Document Type

Book Chapter


The article highlights the initiatives taken by Australian government for easy and speedy access to justice to the poor, disadvantaged and excluded citizens. The involvement of two institutions (The Legal Aid Commission and Community Legal Sector) since the Howard-led Coalition has helped in upholding the rule of law and preventing the social fragmentation in Australia. The article looks at the profile, administration, funding, guidelines and priorities of Legal Aid and Community Legal Centre during the Howard Government's period in office. The future prospects of the Australian government is to adopt a model which will access adequacy of the Community Legal Centres and funding will be based on the outcomes delivered to the clients not on inputs. Legal Aid being a national public policy issue equitable and adequate, funding is a necessity for access to justice and it help in reducing the gap between those not able to afford to engage a private legal practitioner and those who qualify for legal aid.