The Australian Legal Assistance Forum has been established to enable the members to consider and address Australian legal assistance issues in a co-operative way and to make recommendations on those issues in a co-ordinated fashion.
Who is ALAF?
The Australian Legal Assistance Forum (ALAF) is an organisation whose participants are representatives of the following organisations (the Parties):
- National Legal Aid representing the directors of all legal aid commissions in Australia, and through them those commissions.
- Law Council of Australia representing Australian lawyers and their state and territory representative bodies.
- Representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
- National Association of Community Legal Centres representing community legal centres throughout Australia.
- National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum representing the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia.
Objectives, intended activities
- To promote co-operation between legal assistance service providers to ensure that clients’ individual legal needs are met with the most appropriate and effective service available.
- To regularly disseminate information and promote communication amongst the service providers on issues of mutual concern to enhance the ability of those providers to address client needs.
- To actively demonstrate support for the Parties and their respective roles in the delivery of effective legal assistance services across Australia.
- To inform governments and other organisations on the needs of legal assistance client groups and on issues relevant to the practical, effective and sustainable delivery of legal assistance and representation services.
- To assist governments and other organisations in the development of policies to enhance access to justice for all people in Australia.
Australian Legal Assistance Forum
Secretariat: Louise Smith
GPO Box 1422 Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6236 3814