Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt today announced new funding for the Pilbara Legal Service.
The Rudd Labor Government will provide an extra $360,000 to the Pilbara Legal Service for the next four years.
“Access to legal advice and support is essential to strengthening our local communities and our democracy,” said Mr Dreyfus.
“I am proud of Labor’s commitment to a fair go under the law and am confident this funding for the Pilbara Legal Service will make a real difference to people in the area.
“Legal services have not yet fully recovered from cuts under the Howard Liberal Government but, in a tough budgetary period, this is a significant boost.”
“This additional funding means the Pilbara Legal Service can help meet demand for domestic violence and family law services in the North West of WA,” Senator Pratt said.
“The Pilbara Legal Service will be able to employ more frontline lawyers and staff to help with family law, mortgage stress, employment law, child protection matters and consumer law.”
Nanette Williams, CEO of the Pilbara Community Legal Service, said “This is wonderful news for Pilbara Community Legal Service and for communities across the region. The funding will enable us to employ a third Solicitor which will see improved access to legal assistance for disadvantaged members of community.“
This funding is part of an extra $33.5 million over four years for community legal centres across Australia.
The new funding for community legal centres is in addition to the $32 million already provided annually under the Australian Government’s Community Legal Services Program.