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Legal assistance review

In 2018, separate and concurrent reviews will be undertaken of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-2020 (NPA) and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).

The reviews will assess the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the NPA and the ILAP as mechanisms for achieving their respective objectives and outcomes within available resources, and identify best practice and opportunities for improvement.

Please visit other resources and reviews for information on previous reviews and resources relevant to legal assistance services and programs.

Please contact LegalAssistanceReview@ag.gov.au for further information.

Review of the NPA

As the Commonwealth and the states and territories are joint parties to the NPA, the review will be jointly led. The review of the NPA is being undertaken by Urbis Pty Ltd and is expected to be completed in December 2018.

The review of the NPA will be supported by a Steering Committee and Advisory Group.

The Steering Committee consists of representatives from the department and counterparts in the states and territories and provides strategic guidance and support and makes key decisions for the review of the NPA.

The Advisory Group consists of representatives from legal assistance peak bodies, representatives from each jurisdiction's legal assistance sector, research organisations or industry bodies and/or eminent persons with expertise in the sector. This group will provide a forum for consultation and provide the Steering Committee and Independent Reviewer with expert guidance and input on key issues. A copy of the Review of the NPA Advisory Group membership list is available here:

The Attorney-General for Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, and all state and territory Attorneys‑General have agreed to the terms of reference for the review of the NPA. A copy of the terms reference is available here:

Review of the ILAP

As the Commonwealth administers the ILAP, the review will be led by the Commonwealth. The review of the ILAP is being undertaken by Cox Inall Ridgeway and is expected to be completed in December 2018.

The department will provide strategic guidance and support and make key decisions for the review of the ILAP.

The review of the ILAP will be supported by an Advisory Group comprising of representatives from each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, national legal assistance sector peak bodies and research organisations or industry bodies and/or eminent persons with expertise in the sector. A copy of the Review of the ILAP Advisory Group membership list is available here:

The review of the NPA and the review of the ILAP will be, as far as possible, aligned.

The Attorney-General for Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, has approved the terms of reference for the Review of the ILAP. A copy of the terms reference is available here: