Community Legal Services Program Reform Project

Community Legal Services Program Reform Project

The Community Legal Services Program Reform Project is creating a new framework to govern the administration and accountability of funding for community legal centres. The project is being developed in collaboration with the community legal sector in two phases:

  • phase one of the project is designing the new funding and accountability framework
  • phase two will develop the contents of a new agreement to implement the framework.

Phase one

We are currently working on phase one of the project. Key deliverables of this phase include a:

  • critical audit of the current community legal services program
  • discussion paper exploring issues that will inform the design of a new framework (released May 2017)
  • options paper putting forward proposals for reform (released August 2017)
  • final report recommending a framework, which reflects stakeholder input and is put to our Board (anticipated February 2018).

Stakeholder feedback will underpin development of each deliverable.

Consultation – we wa​nt your feedback

We are seeking your feedback on the options paper by 31 October 2017. You can provide feedback by emailing us at

You can also participate in one of two workshops. Workshops will be held on 18 and 20 September 2017. Please email to register your interest.

Full details of how to provide feedback can be found in the options paper.

Phase two

Phase two of the project will develop details of the new agreement, based on the framework agreed in phase one. This will be done in consultation with the sector.

A project plan for phase two will be developed in early 2018.

More information

For more information about the project, please email us at

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