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Legal Aid Funding Boost

Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 11:55 am
Staff Reporter
The Federal Government is to boost funding for legal assistance services across Australia.

Thursday, 30th August 2012
at 11:55 am
Staff Reporter



Legal Aid Funding Boost
Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 11:55 am

The Federal Government is to boost funding for legal assistance services across Australia.

In announcing an additional $1.6 million for 21 community legal centres and legal aid commissions, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the funding was targeted to where it is needed most.

"This funding boost recognises that many of these legal assistance services are experiencing significant demand.”

A recent ACOSS report revealed a crisis engulfing the nation’s community legal services. The report found that 14 per cent (or 11,693 people) presenting for help were turned away over the past year.

It found that about 73 per cent of legal services around the country reported not being about to meet demand for services, surpassed only by the problems we know are facing housing and homeless services

"One-off funding for legal aid commissions in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT is also included to help those commissions meet the costs of providing assistance under the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services,” Attorney General Roxon said.

Project Amount State
Australian Centre for Disability Law NSW to continue to employ a centre director $45,000 NSW
Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW to help meet increasing demand for services particularly in relation to insurances from natural disasters $100,000 NSW
South West Sydney Legal Centre, funding where income management is being introduced $50,000 NSW
Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre for rent & service delivery assistance $80,000 NSW
Marrickville Legal Centre  to help meet demand $50,000 NSW
Shoalcoast CLC to help meet demand $50,000 NSW
Rural Women’s Outreach to help meet demand due to income management introduction $50,000 NSW
Central Coast CLC to help meet demand $50,000 NSW
Hawkesbury Nepean CLC for Domestic Violence Support + Aboriginal Legal Access Program $50,000 NSW
Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre to maintain the Aboriginal Legal Access Program $50,000 NSW
Far West CLC in anticipation of increased demand due to income management $50,000 NSW
Top End Women’s Legal Service for extra staff to help meet demand $50,000 NT
Womens Legal Service Qld to help meet demand $50,000 Qld
Central Community Legal Service SA to develop a phone application $15,000 SA
Youthlaw Victoria, funding for Youthlaw online and Braybrook Outreach $25,000 Vic
Homeless Persons Clinic (PILCH) $80,000 Vic
Fitzroy, Caxton and Redfern CLCs to fund an online discrimination law service $50,000 Vic
Association of Employees with Disability  to maintain one lawyer position $70,000 Vic
Murray Mallee CLS to meet demand of duty lawyer services for family violence at court  Our office to do release $70,000 Vic
Funding to Loddon-Campaspe CLC who provides services for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Goulburn Valley CLC in anticipation of increased demand due to income management $50,000 Vic
Kimberley Community Legal Service WA to provide financial training for staff $20,000 WA

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