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 name of each sponsor type below links to a Factsheet that will assist you in understanding the documentation and information, as well as insurance, qualifications, and referee detail requirements you need to complete your application.

Below there are also links to “How to” videos, the WDO Guidelines and Self Service Portal user guide, that will provide you with more detailed information on submitting an application and other WDO processes.

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 (GP, specialist doctor or physician)
  • Registered psychologist
  • Nurse

Government Organisation: Includes services with Commonwealth, state, or local government employees, which may be a state-wide, cross-regional, or specific government department or program.

Non-Government Organisation-Not-For-Profit: Organisations that operate under an NGO not-for-profit structure including a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commisision (ACNC) or a community organisation registered under the Associations Incorporations Act.

Non-Government Organisation-For-Profit: Organisations that operate under a for-profit structure such as a sole trader, company, or partnership. For-profit organisations include independent social workers, therapists, or accredited mental health social workers; registered training operators (RTO) and companies providing charitable services under a profit structure.

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.

The asterisk () indicates mandatory fields.