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Investment in legal assistance services 2020–25

In May 2020, the Attorney-General announced the outcomes of the tender process to allocate Queensland and Australian Government legal assistance service delivery funding over 2020–25.

The Queensland Government allocated $112.152 million of this funding to 24 community organisations who were successful in the process. This funding is for providing free or low-cost legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders. The funding includes:

  • $66.319 million in Queensland funding
  • $45.832 million in Australian Government funding

A breakdown of the 2020–25 service delivery funding provided to individual community organisations is set out below.

2020–25 funding

Community Organisation Queensland and Commonwealth 2020–25
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service NQ Inc $3,399,180
Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia Ltd $2,004,634
Basic Rights Queensland Inc $5,291,050
Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc $4,259,841
Caxton Legal Centre Inc1 $11,253,654
Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc $3,967,460
Encircle Ltd (Pine Rivers Community Legal Service Inc) $3,695,072
Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc $6,431,861
Hub Community Legal $5,403,464
LawRight Inc $10,080,791
LGBTI Legal Service Inc $1,303,610
Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc $2,396,817
North Queensland Women's Legal Service Inc $6,953,877
Northside Connect Inc (prev. Nundah Community Support Group Inc) $1,498,813
Prisoners' Legal Service Inc $2,840,200
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated $3,367,800
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service Inc $5,042,077
Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc $2,602,521
TASC National Ltd $9,887,997
Tenants Queensland Inc $1,817,098
Townsville Community Legal Service Inc $2,808,538
Women's Legal Service Inc $10,037,174
Youth Advocacy Centre Inc $2,408,069
YFS Ltd $3,399,919
Total$112,151,517

The total 2020–25 amounts shown above include indicative amounts for indexation on the funding.

The Queensland Government also allocates funding to Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ) to deliver peak services. Over 2020–25, CLCQ will receive $2,478,195.

1This table does not include the direct allocation of $1,165,825 Caxton Legal Centre for statewide coronial services.

2020–21 funding

$1.238 million was also directly allocated to 5 community organisations to deliver services in 2020–21 in regions where there were no successful organisations. The direct allocations will mitigate service delivery gaps until a subsequent procurement process is undertaken.

The organisations listed below were allocated 12 months interim funding to mitigate geographical and area of law service delivery gaps over 2020–21.

Community Organisation Queensland and Commonwealth 2020–21
Bayside Community Legal Service Inc $143,763
Care Goondiwindi Association Inc $147,964
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Inc $499,008
Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service Inc $144,129
Western Queensland Justice Network $302,940
Total$1,237,804

Direct allocations

These organisations were unsuccessful in the tender process to allocate Queensland and Australian Government legal assistance service delivery funding over 2020–25.

The Attorney-General allocated these organisations funding to give them enough time to find an alternative funding source.

Community Organisation Funding term Queensland funding
Carers Queensland Ltd 2020–21 $293,955
Centacare 2020–21 $186,890
Court Network Inc 2020–21 $496,719
Environmental Defenders Office 2020–25 $1,128,196

A further $1,165,825 was allocated directly to Caxton Legal Centre Inc for the continued delivery of state-wide coronial assistance services.

Program coordination

The following table shows funding set aside over 2020–25 for various program coordination items:

Program coordination Queensland 2020–25 Commonwealth 2020–25
Community organisation sundry expenses $928,828 $212,979
State Program Manager (Legal Aid Queensland) - $766,222
Community legal education collaboration fund - $500,000
Data collection system maintenance - $1,326,448
Translating and interpreting services - $4,209,360