Public Purposes Trust

Public Purposes Trust

Public Purposes Trust

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The Law Society’s Public Purposes Trust (the Trust) was established in 1985. “A copy of the deed establishing the Trust is set out in the Schedule to the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Act 1985 (WA) (the Act).” The Law Society of Western Australia (Inc.) is the trustee of the Law Society Public Purposes Trust.

In its role as Trustee, the Law Society sets policies with regard to the investment of the Trust’s assets and provides administration services to the Trust. The Trust receives its income from two sources, being income from the Trust’s investments and 49% of the interest paid by banks, on Solicitors Trust Accounts in Western Australia.

The Law Society does not decide which applications receive funding. Applications are assessed through an independent three stage process by an Allocations Committee and the Attorney General.

For more information please read frequently asked questions.

Objectives of the Trust

Objectives of the Trust

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For an application to be eligible for funding it must fall within the objectives of the Public Purposes Trust.  It is the responsibility of applicant to identify which object(s) from 1 to 3(e) the project/program falls within.

The Objectives of the Trust are:

  1. To advance the education of the community, and any section of it, with respect to the law
  2. To advance the collection, assessment and dissemination to the community, and any section of it, of information relating to the law
  3. To improve the access of the community, and any section of it, to legal services

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the objects shall include, to the extent that they are in aid of any of the principal objects, any of the following:

  • To advance the education with respect to the law of persons desiring to study law, law students, law graduates, legal practitioners, and persons having responsibility for legal education and for the administration of the law and the legal system
  • To establish and advance law libraries and legal information services, including computerised legal information retrieval services
  • To advance the examination of the law, the legal system, the legal profession, legal education, legal services and the effect of any of them on the community, or any section of it

The objects of the Trust shall also include:

  • To promote and establish any body having objects altogether or in part similar to any of the objects set out in this Clause 3 and to sponsor or otherwise support activities of any such body insofar as the same shall be incidental or conducive to any of the objects set out in this Clause 3; and
  • To carry out, encourage and support any act, matter or thing which is or may be incidental or conducive to any of the above objects or which may be conveniently done in connection therewith.

Applications in 2017 pertained to Annual Grants (2018-2019).

For information on the application and assessment process, read our annual information booklet.

Public Purposes Trust Grant Application

Public Purposes Trust Grant Application

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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How often are Public Purposes Trust grants available?

Grants can only be applied for only once per year.  Grants applications can be submitted requesting funds for an annual or triennial basis (3 years).  Applications are advertised in May/June each year and close in July of the same year.

Can I apply for more than one grant at a time?

For example –  one annual application and one triennial application?

Yes.  Applications may be made for both annual and triennial.  Applicants who unsuccessfully apply for triennial funding, will still be eligible to receive an annual grant.  Applicants applying for a triennial grant will need to advise whether they would like to be considered for an annual grant in the event their triennial grant application is unsuccessful.

Please note that the triennial funding for 2016-2019 has been finalised and is now closed.

What is the limit of the grant application?

There is no limit on the amount you can apply for.  Keep in mind however, that the annual allocation may vary each year and applications for grants generally exceed the amount that is available for distribution.

How can I apply for a grant?

Details on the how to apply for a grant are available in the Information for Applicants.

Each application is to be completed using the online format in full and where relevant to the proposed project/service. A copy of the supporting documentation must be attached for each application as detailed in the attachments section of the online form.

All enquiries should be directed to:

The Secretary
Public Purposes Trust
The Law Society of Western Australia
PO Box Z5345
PERTH   WA   6831

Email: ppt@lawsocietywa.asn.au

How is my grant application assessed?

Grant applications are assessed by an independent Allocations Committee.  Applications are assessed in terms of meeting one or more of the objectives of the trust, the purpose of the project/program and the outcome for the community.  These are explained further in the Information for Applicants.  Recommendations for approval or disapproval are submitted to the Attorney General for consideration.

Can I appeal the decision on a disapproved grant application?

No. The decision to approve or disapprove an application is final.

When will I know the outcome of my grant application?

Applicants are notified of the result of their application in January/February of the following year of application lodgment.

If I am approved, how do I receive my funds?

Applicants are required to invoice the Public Purposes Trust no later than 31 July of the application year for any, and all, approved application funds (this includes both annual and triennial).  Invoices received after this date will not be paid by the Trust.  Payment is made in Australian dollars via Electronic Funds Transfer in the recipient’s nominated bank account or by cheque.

How do I spend my funds?

The grant may only be used to pay expenses incurred in the financial year, or each of the years in the case of a triennial application, and only the for purpose for which it has been granted.

When do I acquit my grant?

A report of actual expenditure versus budget is to be completed and provided within two months of the end of the funding year.  A statement of compliance to funding conditions must also be provided.

What happens if I don’t spend all the allocated funds during the approval year?

If funds have not been expended in the relevant year the remaining funds are to be returned with an annual report of expenditure and statement of compliance.

Can the funding period be extended beyond the 30 June deadline?

Yes, in exceptional circumstances.  An application needs to be submitted to the Allocations Committee prior to the 30 June of the funded year setting out the conditions why funds could not be utilised by the end of the allocated period.