2023-24 Pre-Budget submissions
The Law Council is grateful for the opportunity to provide this submission to the Treasury for consideration in preparing the 2023–24 Federal Budget.
Key recommendations from the Law Council contained in this submission are as follows:
- The Australian Government should provide a significant and ongoing increase in the funding of the legal assistance sector of at least $300–$400 million per annum, including:
- increased federal funding for Legal Aid Commissions (LACs) across criminal, civil, and family law matters, restoring the Commonwealth share of funding to 50 per cent; and
- additional, ongoing, and evidence-based resourcing for Community Legal Centres (CLCs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), and Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services (FVPLS).
- The Australian Government should introduce Justice Impact Tests to facilitate the smoother development of laws and policies that have downstream impacts on the justice system and legal need
Please read more in the full submission down below.