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 Indigenous Legal Assistance Program

The Australian Government is committed to achieving real and positive change in the lives of Indigenous Australians and to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community, including by providing access to justice.

The Indigenous Legal Assistance Program funds organisations to deliver culturally appropriate legal assistance services to ensure that Indigenous Australians receive the help needed to overcome legal problems and fully exercise their legal rights.

Seven Indigenous organisations are funded under the program to deliver legal assistance services at a number of permanent sites, court circuits and outreach locations in urban, rural and remotes areas:

Funding for all activities is allocated by providers in accordance with program guidelines. These guidelines apply from 1 July 2015:

The Australian Government also funds the National Indigenous Law Awards from the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program. Please email any queries to LABCoord@ag.gov.au.​​​

In 2018, the review of the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the program as a mechanism for achieving its objectives and outcomes within available resources, and sought to identify best practice and opportunities for improvement.

The final Report for the Review of the ILAP is available here:

If you require the documents in an accessible format, please contact LegalAssistance@ag.gov.au for an alternate version.