The Justice Project

The Justice Project


The Law Council is undertaking a comprehensive, national review into the state of access to justice in Australia.

The Project is being overseen by an expert Steering Committee of eminent lawyers, jurists and academics, chaired by former High Court Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French AC.

The Justice Project is focusing on justice barriers facing those with significant social and economic disadvantage, as well as identifying what is working to reduce those barriers.

The Justice Project is looking at the justice system from the people’s point of view and will culminate in a final report, following a literature review, extensive consultation process and progress report release.

The Justice Project aims to build the case for better justice strategies and law reform secured by appropriate funding.

The Justice Project released an overarching consultation paper and 13 issues papers relating to individual groups identified in the terms of reference. These groups have been identified as acutely disadvantaged, either socially or economically, by access to justice problems.

The Law Council took the Project on the road in 2017, visiting numerous rural, regional and metro locations Australia-wide to gather evidence. 

More than 130 submissions and stories from organisations and individuals that identify or work with the 13 identified priority groups have been recieved, which will inform the final Justice Project Report to be released in 2018. 

We want to take the reporting of this crisis out of realm of numbers and into the realm of lived experience. The Justice Project would like to thank all of those who have been involved in the project and look forward to sharing the findings of the final report with you.