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Legal Aid funding in crisis – is there a fix? Launch of options paper

National Legal Aid has commissioned Impact Economics and Policy to develop a funding options paper. This paper examines several options for increased legal assistance funding. It is intended to encourage conversations with government and other stakeholders concerned with legal assistance about what is possible, and to detail the risks and benefits of the options outlined. The options identified include a legal sector levy with a tiered approach based on how much legal assistance work law firms undertake, a social levy utilising gambling revenue and a HECS like loan system.

Domestic and family violence legal services urge Federal and State Governments to introduce suite of national reforms to stop crisis

A coalition of legal assistance services are calling on the Federal and State/Territory Governments to introduce a series of reforms to address the domestic and family violence crisis, including a family violence risk information scheme, investment in and coordination of legal assistance services and reforms to visas for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.

NLA Statement on the Final Report of the Independent Review of National Legal Assistance Partnership

National Legal Aid welcomes the release of the NLAP Review Report. The Report acknowledges that the legal assistance sector has been under-resourced for more than a decade and its 39 recommendations outline a range of reforms that acknowledge this and aim to re-build the sector, both in terms of expanding service delivery capacity and in solidifying infrastructure, evidence and sustainability.

National Legal Aid welcomes the National Legal Assistance Partnership Independent Review Report and calls for an implementation plan

National Legal Aid (NLA) welcomes the release of the final report of the Independent Review (the Review) of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP).

Federal Government listens and designs an appeals body to restore trust in government decisions post Robodebt

Economic Justice Australia and National Legal Aid welcome the Federal Government’s new administrative review body, which passed the Senate today. The new Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) aims to better help people appeal government decisions and enable effective independent review of social security decisions.

Legal Aid urges Federal Government to make long term investment in legal assistance

National Legal Aid welcomes indexation of National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP) core funding and the announcement of funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and Community Legal Centres to address workforce gaps.

Release of legal assistance data good first step in better understanding access to justice

National Legal Aid welcomes the first ever release of national legal assistance data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as an important first step in providing the full picture of access to justice in Australia.

Continuation of vital family law funding welcomed

National Legal Aid (NLA) has welcomed the MYEFO commitment to providing $17.1 million to Legal Aid Commissions across Australia in recognition of the ongoing impact of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) reforms.

A huge step forward in access to justice in discrimination claims

The Power to Prevent Coalition welcomes the costs reforms introduced in parliament on 15 November 2023 by the Attorney General, The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC. The Bill will implement recommendation 25 of the Respect@Work Report.

First for Australia in discrimination law – legal costs risks to be reduced for those experiencing workplace discrimination and sexual harassment

The Attorney General, The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC, has this month introduced a bill that aims to remove financial barriers that prevent victims of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment from seeking justice. This is a breakthrough development for victim-survivor rights to legal justice, and a significant change from the changes being considered by Government 12 months ago.

New research shows Legal Aid on the brink of failure amid rising demand

National Legal Aid commissioned Impact Economics to provide updated modelling of the 2014 Productivity Commission Access to Justice Report recommendations as they pertain to Legal Aid. This report – Justice on the Brink  – estimates that an increase of $484 million in Legal Aid funding per year is required to address the gaps identified in the Productivity Commission Report.

National Legal Aid welcomes the passing of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023

National Legal Aid welcomes the passing of the Family Law Amendment Bill in Parliament today.

First Nations voices at the centre of With You Training

First Nations lawyers, psychologists and people with a lived experience of trauma gather to ensure First Nations voices are at the centre of With You Training.

Robodebt report highlights the connection between the public good and legal assistance

National Legal Aid welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme and calls for the implementation of all 57 recommendations including a review of funding for legal assistance.

Legal assistance review is the opportunity to deliver access to justice as demand grows during tough times

Australia’s leading legal assistance and peak professional representative bodies are calling on the Commonwealth Government to keep justice within reach of our most disadvantaged, ahead of its mid-cycle review of funding for legal assistance services.

Legal assistance services look to the National Legal Assistance partnership Review as an opportunity for vital investment

National Legal Aid welcomes the significant Budget commitment to ending violence against women and children and its focus on ending violence against First Nations women and children.

Family Law changes are supported by key legal assistance services

National Legal Aid has joined with Women’s Legal Services Australia in support of the Family Law Amendment Bill.

NLA supports findings of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s Review

National Legal Aid supports the findings of the Independent National Security Monitor’s Review and calls for urgent consideration of its recommendations.

Major Resources

NLA Strategic Plan

Our purpose is to lead and encourage a national system of legal aid which allows economically disadvantaged people to obtain access to justice and to provide a forum for engagement at a national level.

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National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services

This Agreement will facilitate access to justice for disadvantaged people in Australia through the delivery of legal assistance services.

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National Initiatives

With You

A training package for trauma-informed, rights-based legal services to people experiencing distress, poor mental health and/or suicidality.
With You training will be available nationally in early 2024 and will be offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Community Legal Centres, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and Legal Aid Commissions.

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Defence & Veterans Legal Service

A free national service that provides independent information and legal advice to support Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans, as well as their families, carers and supporters, to safely share their experiences with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

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Simple, smart separation

A ground-breaking new service has been launched to help separating couples resolve their disagreements online. amica is a simple, affordable and quick way for couples to agree on parenting, property and money issues when they separate.

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Your Story Disability Legal Support

A free national legal service that provides information and advice to members of the public who want to participate in the Disability Royal Commission.
This service is a joint initiative of National Legal Aid and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

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Family Violence Law Help

Family Violence Law Help is a national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help. This website was developed by the Domestic Violence Unit of Legal Aid NSW on behalf of National Legal Aid.

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