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Work and Development Orders


Once you start an application to become a Work and Development Order (WDO) sponsor, you must complete all mandatory fields and submit the application.

You will not be able to save a partially completed application.

WDO Sponsor Application

The Sponsor Application Factsheet will assist you in understanding your insurance, qualifications and referee detail requirements, as well as the documentation and information you need to complete your application.

Sponsor types are:

Health Practitioner: A Health Practitioner for the purposes of the WDO program is defined under Section 99A of the Fines Act 1996 as a:

  • registered medical practitioner
  • registered psychologist
  • nurse

Government Organisation: Includes Local, State or Federal Government Departments

Non-Government Organisation: Includes Not-For-Profit and For-Profit organisations, including Social Workers

If you would like further assistance, please contact the WDO Hotline on 1300 478 879 between 8:30am and 5:00pm or email your local Legal Aid NSW WDO service on WDO@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

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