The Queensland Legal Assistance Forum (QLAF) is here to help member organisations address Queensland legal assistance issues.

We do this by facilitating cooperative working relationships with other legal service providers in rural and regional Queensland.

What is QLAF?

The Australian Legal Assistance Forum (ALAF) was established to enable member organisations to consider and address Australian legal assistance issues in a cooperative way and to make recommendations on those issues in a coordinated fashion.

In November 2004, Legal Aid Queensland hosted a National Legal Aid Congress in Brisbane. One of the recommendations coming out of the Congress was that legal assistance forums should be established in all States throughout Australia and that those forums would fill a greater coordination role in strategic planning for legal aid service delivery in each State.

As a result of those recommendations, QLAF was established and held its first meeting in Brisbane on 7 February 2006.

Latest news and events

Dis-Abled Justice II: Reforms to justice for persons with disability

On Thursday 28 May 2015, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) will host a forum at which a dynamic group of speakers will discuss ways in which the criminal justice system could become more accessible to people with disabilities. More information is available on the QAI website.

Indigenous Legal Needs Project

The Indigenous Legal Needs Project is a national research study of the civil and family law needs of Indigenous Australians. The Indigenous Legal Needs Project has released a written report of its Queensland findings, along with a short film animating its findings in each State/Territory. The film is intended to report back on the research to the broader community in a more accessible format than the written reports. It can also be used as an educational tool to assist in identifying what civil and family law problems might look like.

Flood and cyclone legal help — A report on Legal Aid Queensland’s role 2010–13

Legal Aid Queensland was instrumental in developing and delivering coordinated disaster legal response services for Queenslanders affected by the 2010–11 cyclone and floods. The response efforts have been documented and consolidated in a report Flood and cyclone legal help A report on Legal Aid Queensland’s role 2010–13

The report gives valuable insight into the process behind the response efforts and the challenges faced in establishing and coordinating an effective multi-organisational response. It will serve as a blueprint for the organisation in dealing with any natural disasters should they arise in the future.

A Disaster Legal Response Plan has also been prepared which provides legal assistance bodies in Queensland with a contingency plan to follow in the event of a disaster, including immediate response measures through to long term evaluation and capacity building.

The flood and cyclone legal help report and the disaster legal response plan are available online in the publications section of the Legal Aid Queensland website

Continuing Professional Development calendar

View upcoming Professional Development events for Legal Professionals.

Community legal education

Stay up-to-date with Legal Aid Queensland’s community legal education projects, upcoming events, publications, resources and initiatives. Click here to subscribe to CLE e-news.

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QLAF Members

Legal Aid Queensland
Queensland Law Society
Bar Association of Queensland
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House
Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services Inc
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
Queensland Council of Social Services