Australian legal aid at risk of turning people away unless $484m extra funding provided

Exclusive: report commissioned by National Legal Aid says funds needed to prevent threat of ‘supply failure’, while means testing leaves ‘large cohort’ in need

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Almost half a billion dollars in extra funding is needed each year to meet demand for legal assistance in Australia, a new report commissioned by National Legal Aid has found.

The Justice on the Brink report found $484m in funding was needed to prevent the threat of “supply failure”, expand the availability of family and civil law services, provide greater access under the means test and increase fees for private lawyers.

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