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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 454

Department: External Legal Services

(Question No. 233)


Mr Keogh asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 7 November 2016:

What sum did the departments and agencies within the Minister's portfolio spend in 2015-16 on external legal services.


Mr Keenan: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Legal Services Directions 2005 require that non-corporate Commonwealth entities publish the details their legal services expenditure annually. This information, including the legal services expenditure of corporate Commonwealth entities, is also required to be reported to the Office of Legal Services Coordination for the purposes of the Commonwealth's Legal Services Expenditure report.

External legal service expenditure figures for entities in the portfolio are contained in the following table.

Portfolio Entity

Sum

Attorney-General's Department

$24,322,510.03

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

$139,033.13

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

$46,472.07

Australian Crime Commission

$418,008.76

Australian Federal Police

$5,497,461.61

Australian Financial Security Authority

$414,521.98

Australian Institute of Criminology

$4,539.00

Australian Law Reform Commission

Nil

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation*

-

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

$1,283,200.74

CrimTrac Agency

$359,790.13

Family Court and Federal Circuit Court

$39,725.55

Federal Court of Australia

$120,210.94

National Archives of Australia

$179,944.39

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

$253,777.15

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

$31,005.89

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

$38,377.00

Australian Human Rights Commission

$13,040.92

Total

$33,161,619.29

*Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has an exemption from the obligation under the Legal Services Directions 2005 to annually publish details of their legal services expenditure.