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Legal aid agreement signed with Western Australia

The Western Australian Attorney-General the Hon Peter Foss and Federal Attorney- - General and Minister for Justice, the Hon Daryl Williams today signed an agreement for the ongoing provision of legal aid in WA.

Mr Williams welcomed the agreement saying that the new arrangements will enable Western Australians to receive continued access to legal assistance.

The agreement will be for a period of 6 months and thereafter it is expected that a purchaser/provider arrangement will operate between WA and the Commonwealth similar to the model agreed upon with Queensland for the delivery of legal aid in that State.

The Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia will deliver legal aid services on behalf of the Commonwealth in relation to matters arising under Commonwealth law.

It will also provide legal assistance for State law matters with funding from the State Government.

Clients already receiving legal assistance from the Legal Aid Commission will not be affected by the transition to the new arrangements.

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