McGowan Govt Provides Financial Aid For Community Legal Centres

McGowan Govt Provides Financial Aid For Community Legal Centres

Western Australia Attorney General John Quigley

State Government To Meet Community Legal Centres Funding Shortfall

Victor P Taffa

  • State Government to provide community legal centres with almost $1.2 Million to compensate for the loss of funding from the Legal Contribution Trust
  • Federal Government has announced it will restore funding to the community legal sector

McGowan Government will provide about $1.2 Million to the community legal sector to ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable Western Australians have access to free legal help.

“Providing access to justice services for all Western Australians is a high priority for the State Government.” Attorney General John Quigley said.

“Community legal centres provide practical legal assistance for the most vulnerable in our community.”

Community legal centres were facing a funding shortfall after being notified last year that there would be no distribution from the Legal Contribution Trust from July 1, 2017.

“I welcome the Federal Government’s announcement to restore funding to the community legal sector.” Attorney General Quigley said.

Community legal centres are an essential component of the legal assistance sector framework in Western Australia, providing assistance to more than 27,000 Western Australians each year.

They are situated throughout the State, in the metropolitan area and in most major regional centres.

In regional centres, where legal services are scarce, community legal centres are particularly important as an alternative source of legal assistance to Legal Aid and the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.