The Australian Government has today released two reports on legal assistance: the review of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-20 (NPA) and the review of the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).
Both reviews were conducted to independently assess the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the current NPA and ILAP in achieving their objectives and outcomes.
Overall, both reviews were positive, finding that considerable progress has been made since the earlier reforms introduced in 2015, especially in relation to sector-wide collaborative service planning.
The reviews also found that there is scope for further improvements that would build upon the current arrangements. The recommendations of the reviews are focused on strengthening the legal assistance sector, collaborative service planning, funding arrangements, sector performance and keeping and assessing performance data and the role of governments.
The Government will now consider the key findings and recommendations of both reports.
The reports will help inform legal assistance arrangements beyond 1 July 2020.
I'd like to thank the reviewers, the states and territories and the legal assistance sector for their constructive involvement in the reviews.
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