Our strategic directions are guided by the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services.

The National Partnership Agreement is an agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, which commenced on 1 July 2010 and expires on 30 June 2015. It forms the basis of Commonwealth funding to all legal aid commissions and aims to drive nationally significant reform across the legal assistance sector.

The National Partnership Agreement focuses on providing assistance to disadvantaged people to resolve legal problems before they escalate and, where appropriate, avoid the need for litigation. It also promotes increased collaboration and co-operation with other service providers, and between legal assistance providers themselves, to ensure better targeting of legal assistance services for clients. A new National Partnership Agreement has been signed and is effective 1 July 2015. We will report against the new National Partnership Agreement in next year’s report.

We have used this icon where we have reported against legal aid services provided under the National Partnership Agreement.

More information

Download the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services (PDF, 540kb).