The Attorney General's rates (also referred to as AG's Rates or Attorney's rates) are rates set by the Attorney General payable to legal representatives (solicitors, Junior and Senior Counsel) engaged by and on behalf of Government departments and agencies and public officials.
On 29 July 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the annual inflation rate fell over the year to 30 June 2020. Accordingly, the Attorney General decided the AG’s rates would remain fixed at the rates announced on 1 August 2019. The AG’s rates will be reviewed mid-August 2021.
From, 1 August 2020, the following rates apply:
The above rates include all overheads, secretarial, legal and administrative assistance but not out of pocket disbursements. The rates are GST exclusive.
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.
While the above are maximum daily and hourly rates, agencies can negotiate lower rates with Junior and Senior Counsel and Solicitors.
The Attorney's rates are to apply to matters such as:
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 (pdf)