Barristers’ Benevolent Fund

Application for assistance

How to submit an application

An application form has been prepared as a guide to members wishing to make an application and to enable applications to be determined efficiently. You should not feel constrained by the form. You may provide any additional information in your email enclosing the application.

The application form can be completed online by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can obtain a copy of the application form in Microsoft Word format by clicking here. Once you have completed that form, please email the form in either Microsoft Word format or PDF format to the Executive Director.

The object of the Barristers’ Benevolent Association of NSW is to:

‘afford assistance in necessitous and deserving cases to persons who are or have been Members of the Bar of New South Wales, practising in New South Wales, their spouse (including surviving spouse), partner in a defacto relationship (both opposite and same sex relationships) (including surviving defacto partner), children (including adopted children and children of any aforementioned spouse or partner) and such other persons whomsoever as may be determined by the Committee of Management (whose decision shall be final and conclusive) to be dependants of such first mentioned persons’.

All applications are confidential and are considered by the Executive of the NSW Bar Association under delegation from the Committee of Management. The Executive reports to the Committee of Management but does not release the names of applicants or recipients of funds.

Information held by the New South Wales Bar Association about its members, holders of New South Wales Barristers’ Practising Certificates, staff and clients is, as applicable, collected, stored, used and disclosed in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act). The Association is committed to uphold the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Act. The Association’s Privacy Policy can be viewed here.

In order to maintain the NSW Barristers’ Benevolent Fund’s taxation status, its funds must be used only for the relief of persons in necessitous and deserving circumstances. It is therefore necessary to inquire into your personal and financial circumstances, even where the amount of assistance sought is relatively small. While a person’s income is a useful guide, it is not determinative.

While the terms of the fund do not limit the amount that may be granted, the Committee of Management must be careful to preserve the capital so far as possible. Assistance in relation to COVID-19 related applications will generally be given in the form of a loan. These may be granted on interest free terms. The terms of the loan will be reviewed 12 months from the granting of the loan.

Because of the need to manage the affairs of the Association prudently approval for assistance may not be given if alternative sources of support are reasonably available, such as claims on insurance funds, hardship relief from financial institutions, available credit facilities, or gifts or loans from family.

Where there is a pressing and urgent needs for funds in order for the applicant to meet everyday needs, such as food and medicine, loans of up to $2,000 can be made available on an urgent basis. If you require such assistance, please provide the necessary details below.