The government is undertaking a review of its $1.3 billion legal assistance, hiring an independent group to help drive reform.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has announced the Allen Consulting Group will conduct a major, independent review of Australia’s Commonwealth-funded legal assistance services.
The review, to be completed by 30 June 2013, is aimed at ensuring the Commonwealth-funded legal assistance services are cost effective and help those most in need.
“The appointment of the Allen Consulting Group marks the commencement of the review, which will help drive important reform across the legal assistance sector,” Roxon said.
The selection of the Allen Consulting Group comes after the completion of an open tender process.
The review will involve the Commonwealth and all states and territories, and will include extensive consultation with service providers.
All four Commonwealth legal assistance programs will be included in the review, including Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, and family violence prevention legal services.