Communique July 2018
QLAF’s last meeting was held on 18 June 2018, hosted by the Queensland Department of Justice.
Rosslyn Monro, representing Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ)
Rosslyn reported that the regional assistance planning project in relation to the Ipswich and Moreton regions had been completed and that CLCQ would be seeking expressions of interest soon for the next two plan regions. Copies of the QLAF Ipswich and Moreton Regional Legal Assistance Collaborative Plans, prepared by CLCQ, are attached to this communiqué.
Amanda Shipway, representing DJAG
Amanda reported on intended arrangements for project funding in the 2018-2019 financial year. Projects with sector-wide benefits are being sought. Project suggestions will be shortlisted by DJAG and considered by QLAF in due course.
Matthew Dunn, representing the QLS
Matthew spoke to the QLS Access to Justice Scorecard, which reported the results of a 2017 survey of solicitors' perceptions of the level of access to justice in Queensland. The primary concerns among respondents were the funding of legal assistance services and the affordability of representation.
Carolyne Howard, representing the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department
Carlyne and her colleagues provided an update on the court reforms announced on 30 May 2018, the legal assistance sector reviews currently underway within government including the reviews of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-2020 and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program and an update on the work progressing around Elder Abuse, as announced through federal budget 2018-19.
QLAF also received regular reports from its sub-groups, including the Regional Legal Assistance Forums. Members noted, in particular, the Community Legal Educators Masterclass held in March 2018 and coordinated by CLCQ and which was well attended and received as well as the Legal Aid Queensland webinars which step attendees through the entire Child Protection process from initial Department involvement through to potential appeals and which are available on the LAQ Youtube Channel.