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Attorney General's rates for Legal Representation​

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:

  • Solicitor - $295 per hour with a daily maximum of $2,950 plus GST
  • Junior Counsel - $295 per hour with a daily maximum of $2,212.50 plus GST
  • Senior Counsel - $488 per hour with a daily maximum of $4,880 plus GST

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:

  • representation of Ministers, public officials or public sector employees who have been approved for ex gratia assistance under Premier's Memorandum 19-01;
  • representation before ICAC, Law Enforcement Conduct 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.

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)

Past AG Rates​

1 August 2019 – 31 July 2020

​Legal Representative
Hourly Rate – plus GST
Daily Maximum
​Solicitor
​$295
​$2,950 plus GST
​Junior Counsel
​$295
​$2,212.50 plus GST
​Senior Counsel
​$488
​$4,800 plus GST


1 August 2018 – 31 July 2019

​Legal Representative
Hourly Rate – plus GST
Daily Maximum
​Solicitor
​$290
​$2,900 plus GST
​Junior Counsel
​$290
​$2,175 plus GST
​Senior Counsel
​$480
​$4,800 plus GST


1 August 2017 – 31 July 2018

​Legal Representative
Hourly Rate – plus GST
Daily Maximum
​Solicitor
​$285
​$2,850 plus GST
​Junior Counsel
​$285
​$2,140 plus GST
​Senior Counsel
​$470
​$4,700 plus GST


1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017

Legal RepresentativeHourly Rate – plus GSTDaily Maximum
Solicitor$280 $2,800 plus GST
Junior Counsel$280$2,100 plus GST
Senior Counsel$460$4,600 plus GST


1 October 2010 – 31 July 2016


Legal RepresentativeHourly Rate – plus GSTDaily Maximum
Solicitor$240$2,400 plus GST
Junior Counsel$240$1,800 plus GST
Senior Counsel$400$4,000 plus GST