Legal Services Expenditure 2020-2021

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 (on an accruals basis, GST exclusive) for 2020-21 was as follows:

  Professional Fees Counsel Disbursements Total
Department of Finance (excluding Comcover) $6,481,160 $676,003 $152,182 $7,309,345
*Comcover $25,538,965 $5,562,677 $1,171,603 $32,273,245
Department of Finance – Total External $32,020,125 $6,238,680 $1,323,785 $39,582,590

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 2020-21 was $1,526,225.

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