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Dear Lawyers,

Welcome to the Panels Website.

Here you will be able to:

  • Submit online applications for appointment to Legal Aid NSW Panels
  • Execute your panel service agreement once approved for appointment to a panel

We hope that you find the new site easy to use.

Before using the site, you should read the Panels Application Website Quick Guide. This guide provides information on the website's features, how to apply, using the correspondence feature and executing an online Service Agreement/Undertaking.

Further information about applying for appointment to a panel, panel information packages, the selection process, panel appointments, audits and practice standards can be viewed in the panels, audit and practice standards webpage.

If you have any questions about applying for appointment to a Legal Aid NSW panel or want to provide feedback on using the new website please contact Professional Practices at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

The following Legal Aid NSW Panel is currently under review:

  • Specialist Barrister (Complex Criminal Law) 
  • Specialist Barrister (Criminal Appellate Matters)

The review will look at the panel selection criteria and processes and Practice Standards, along with other documents related to that panel.

Applications for appointment cannot be submitted while a panel is undergoing a review. The panel will re-open for applications once the review is completed.

Information on when the panel will be open for applications will be posted on the Legal Aid NSW website.

Current panel members of these whose memberships are due to expire will be advised in writing of when they will need to apply for reappointment.

For enquiries about the panel reviews and current panel memberships, please contact Professional Practices at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9219 5662.

Information about panel application form availability, due dates and selection committee scheduling can be viewed at the Panel application form availability and scheduling page.  

Users may encounter an error message when attempting to log into the website for the first time where it states that 'the ATLAS SPP person type is not a practitioner'.

You must be fully registered for Grants Online as a 'Practitioner' in order to access the Panels Application website. User accounts created by the firm's administrator is not accepted. 

You must allow for a number of days to complete the registration process with the Legal Aid NSW Service Desk. Your details must be current with the Law Society of NSW or NSW Bar Association in order for the Service Desk to complete the registration in a timely manner.

If you require assistance with your registration, you can contact the Service Desk on 02 9219 5999 or at servicedesk@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.


After logging into the website, you may also encounter an error message which states 'You do not have a service type assigned against your Atlas service provider person. Please contact Panels administrator.'

The error message appears when there is a fault in communication within our system. To get around this, all you need to do is log out and log back in. After logging back in, you should be able to access the application forms.

Before being permitted to undertake work as a Panel member, applicants are required to execute an online Service Agreement. These must be executed through the Panels Application Website. Failure to do so will result in your appointment not being finalised and your panel membership not being activated. 

Instructions for execution:

  1. Log in to the Panels Applications Website and go to the Dashboard.
  1. Click on the link in the service agreements/undertakings box in the Dashboard.
  1. Read the Service Agreement.
  1. After reading the Service Agreement, click on the 'I agree' button

A message confirming the 'Service Agreement has been executed and your panel memberships are now active' will appear. You can view your panel memberships and expiry dates using the Update Personal Details function in Grants Online.

If an error message appears instead of the confirmation above or if you require assistance with executing the online Service Agreement, contact Professional Practices on 02 9219 5662.

You can view the executed Service Agreement by accessing the 'Panel Activity' tab and clicking on the ‘Agreement’ link in the View column. 

Instructions on how to execute the online Service Agreement can be found at the Quick Guide for Panels Application Website (page 11).

To log in, enter your Grants Online username and password and click Log in.

If you are not yet registered for Grants Online, click here to register.

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset your Grants Online password here.

For further assistance with registering for Grants Online or regarding your username and password, contact the Legal Aid NSW Service Desk on 9219 5999 or servicedesk@legalaid.nsw.gov.au