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Evaluation of the legal assistance sector in Tasmania

In 2019, the Department of Justice completed a review of the legal assistance sector in Tasmania. This was done to evaluate the current effectiveness of the legal assistance sector in addressing the legal needs of vulnerable Tasmanians. The results of that evaluation are contained in this report.

Planning for the future of the legal assistance sector

To support the implementation of the Strategy, the Government has published the Tasmanian Legal Assistance Action Plan 2022-23 (PDF, 886.2 KB). The Action Plan outlines the activities, projects and initiatives that the Tasmanian Government will undertake in the period from 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2023 to meet the objectives and outcomes of the NLAP and support the Strategy’s four priority areas.

The Government has released the Tasmanian Legal Assistance Strategy 2022-2025 to provide a strategic framework for legal assistance policy development, service funding and sector planning. The Strategy has been prepared in consultation with the Tasmanian legal assistance sector and focuses on four priority areas to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of legal assistance funding:

  • Collect data on legal need
  • Build capability in the legal assistance sector
  • Enhance collaboration
  • Support priority populations

Solicitors Guarantee Fund

The Solicitor’s Guarantee Fund (SGF) is a fund established under the Legal Profession Act 2007 that is derived mainly from interest generated by client funds temporarily held in law firms’ trust funds. The SGF does not hold government funds. Where the SGF exceeds a prescribed minimum amount, the Minister for Justice may approve grants of money for various programs or projects. SGF grants are distributed by the Minister on behalf of the Solicitor’s Trust.

SGF Grants Policy