Community Programs

5.0 Member Advocacy and Advice

Legal Aid

Initial consultation – Part 1. Up to a two-hour consultation with a legal representative. All assistance with legal fees does not replace assistance provided by the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS).

Required documentation:

Applicants for benefits under this policy must provide quotes for fees and other documents. In some case, members also may be required to submit an expenditure acquittal.

Exclusions / conditions:

IBN will not pay member fines, bankruptcy expenses, taxes or debts.

Approval for IBN legal assistance and financial advice must be received before attending the appointment.

Benefits are paid directly to the service provider upon provision of an invoice.

Before lodging an application, members are required to first access other available services and support, such as ALS or Legal Aid. IBN may seek cost-sharing with other agencies or subsidise legal expenses to the extent that other funds are not available.

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Further legal costs – Part 2. Maximum $10,000 toward legal fees incurred in support of the objects of the IBN Charitable Foundation Trust Deed, and consistent with the law.

Required documentation:

Applicants for benefits under this policy must provide quotes for fees and other documents. In some case, members also may be required to submit an expenditure acquittal.

Exclusions / conditions:

IBN will not pay member fines, bankruptcy expenses, taxes or debts.

Approval for IBN legal assistance and financial advice must be received before attending the appointment.

Benefits are paid directly to the service provider upon provision of an invoice.

Before lodging an application, members are required to first access other available services and support, such as ALS or Legal Aid. IBN may seek cost-sharing with other agencies or subsidise legal expenses to the extent that other funds are not available.

Except in exceptional circumstances, IBN Corporation will not fund inter-member or intra-group legal disputes or matters, or those which involve disputes between or among IBN Corporation, IBN Members, IBN Representative Corporations or trusts administered by IBN Corporation. (Clause 1.4 of the Policy on Funding Legal Fees and Disbursements).

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Financial and tax advice

IBN partners with other service providers that can offer advice to members on financial management and household budgeting. Members do not have to fill in a form to access this program. Please speak to a Field Officer or the Member Services team to be referred.