The work of the National Legal Profession Unit focuses on facilitating the introduction of nationally consistent State and Territory laws that govern the way in which lawyers work. However, the scope of the National Legal Profession unit's work goes beyond merely promoting consistency in regulation of legal practice across domestic jurisdictions, it is also actively involved in a range of matters that impinge on national and international legal practice.
On 3 February 2009 the Prime Minister announced that legal profession legislation reform would form part of the Federal Government's ongoing micro economic reform agenda, directed through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
The overall goal is to move towards a more functional and efficient Australian legal services market. The approach is to establish an integrated regulatory framework in each State and Territory that is underpinned by uniform legislation. This approach is expected to facilitate the seamless delivery of legal services throughout Australia. At the same time, the project aims to improve the overall level of protection for consumers of legal services.