Quarterly service and finance reports

In 2018, the Commission resolved that Legal Aid WA would report at regular intervals on its performance. The Commission's view was that the once-a-year Annual Report was insufficient and that Legal Aid WA should report quarterly.

Western Australians have a right to clearly understand Legal Aid WA’s performance and so these reports will be publicly available on our website. We will produce these reports every quarter to provide updates on our services, outputs, financial position and priority projects. More regular release of information is consistent with broader moves across government to open data. We’re confident that more transparent information will contribute to better operational efficiency and improved engagement with stakeholders. 

It is taxpayers’ money that we use and we are an open and accountable organisation. Creating and distributing quarterly reports in this way will put Legal Aid WA at the forefront of openness and transparency in the Western Australian public sector. 

You can read the most recent quarterly report below and download copies of quarterly reports from the past two years.

infographic from current quarterly report

Priority project updates

100% vaccinated 

Since 31 December, all staff and contractors in Legal Aid WA workplaces have been double vaccinated. Vaccines are the most effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19. We’re playing our part in protecting our vulnerable clients and disadvantaged communities from infection.

Strong financial controls

In November, the Auditor General tabled a report in Parliament recognising Legal Aid WA as a ‘best practice entity’ for timeliness, quality of financial reporting, and controls. This honour acknowledges the performance of Legal Aid WA in maintaining good financial management and controls. It also recognises our quality key performance indicator reporting. It is taxpayers’ money that we use and we’re committed to strong financial controls and audit transparency.

In amongst the awards 

In December, Legal Aid WA was involved in four achievement awards from the Institute of Public Administration Australia. IPAA named Kaia Gooding (who leads our criminal duty lawyers in Perth) as ‘Young leader of the year'. We also won the award for ‘Best Practice in LGBTI Inclusion’ for a suite of new resources. Our Virtual Office network was the silver winner for ‘Best Practice in Innovation.’ The Mirrabooka Family Violence Hub, where we provide legal services, was IPAA’s bronze winner for ‘Best Practice in Collaboration.’

Satisfied clients

In December, we released the results of a random survey of 406 criminal law clients. The survey found an overall satisfaction rating of 90%. The research company conducting the survey reported that ‘overall, this year’s survey results show that Legal Aid WA continues to perform well, with their criminal law clients showing very high levels of satisfaction.’

In the media

On 6 December, Colleen Brown published an opinion piece in Perth’s daily newspaper. The article focussed on removing barriers for women escaping family violence. This piece was part of our efforts to promote the 16 Days in WA campaign against gender-based violence. Colleen heads Legal Aid WA’s family law division. A copy of the article is included in the PDF version of this quarter's report.

Financial performance

Legal Aid is expected to have a forecast deficit of $3,636,763 at the end of the 2021-22 financial year, this is lower than the budget deficit of $5,571,070 set for the  Commission and is a decrease of $1,934,307 against the budget target.

Financial performance Year-to-date Dec 2021 Forecast^ June 2022
Commonwealth funding $30,961,119 $37,756,276
State funding $30,302,000 $55,103,232
Other income $2,273,636 $3,734,425

Total revenue

$63,536,755

$96,593,933

Total expenditure

$47,860,328

$100,230,696

Surplus/Deficit*

$15,676,427

-$3,636,763

 

*The forecast operating deficit of $3,636,763 as at 30 June 2022 is due to delays in project expenditure carried over from the prior year. The revised budget deficit for the Commission of $5,571,070 million included accounting treatment timing adjustments of $1.598 million.

^Forecast Actuals to the end of June are Legal Aid WA's best estimate of where were believe the Commissions finances are currently expected to be at year end.

These are management figures and have not been audited.


Download quarterly reports

2021-22 FY
2020-21 FY
2019-20 FY
2018-19 FY

Disclaimer

The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.