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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Justice grants to boost legal services for vulnerable Queenslanders

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Justice grants to boost legal services for vulnerable Queenslanders

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick today announced almost $1.5 million in Bligh Government justice grants to support some of Queensland’s most vulnerable people.

    Mr Dick said 19 local community justice initiatives will benefit from the funding, to help support Indigenous people, the financially-disadvantaged, people with disabilities, refugees and other vulnerable groups throughout Queensland.

    “These grants provide financial support to projects which level the legal playing field for some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people in our society,” Mr Dick said.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to providing a fair justice system which is accessible to all Queenslanders.

    “This is reflected through the allocation of these grants, ranging from $15,000 to $149,200, to support a wide range of community-based initiatives which enhance legal services and education.

    “The community legal centres receiving these grants are advocates for a fair, humane and non-discriminatory justice system. Their work helps to empower people to understand their rights and seek legal help when they need it,” he said.

    The grants are distributed from the Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund (LPITAF) administered by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

    Mr Dick said grant recipients play a key role in the administration of justice in Queensland.

    “The variety of projects funded through these grants continue to address the wide range of needs of Queenslanders across the state,” Mr Dick said.

    "For example, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) has received two grants totalling $275,100 for initiatives facilitating greater access to the legal system for people living with disabilities.

    "$125,900 will go towards QAI's Justice Support police and court support program which assists people with a disability by providing guidance during police interviews and the court process.

    "A second grant of $149,200 will provide assistance to those referred to the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

    "QAI provide an invaluable service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, and these grants will allow them to continue doing so."

    “The Caxton Legal Centre has also received $102,600 for their Consumer Law Service.

    "This service provides disadvantaged members of the community with easy access to free legal advice to help them sort out consumer and credit matters.

    "In difficult economic times these services become even more important, which is why we have supported them for the second year running.

    “A further grant of $73,300 has also been allocated to the Welfare Rights Centre who provide a face-to-face counselling and advocacy service for people with complex issues affecting their capacity to deal with the social security system, such as mental health issues, homelessness and domestic violence.”

    Mr Dick said the Bligh Government is committed to delivering frontline services in regional communities throughout the state, as well as the South East corner.

    "That is why more than $620,000 in grants has been provided to regional, remote and rural organisations,” Mr Dick said.

    Some of the major regional grants include:

    • Three grants totalling $152,600 for Queensland Public Interest Legal Clearing House (QPILCH) community legal services, including $49,800 to support the free legal service - known as pro-bono work - in rural, regional and remote communities;

    • $96,200 for Centacare to provide education training and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in Rockhampton;

    • $69,400 for the North Queensland Women's Legal Service to continue its work providing free legal advice and representation to women in regional and remote communities; and

    • $126,800 for the Cairns Community Legal Centre to help set up and develop their pilot Consumer Law Service in far north Queensland.

    “Indigenous Communities will also benefit with more than $200,000 going to local community projects to raise awareness and access to the justice system for Indigenous people,” Mr Dick said.

    “By supporting these organisations we can ensure help is available for all Queenslanders in need of legal advice services in Queensland.”

    Media contact: 3239 3487





    Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc

    Seed Funding for Consumer Law Service


    Caxton Legal Centre Inc

    Consumer Law Service


    Centacare: Catholic Diocese Rockhampton

    Community Legal Outreach


    Community Development Services Inc

    Stanthorpe Community Legal Service


    Court Network Incorporated

    Access to Justice – Qld High Courts and Tribunals


    Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre Inc

    Ingham Court Support Worker


    Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd

    Indigenous Consumer Outreach Project


    North Queensland Women’s Legal Service Inc

    Unmet legal need among disadvantaged north Queensland women


    Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

    Specialist Legal Service for people with a disability


    Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

    Police Support and Court Support



    Pro Bono Referral Services



    Rural Regional Remote Project



    Self-Representation Civil Law Service - QCAT


    Queensland University of Technology

    Review of Aboriginal English in the Courts


    South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre Inc

    Logan Outreach, Child Protection Legal & Advocacy Service


    Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc

    Development of Regional Outreach Program


    Townsville Community Justice Group

    Many Elders Much Knowledge


    University of Queensland

    Enduring Documents – Improving the Forms, Improving the Outcomes


    Welfare Rights Centre

    Counsellor Advocate Position


    19 grants for 16 organisations totalling