Legal assistance services in regional and remote Western Australia will receive over $1 million in extra support from the Government, announced this week by the Federal Attorney-General.
Legal Aid WA will receive additional one-off funding of $500,000 to continue its Country Lawyers Program, which aims to encourage lawyers to practice in regional and remote areas of Western Australia.
Also receiving extra support is the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, with the Government announcing an additional $620,000 as a one-off to assist it in finalising cases arising out of the Western Australian Indigenous Justice Taskforce.
Addressing the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) annual conference in Western Australia, Attorney-General Robert McClelland also announced this week a $3 million boost to family violence prevention services across Australia.
The funding will assist FVPLS, Women's Legal Services and Indigenous Women's Projects to lodge victim's compensation claims; provide legal and related support to victims to ensure their rights are protected; and increase the awareness of services through improved resources and community legal education initiatives.
In 2009-10 FVPLS received $19.4 million from the Australian Government to provide legal advice, assistance and related services to Indigenous victims of family violence in 31 regional and remote locations across Australia.