Prime Minister of Tasmania – More support for Tasmania’s legal aid sector
June 14, 2022
Elise Archer, Attorney General
As Attorney General and Minister for Justice, I am pleased to announce the recipients of additional funding from the Commonwealth Legal Aid Sector, which will help more Tasmanians navigate the justice system and ensure that Tasmanians who have needing extra help, especially the most vulnerable, can access free or low-cost legal services.
The selected recipients are:
- Hobart Community Legal Service receiving $520,000 over four years to help people with mental health issues access justice and for front-line support to address sexual harassment in the workplace;
- Tasmanian Legal Aid receive $1,411,000 over four years to help people with mental health issues access justice; and
- Tasmanian Women’s Legal Service receive $388,000 over four years for frontline support to address sexual harassment in the workplace.
This funding has been committed to the vital legal aid sector in Tasmania in addition to funding already provided by our government and under the National Legal Aid Partnership.
This is also in addition to the lucky recipients of the additional state funding that I announced last week in the budget forecast, namely:
- Prisoners Legal Service Tasmania receiving $80,000 for an initiative of preventive lawyers working with inmates to develop strategies to prevent conflict and resolve outstanding legal issues;
- Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service receive $77,000 for the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Pathways program; and
- Indigenous Legal Service of Tasmania receive $202,750 for a community legal education program.
Later this year, I look forward to opening another round of state funding to seek innovative projects that will further help Tasmanians access the justice system.
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