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). Most of the funds made available by the Australian government to support the provision of legal aid stones to disadvantaged Australians are provided through the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP). The NLAP began on July 1, 2020 and expires on June 30, 2025 (NLAP, para. 12). Like its predecessor (National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services (NPALAS), NLAP covers mutual legal aid services and funds community law centres (CKL).  Prior to 2015, the Commonwealth-State and Territory Mutual Legal Assistance Partnership Agreement included only legal assistance. The current agreement is called the National Partnership for Mutual Legal Assistance 2020-2025. As noted above, the NLAP includes, as with NPALAS, funding for CLCs.
This means that since 2015/2016, most of the funds allocated to CLCs have been provided by NPALAS and now by NLAP. Prior to 2015/16, most of the CLC`s funding was provided by the AGD (portfolio budget statements 2015-16: Budget document 1.2: Attorney General`s portfolio, p. 19, 30). The summary paper addressed a number of issues identified as part of the independent reviews of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services (NPA) and the indigenous legal assistance programme (ILAP) for 2018. However, the Law Council wishes to address several issues within the framework of the NLAP proposal and as outlined in the summary document. In essence, you are free to copy and communicate this work in its current form for all non-commercial purposes, provided you assign the work to the author and comply with the other licensing conditions.