Legal expenditure – backgrounder

In 2017–2018, DVA spent $9.44 million on external legal services through a number of legal providers.

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This expenditure includes legal services to support the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) process, and also relates to a wide range of legal matters concerning the department, such as commercial and procurement matters.

Any veteran who is dissatisfied with any aspect of a decision affecting them has a right to seek a review / appeal of that decision.

DVA engages external legal firms to provide legal advice and representation in AAT matters.

DVA is legally obligated to assist in all aspects of AAT proceedings that are brought against DVA.