Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Thank you. The government is committed to access to justice and supports the important work of the legal assistance sector. In a tight fiscal environment, the government is providing $353 million for Indigenous legal assistance services. This is not a matter for the Commonwealth alone. Investment from the states and territories is also crucial. The Commonwealth's contribution is more than 95 per cent of the funding for Indigenous legal assistance providers.
Additional funding has also been provided to the federal courts. A funding injection of $22.5 million was announced in the 2015-16 budget, together with many new administrative arrangements to support the financial sustainability of the courts and avoid cuts to front-line services.