Legal aid funding, Current challenges and the opportunities of cooperative federalism

Final report December 2009

Legal aid in Australia is in need of fundamental national reform. The challenges result from the ongoing impact of past budget cuts and the imposition of a funding distinction between State and Commonwealth legal matters. These decisions have, over time, made it increasingly difficult for the legal aid system to meet its core responsibilities of providing adequate representation for the most disadvantaged Australians facing serious legal problems.

This Report was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at the request of the Australian Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar Council.

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Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey)

August 2012

The first comprehensive quantitative assessment across Australia of an extensive range of legal needs on a representative sample of the population. It examines the nature of legal problems, the pathways to their resolution and the demographic groups that struggle with the weight of their legal problems.

The main aim of the LAW Survey was to provide valuable evidence-based data to inform debate and policy directions concerning legal service provision and access to justice across Australia.

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