The Attorney General's rates (also referred to as AG's Rates or Attorney's rates) are rates which have been set by the Attorney General and are payable to legal representatives (solicitors, Junior and Senior Counsel) engaged by and on behalf of Government departments and agencies and public officials.
The Attorney's rates for Senior Counsel apply to all matters.
The Attorney's rates for Junior Counsel and Solicitors apply to matters such as:
representation of Ministers, public officials or public sector employees who have been approved for ex gratia assistance under Premier's Memorandum 99-11;
representation before ICAC, Police Integrity Commission or similar Commission proceedings; and
in respect of costs associated with certificates under the Suitor's Fund Act and with the Costs in Criminal Cases Act.
The Attorney's rates include all overheads, secretarial, legal and administrative assistance but not out of pocket disbursements. The rates are GST exclusive.
The current Attorney's rates (as at 1 August 2017) are as follows:
Solicitor - $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2,850 plus GST
Junior Counsel - $285 per hour with a daily maximum of $2,140 plus GST
Senior Counsel - $470 per hour with a daily maximum of $4,700 plus GST
The daily maximum for Solicitors and Senior Counsel is based on a 10 hour day.
The daily maximum for Junior Counsel is based on a 7.5 hour day.
The daily rate is a maximum rate. There is no entitlement to the maximum daily rate. Work performed over a day can be charged at the hourly rate up to but not exceeding the stated daily maximum per calendar day or 24 hour period.
These are maximum daily and hourly rates, agencies can negotiate lower rates with Junior and Senior Counsel and Solicitors.
For further information regarding the AG Rates please see the Attorney General's rates for Legal Representation Fact sheet and FAQs.
Attorney General's rates for Legal Representation Fact sheet and FAQs [PDF 218 KB]