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A communiqué is published after each meeting with general information about significant matters discussed. More information will be available once the minutes of the meeting are published.

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From Matthew Jones, the chair ...

Communique September 2020

Significant matters discussed at the meeting on 2 September 2020

QLAF’s last meeting was hosted virtually by Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane.

QLAF received a guest presentation from Mr Bill Mitchell of Townsville Community Law on his organisation’s ‘Disaster Readiness for the Legal Assistance Sector’ project which is under development.

Members were updated by the Department of Justice and Attorney General of the QLAF’s role under the new NLAP agreement with focus on collaboration, projects and supporting Regional Legal Assistance Forums.

Members continued their discussion around the implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019 on this standing agenda item for QLAF.

The QLAF received and discussed reports submitted by Regional Legal Assistance Forums which identified a broad range of issues across the State. QLAF members noted the importance of this useful information.

The Commonwealth provided an update on the finalised NLAP they are now preparing to implement.

The Commonwealth is seeking feedback on QLAF organisation services during COVID-19 isolation and the remote processes that worked well in the legal assistance sector.

Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with QLAF members if they wish to discuss any of these matters further.

More information about QLAF and minutes of previous meetings may be found at www.qlaf.org.au.

Matthew Jones


Our members include representatives of the:

  • Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG)
  • Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department
  • Legal Aid Queensland
  • Community Legal Centres Queensland
  • Queensland Council of Social Service
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service
  • Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
  • LawRight Inc
  • Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland.

QLAF also maintains a number of sub-groups, which have members from those and other stakeholder organisations.

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