. 1994 Figures from the Law Council of Australia (LCA), Erosion of legal representation in the Australian justice system, report prepared for the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, National Legal Aid and Aboriginal and Aboriginal and Torresrait St island Legal Services, LCA, February 2004, p. 24, access 21 May 2013; 2010 Figures from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Legal Aid funding, Current challenges and the opportunities of cooperative federalism, Report prepared for the Australian Bar Association, Law Council of Australia, Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian Bar Council, PWC, December 2009, p. 52, accessed May 17, 2013; 2013-14 LCA figures, Law Council says funding for the mutual legal aid sector is too short, press release, May 14, 2013, consulted May 15, 2013. The self-help sector helps people live healthy and productive lives in our community. We act as a safety net, we help people navigate complex systems, we understand their rights and obligations, and we work with the community to prevent legal problems from getting into or worse. Since 1997, the Commonwealth has funded legal aid through the PPS, allowing the Commonwealth to identify priorities for which legal aid should be provided.  . Australian Government, “National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services,” Op. cit., p. 10 and Schedule A. .
These figures do not include funds made available to government and government legal aid commissions. Expenditures were calculated by adding a consistent set of budget items in Programs 1.3 and 1.5 of portfolio budget reports and annual reports of Attorneys General that fall under the category of legal assistance services (i.e. they are not provided by government and state judicial assistance commissions). Given that a number of programs have evolved over time, the development of specific comparisons prior to 2009-10 is problematic and therefore not included. The AFN`s final report contains options for addressing the challenges of providing effective legal assistance services arising from key outcomes of the review.  Richard Coates, “A history of legal aid in Australia,” Papers Presented at the Fourth Annual Colloquium of the Judicial Conference of Australia Inc., Melbourne, November 12-14, 1999.