The Attorney-General’s Department administers funding to the following programmes to help people access legal assistance:
- National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services, which delivers funding to legal aid commissions and community legal centres
- Indigenous Legal Assistance Program
- Community Legal Services Program
- Expensive Commonwealth Criminal Cases Fund
- Commonwealth legal financial assistance schemes
- Women's safety package.
In 2018, reviews will be conducted of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-2020 and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program.
Assistance with a legal problem
If you need information about the law or help to resolve a legal problem, there are several places you can get assistance:
- online legal resources
- a legal aid commission
- your local community legal centre
- a pro bono legal service
- a private lawyer.
If you are Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander, you can also contact an Indigenous legal assistance provider.
These services may be able to provide you with information, help with drafting a legal document, legal advice or representation in a court or tribunal.
If you need help with the costs of a Commonwealth law matter or an overseas legal matter and do not qualify for assistance from legal aid, you may be eligible for Commonwealth legal financial assistance.
The Attorney-General and the Attorney-General’s Department cannot give you legal advice or provide you with a lawyer.
Legal Assistance Branch
02 6141 4800
Outside Australia: +61 2 6141 4800