- $2 million drawn from the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants fund to keep the doors open at community legal centres
- Money from the fund can be used for a variety of justice-related purposes
Attorney General John Quigley will move to shore up the future of community legal centres (CLC) while working with the centres to develop a sustainable funding model for the future.
The State Government has approved a $2 million funding rescue package to ensure CLCs continue to provide important legal services across Western Australia.
$1.35 million of this funding will be used to ensure no CLC receives less funding than previously.
The remainder will be allocated following discussions between the Department of Justice, the Community Legal Centres Association (WA) and Legal Aid on the best way to deliver CLC services in the future.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"Access to justice for all citizens is a critical issue, particularly for those who are less fortunate, live in remote areas or are not eligible for Legal Aid.
"Funding for community legal centres from a range of State and Federal sources has fallen in recent years but demand has continued to rise, leaving many centres facing uncertainty or imminent closure.
"Our community legal centres need certainty in their funding to allow them to effectively plan and run their services, now and into the future.
"The McGowan Government is committed to developing a sustainable funding path for community legal centres.
"As part of this commitment, we will review the operation of community legal centres, in partnership with the centres, to determine if the services can be delivered more effectively.
"This could include partnering with law firms which offer pro bono programs, or co-locating centres located close to each other.
"I find it particularly fitting that money and other assets the State has seized from convicted criminals are used to fund key services which benefit the community, including victims of crime."
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