The current state of legal aid funding leaves many Australians without access to justice.
Legal assistance represents a tiny fraction of public spending.
Legal assistance helps ordinary people facing extraordinary problems in relation to debt, family or criminal law matters, welfare benefits, landlord and tenant problems, discrimination at work or community care needs. Most people don't think they will ever need legal assistance but if your circumstances change you may need to rely on it.
The "Legal Aid Matters" campaign aims to improve access to justice for some of our society's most vulnerable members. The Legal Aid Matters campaign objective is simple:
To persuade the government to guarantee an adequately funded legal aid system ensuring a cooperative, nationally consistent and fair approach to provision of legal aid and access to justice for all.
If you have been personally impacted by lack of legal assistance funding or if you believe in the principles of quality representation and access to justice for all in our society, please support the Legal Aid Matters Campaign.
If you require legal assistance please contact the Legal Aid Commission in your state or territory.