The Legal Services chapter of the judicial project outlines what is both effective and necessary to meet the legal needs of different groups of Australians. The mission of legal aid commissions is to enable marginalized and economically disadvantaged Australians to access justice.  (Add mention). . 1994 Figures from the Law Council of Australia (LCA), Erosion of legal representation in the Australian justice system, report prepared for the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, National Legal Aid and Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Torresrait St island Legal Services, LCA, February 2004, p. 24, access 21 May 2013; 2010 Figures from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Legal Aid funding, Current challenges and the opportunities of cooperative federalism, Report prepared for the Australian Bar Association, Law Council of Australia, Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian Bar Council, PWC, December 2009, p. 52, accessed May 17, 2013; 2013-14 LCA figures, Law Council says funding for the mutual legal aid sector is too short, press release, May 14, 2013, consulted May 15, 2013. . The figures presented are actual unadjusted expenditures. For consistency, figures from 1994-95 to 2007-08 were extracted from the corresponding portfolio budget statements, z.B. figures for 1994-95, extracts from: Australian Government, Portfolio Budget Statements 1995-1996: budgetrelated paper No. 4.1: Attorney-General`s Portfolio, p.
75. The figures for the period 2008-2009-2011-2012 come from the respective final documents of the final budget, . B figures 2008-2009: Australian Government, Final Budget Outcome 2008-2009, 81. Figures for 2012-13 and 2013-14 come from the respective budget action document, p. B. Figures for 2013-14 are derived from: Australian Government, Budget Measures: Budget 3: 2013-14, p. 106, consulted on May 15, 2013. Other sources provide figures that can vary widely. For example, PWC stated that in 1996/97, the Commonwealth`s contribution to legal aid funding amounted to $126.6 million, while the Law Council of Australia stated that funding over the same period was $159.2 million: PWC, legal aid, current challenges and opportunities for cooperative federalism, op. 26, LCA, erosion of right-wing representation in the Australian justice system, op.
. These figures do not include funding for government and public legal aid commissions. Expenditures were calculated by adding a consistent set of budget items in Programs 1.3 and 1.5 of portfolio budget reports and annual reports of Attorneys General that fall under the category of legal assistance services (i.e. they are not provided by government and state judicial assistance commissions). Given that a number of programs have evolved over time, the development of specific comparisons prior to 2009-10 is problematic and therefore not included. A national partnership agreement provides the Commonwealth Government with funds for states and territories, which are distributed to mutual legal aid commissions, community law centres and Aboriginal legal services and Torres Strait Islander. Commonwealth funding for legal aid can only be used for preventive and early intervention services or for Commonwealth law matters (e.g. B, family law, children`s aid, social security and Commonwealth criminal affairs). Spending on legal aid services (as defined in the national partnership) has increased steadily over the past five years, from $140.8 million in 2009 to $167.4 million in the 2013-14 budget  The Commonwealth has separate legal aid services agreements (i.e.
non-governmental legal aid commissions).