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National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25

The National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 (NLAP) is a national partnership agreement between the Australian Government and all states and territories for Commonwealth funded legal assistance.

It includes funding for services delivered by:

About the NLAP

The NLAP contributes to integrated, efficient, effective and appropriate legal assistance services that are focussed on improving outcomes and keeping the justice system within reach for vulnerable people facing disadvantage, within available resources.

The NLAP was developed in accordance with the principles of the National Strategic Framework for Legal Assistance, which is the overarching policy framework for all Commonwealth and state and territory legal assistance funding. The framework encourages government and the legal assistance sector to take a unified and coordinated approach to keep the justice system within reach in Australia and help focus finite resources towards areas of greatest legal need.

The NLAP follows the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-20 (NPA), which expired on 30 June 2020.

The NLAP has been informed by the findings of the 2018 reviews of the NPA and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP). The reviews assessed the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the NPA and the ILAP as mechanisms for achieving their respective objectives and outcomes within available resources.

Download a copy of the NLAP

Read a copy of the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020‑25.

See this related media release.