Commonwealth Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus KC took the opportunity at the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference today to announce the beginning of an Independent Review of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP).
The five-year NLAP, which is due to expire on 30 June 2025, is a $2.4 billion agreement between the state and territory governments and the Commonwealth to fund legal assistance services for the country’s most vulnerable. Those services include Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
Mr Dreyfus, who was addressing the second and final day of the conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, announced the review would be conducted by former Productivity Commission chief Dr Warren Mundy.
He said the review, due to be completed in early 2024, would consider how future arrangements could provide better access to justice for all who needed it.