Legal funding a welcome announcement

Legal funding a welcome announcement

Monday, 24 April 2017

We have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will restore funding to community legal centres across the country.

Acting Executive Director, Access and Equity, Jon Cina says that this decision will provide greater certainty for community legal services and the thousands of people who rely on them every year.

'The cuts to funding were due to come into effect on 1 July and would have meant that a significant number of people would have been unable to get the help they need to deal with their legal problems' he said. 

'We’re glad that the government has listened to calls from community legal services, legal aid commissions and many others not to cut funding to these vital services. This is an acknowledgement of the importance and quality of the work that these services do, providing some of the most disadvantaged Australians with access to justice.'

'However, this decision still leaves a significant justice gap. In 2014, the Productivity Commission recommended an immediate $200 million funding boost to the sector and a range of other measures to meet the community’s essential legal needs.'

'Today’s announcement will deliver some immediate relief but not the increased investment that’s vital to responding effectively and sustainably to the community’s essential legal needs' said Jon.

More information

Read more about the 2014 Access to Justice report