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23 May 2019

Elise Archer MP


2019-20 Budget: Legal assistance for our most vulnerable

The Hodgman Liberal Government continues to be a strong supporter of Community Legal Centres and in the State Budget 2019-20 we are continuing our record level of funding to the legal assistance sector.

The Budget provides a total of $8.9 million for legal aid in 2019-20, including $1.2 million to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and the Legal Aid Commission in funding to address a shortfall in National Partnership Agreement funding.

Since 2017 we have now provided more than $3.7 million to legal assistance services to ensure that there has been no reduction in core funding either for Legal Aid or any of the Tasmanian CLCs subject to the National Partnership Agreement.

Our Government recognises the important role of the community and legal aid sector, and this funding will allow these organisations to continue their valuable work ensuring Tasmanians have access to legal advice and assistance.