find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Lawyers weigh up $154m funding boost

Lawyers weigh up $154m funding boost

Legal assistance was handed $154 million yesterday as the Rudd Government announced its Budget._x000D_

LEGAL assistance was handed $154 million yesterday as the Rudd Government announced its Budget.

The injection of funds, to be made over four years, has been welcomed by the various legal professional bodies. The Law Council of Australia said it welcomed the funding into a “chronically under-funded area”.

Attorney General Robert McClelland said yesterday: “This is the largest and most significant injection of new funding into the legal assistance sector for well over a decade.”

The additional funding will be provided from 1 July 2010 and will include an additional $92.3 million over four years for legal aid, $34.9 million over four years for Indigenous legal services, and $26.8 million over four years for community legal services programs.

While the Victorian Bar said the $92.3m for legal aid does not go far enough, the Law Council of Australia said that, overall, it is a “substantial increase in recurrent expenditure”, said Law Council president Glenn Ferguson.

“Notwithstanding the significant injection of funds received in this Budget, the legal assistance sector will still be grossly underfunded and suffering the effects of many years of neglect from the previous government,” Ferguson said.

He agreed with the Victorian Bar that the $92.3m for legal aid falls short of the required budget.

“This amounts to $23 million per annum and is significantly short of the $43 million the Law Council indicated was required for legal aid this year alone to begin to provide better access to justice,” Mr Ferguson said.

The investment takes the Commonwealth’s total funding for legal assistance services to over $1.2 billion over four years.

The Government, meanwhile, said of the $154m: “Consistent with the Government’s Strategic Framework for Access to Justice, the funding will focus on early intervention and will reinforce a shift away from expensive adversarial court litigation.”



Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyers weigh up $154m funding boost
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Quentin Bryce
Oct 18 2017
DV has worsened in a generation: Quentin Bryce
Former governor-general of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has spoken of her deep distress about...
Lawyers
Oct 18 2017
Academics entertain the idea of law without lawyers
Researchers from Queensland will explore some of the most disruptive trends tipped to transform the ...
Please, Continue (Hamlet), Melbourne Festival
Oct 16 2017
Hamlet suffers slings and arrows of top Victorian barristers
Victorian judges and barristers have performed the unique play Please, Continue (Hamlet) at the Melb...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...