2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission
The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Treasury for consideration in preparing the 2021-22 Federal Budget.
Key recommendations from the Law Council contained in this submission are as follows:
(a) funding for Justice Impact Tests should be provided at the Commonwealth level to facilitate the smoother development of laws and policies which have downstream impacts on the justice system;
(b) the Australian Government should commit significant additional resources to Legal Aid Commissions (LACs), Community Legal Centres (CLCs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) to address critical civil and criminal legal assistance service gaps. This should include, $370 to $390 million per annum comprising:
- (i) at least $120 million per annum for civil legal assistance services; and
- (ii) at least $250 million per annum for other services provided by Legal Aid Commissions, restoring the share of Commonwealth funding of such services to 50 per cent.
You can read the full submission below.