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Investment in legal assistance services 2017–20

The Queensland Government has allocated $61.2 million of Queensland and Commonwealth funding over 2017–20 to community organisations to provide free or low-cost legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders. This includes:

  • $35.021 million in Queensland funding
  • $26.236 million in Commonwealth funding.

A breakdown of the 2017–20 service delivery investment to be provided to individual community organisations and for program coordination is set out below.

Funding breakdown

Community Organisation Queensland and Commonwealth
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service NQ Inc $1,580,900
Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia Ltd $525,897
Basic Rights Queensland Inc $2,687,605
Bayside Community Legal Service Inc $399,191
Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc $2,137,719
Care Goondiwindi Association Inc $405,789
Carers Queensland Inc $809,753
Caxton Legal Centre Inc $5,585,186
Centacare $514,757
Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc $1,721,533
Court Network Inc $1,368,387
DVConnect Ltd $417,306
Encircle Ltd $1,964,896
Environmental Defenders Office Qld Inc $307,827
Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland Inc $307,827
Gladstone Regional Council $398,953
Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc $2,852,140
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Inc $1,374,652
LawRight $4,354,087
Legal Aid Queensland (Western Queensland Justice Network) $859,281
LGBTI Legal Service Inc $420,468
Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc $1,250,938
Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service Inc $399,191
North Queensland Women's Legal Service Inc $3,413,197
Nundah Community Support Group Inc $718,414
Prisoners' Legal Service Inc $1,544,569
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated $1,476,151
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service Inc $2,304,706
South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre Inc $2,741,602
Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc $1,317,725
TASC National Ltd $4,836,416
Tenants Queensland Inc $966,610
Townsville Community Legal Service Inc $1,509,460
Women's Legal Service Inc*$4,900,082
Youth Advocacy Centre Inc $1,052,608
YFS Ltd $1,831,126
Total$61,256,949

*Funding for the Women’s Legal Service Inc includes approximately $1.1 million over 2017–20, specifically for Helpline services.

Note: The Queensland Government also allocates funding to Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ) to deliver peak services. Over 2017–20, CLCQ will receive $730,244.

Program coordinationQueenslandCommonwealth
Community organisation bulk and sundry expenses $494,145 -
State Program Manager (Legal Aid Queensland) - $346,754
Community legal education collaboration fund - $225,000
Data collection system maintenance - $312,777
Translating and interpreting services - $1,649,196

The total 2017–20 amounts shown above include indicative amounts for indexation on the Queensland funding.

The below funding breakdown includes Commonwealth funding allocated for the delivery of family law and family violence related legal assistance services over 2017–20. The community organisations that were successful through the related procurement process are below.

Community Organisation Queensland and Commonwealth
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service NQ Inc $690,275
Caxton Legal Centre Inc $512,767
Encircle Ltd $420,230
Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc $297,864
LawRight Inc $494,136
Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc $234,890
North Queensland Women's Legal Service Inc $738,068
Nundah Community Support Group Inc $312,625
South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre Inc $304,137
Women's Legal Service Inc $790,788
Total$4,795,780