Legal Services Expenditure 2019-2020

Paragraph 11.1(ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2017 requires that, by 30 October each year, entities make records of the legal services expenditure for the previous financial year publicly available.


The Department of Finance’s total external legal expenditure (GST exclusive, rounded to the nearest dollar) for 2019-20 was as follows:

  Professional Fees Counsel Disbursements Total
Department of Finance (excluding Comcover) $4,136,112 $90,338 $110,434 $4,336,884
*Comcover $15,867,351 $2,488,905 $938,574 $19,294,830
Department of Finance – Total External $20,003,463 $2,579,243 $1,049,008 $23,631,714

Note: All figures are rounded to the nearest dollar.

* Comcover is the Australian Government's general insurance fund and provides insurance and risk management services to Australian Government Departments and entities. Comcover is managed by the Department of Finance.


The Department of Finance’s internal legal expenditure for 2019-20 was $1,308,750.

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