National Legal Assistance Partnership

National Legal Assistance Partnership

Legal aid is a co-operative scheme between the Commonwealth and state governments to provide legal help to those who need it most. 

The legal assistance sector helps people to live healthy and productive lives in our community. We act as a safety net, supporting people to navigate complex systems, understand their rights and responsibilities and working with the community to prevent legal problems from occurring or getting worse. 

A National Partnership Agreement (NPA) provides Commonwealth Government funding to states and territories to distribute to legal aid commissions and community legal centres. Commonwealth funding for legal aid must be used for preventative and early intervention services or for Commonwealth law matters only (such as family law, child support, social security and Commonwealth criminal matters). 

The current agreement will expire on 30 June 2020.

The states and territories have been negotiating with the Commonwealth government on the next agreement, called the National Legal Assistance Partnership. The Victorian government has recently confirmed it will sign on to the new agreement, which will take effect from 1 July 2020.

More information

Read about our vision, purpose and values.

Read our reconciliation action plan.

Read about organisations we work with

Read the Victorian Government’s 2016 Access to Justice review.

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