Prime Minister of Tasmania – Record support for the legal aid sector in Tasmania


September 8, 2021

Elise Archer, Attorney General
Justice Ministry

The Tasmanian government is building a more efficient and effective justice system for all Tasmanians.

That’s why we are delivering record funding to support Tasmania’s vital legal aid sector with an additional $ 2.2 million committed for the sector over four years in the 2021-2022 Tasmanian budget. This is in addition to the funding already committed by our government and under the National Legal Assistance Partnership.

This new funding will allow the industry to continue providing free or low-cost legal services to Tasmanians in need, helping more people navigate the justice system statewide.

This funding allocation includes:

  • Legal Aid in Tasmania – $ 523,270;
  • Law Society of Tasmania, in partnership with the Hobart Community Legal Service and the Center for Legal Studies – $ 498,015, for the duty counsel service of the Magistrates Court;
  • Launceston Community Legal Center – $ 239,610 per year for two years, to ensure funding certainty for four years;
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – $ 220,000, to support victim-survivors and witnesses in district court;
  • Refugee Legal Service – $ 148,015;
  • Tasmanian Tenant Union – $ 75,600;
  • Women’s Legal Service Tasmania, Hobart Community Legal Service and North West Community Legal Center – $ 50,000 each;
  • Tasmanian Community Legal Centers, as the main representative group of Community Legal Centers – $ 50,000, contributing to their important political work;
  • Prisoners’ Legal Service – $ 26,000; and
  • Sentencing Advisory Council – $ 10,020 for administration costs.

It is important to note that this additional support to the Women’s Legal Service will provide them with all of the additional funding they have recently requested to provide their life-saving services to Tasmanian women in addition to their other funding.

The Department of Justice will also be soliciting expressions of interest from the legal aid industry regarding the excess funding as part of our $ 2.2 million commitment. We will write to the sector shortly regarding the expression of interest process.

We will continue to do all we can to help Tasmanians access legal aid as we implement our plan to secure Tasmania’s future.

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