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National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services

The National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-20 (NPA) provides Australian Government funding to states and territories to distribute to legal aid commissions and community legal centres.

The NPA supports a national legal assistance sector that is more integrated, efficient and effective. It seeks to improve access to justice for disadvantaged people and maximise the delivery of legal assistance services within available resources.

The NPA replaces the 2010 National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services, which delivered funding to legal aid commissions only.

It also replaces tripartite and direct funding agreements with the majority of community legal centres.

The NPA was varied on 28 June 2017, to provide defined funding to community legal centres for family law and family violence related services as part of the 2017-18 Budget. The varied agreement also includes minor administrative amendments.

The agreement will expire on 30 June 2020. A copy of the agreement, as varied on 28 June 2017, is available here:

In 2018, the review of the NPA will assess the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the NPA as a mechanism for achieving its objectives and outcomes within available resources, and identify best practice and opportunities for improvement.