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    The application package for the 2024-2027 preferred supplier agreement is now available.  This agreement will commence on 1 August 2024.

    All firms are encouraged to submit a completed application to psupp.coordinator@legalaid.qld.gov.au

    We will let all applicants know of their application’s outcome once we have made a decision

    Legal Aid Queensland preferred suppliers

    Legal Aid Queensland has developed partnerships with about 400 private legal practitioners (who we refer to as preferred suppliers) throughout Queensland. This statewide network ensures demand for legal aid services is met and clients can still receive legal help despite being unable to access a local Legal Aid Queensland office.

    Preferred suppliers undertake work on our behalf in criminal, family and civil law matters in line with the Commonwealth and state legal aid service priorities.

    The Preferred Supplier List consists of several sub lists:

    • Criminal law general
    • Criminal law youth
    • Criminal law life
    • Family law general
    • Family law - Cross Examination of Parties Scheme
    • Civil law anti-discrimination
    • Civil law child protection
    • Civil law domestic violence
    • Civil law Commonwealth administrative law
    • Civil law inquests
    • Civil law proceeds of crime
    • Civil law war veterans
    • Civil law workers’ compensation

    Further details about the work that can be performed under each of these sub lists are available in the application guidelines(PDF, 299KB) .

    How do I apply to become a preferred supplier?

    The application package for the 2024-2027 preferred supplier agreement is now available.  This agreement will commence on 1 August 2024.

    All firms are encouraged to submit a completed application to psupp.coordinator@legalaid.qld.gov.au

    We will let all applicants know of their application’s outcome once we have made a decision.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Coordinators, Preferred Supplier Strategy on:

    2024-2027 preferred supplier agreement

    The preferred supplier agreement is between Legal Aid Queensland and a practice operating at a specified location. If you are an existing preferred supplier but are applying for inclusion of a new office, you will also need to complete a new preferred supplier application for the new office.

    There are two application packages, depending on whether you are an existing preferred supplier or a firm that does not have a current preferred supplier agreement:

    1. Existing preferred supplier renewal application

      An existing preferred supplier has a 2021-2024 preferred supplier agreement. This agreement expires on 31 July 2024. Existing firms that want to continue as a preferred supplier after this date will need to reapply for inclusion on the panel.

      Existing preferred suppliers must complete:

      Email your completed application to psupp.coordinator@legalaid.qld.gov.au by close of business on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

      We have made some changes to the preferred supplier agreement and these are outlined in the Schedule of Changes(PDF, 149KB) .

    2. New preferred supplier application

      New firms wanting to become preferred suppliers (or existing preferred suppliers wanting to add a new office location) must complete:

      Email your completed application to psupp.coordinator@legalaid.qld.gov.au. There is no closing date for new preferred supplier applications.

      To help you address the selection criteria, please read Legal Aid Queensland’s Practice Management and Case Management Standards and policies and procedures.

    Minimum system requirements

    In line with the preferred supplier agreement, (Clause 6.7) “The Preferred Supplier must establish at its own expense, such facilities as are reasonably required by Legal Aid Queensland to enable the electronic lodgement of applications for legal assistance and accounts relating to legal aid work performed and, as far as practicable, to electronically communicate with Legal Aid Queensland in relation to all referrals, requests and information. The Preferred Supplier must ensure that the Preferred Supplier’s staff are adequately trained to use such facilities”.

    You may need to buy the hardware and software needed or upgrade existing equipment. The recommended minimum computer hardware and software requirements are:

    • a Microsoft Windows computer with an active internet connection
    • an active email account
    • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
    • Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome web browser.

    Note: Mac OS (Apple devices) are not supported.

    We also recommend you protect your computer systems with the latest security updates installed and active antivirus software using the latest security updates. We will not be responsible for resending emails if they are lost because of a virus.

    Independent children's lawyers and separate representatives

    These are lawyers appointed by LAQ to provide separate representation for children in family law and child protection proceedings. To be on the panel, practitioners must have practised as a legal practitioner in family law or child protection law for at least 5 years and be able to demonstrate an advanced level of experience and competence in the relevant area.

    Applicants must also have undertaken the relevant training course within the last three years and once their application is submitted to LAQ, they will be required to undertake an interview with the Suitability Assessment Committee.

    New independent children’s lawyer and separate representative application

    New applicants seeking inclusion on the independent children’s lawyer and separate representatives panel should complete the following:

    New applicants seeking inclusion on the Independent children’s lawyer and separate representative panel can submit their application at any time. New applicants will be subject to an interview by the Selection and Suitability Committee before their application is assessed. The Committee usually convenes twice a year and dates for interviews have not yet been set.

    Please send your completed application to psupp.coordinator@legalaid.qld.gov.au

    Legal representation for Mental Health Review Tribunal matters

    Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) is seeking expressions of interest from preferred suppliers and community legal centre for the MHRT Service Orders panel and is specifically seeking service providers in Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

    The MHRT Service Orders panel is utilised for Forensic Order hearings where the Attorney-General elects to appear, Fitness for Trial reviews, Treatment Authority reviews for minors, applications for ECT, and other matters where the MHRT has determined that a client should have legal representation for a matter. The request for representation comes directly from the MHRT and LAQ does not undertake an assessment of the client/patient’s merit or means.

    All practitioners appearing before the MHRT in matters allocated pursuant to the LAQ MHRT Service Order arrangements must have fulfilled the accreditation requirements(PDF, 119KB) prescribed by LAQ.

    Preferred suppliers and community legal centres wishing to apply should complete the following:

    • An application coversheet(PDF, 111KB)
    • A written response to the expression of interest setting out the geographical locations you can service and the details of legal practitioners who will provide the services together with their experience and competence in delivering services to clients with mental health issues.

    When a preferred supplier or and community legal centre is approved inclusion to the MHRT Service Orders panel, the relevant practitioners will then need to apply for and be approved MHRT accreditation before any referrals can be made.

    LAQ’s MHRT Case Management Standards and Best Practice Guidelines for lawyers working with clients in the MHRT can be viewed online.

    The MHRT Service Order clause codes and fees(DOCX, 38KB) can also be viewed online.

    Completed applications should be emailed to Coordinator, Preferred Supplier Strategy. If you have any questions, please email or phone (07) 3917 0467 or 3917 0402. 

    Where clients have applied directly to LAQ for representation when appearing before the MHRT, representation for these matters are referred to solicitors on the Criminal Law Life panel. Solicitors on this panel are also able to lodge legal aid applications for their clients by using Grants Online. The two panels undertake separate work before the MHRT and are not interchangeable.

    Family Dispute Resolution practitioners

    These are lawyers, social workers and psychologists in private practice who are selected to undertake the role of conference chairperson in our family dispute resolution program.

    For further information on making an application please email drs@legalaid.qld.gov.au

    Arbitrators

    These are lawyers who are selected to undertake the role of arbitrator in our property arbitration program.

    For further information on making an application please email drs@legalaid.qld.gov.au

    Last updated 13 June 2024