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Extra $6 million for legal assistance sector

Extra $6 million for legal assistance sector

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced additional one-off funding of $6 million for legal assistance services.The funding will provide $3.6 million for the development of pilot…

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced additional one-off funding of $6 million for legal assistance services.

The funding will provide $3.6 million for the development of pilot programs to build partnerships and greater collaboration between all family relationship centres and nearby community legal centres.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Services were awarded $916,000 in funding to address an increased demand for services and to improve infrastructure such as information technology.

Community legal services received $1.5 million which will focus on assisting disadvantaged older Australians, family law matters including prevention of violence and early intervention and developing clinical legal education projects.

The funding will also contribute to the establishment of a trial legal clinic for homeless persons in the ACT and funding to assist the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic in Victoria.

"Legal assistance services are critical to effective early intervention by helping people resolve problems before they escalate and lead to entrenched disadvantage," McClelland said.

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