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

Reducing Family Court delays

In February, Legal Aid WA launched a 33% surge in family law mediations. This year, Legal Aid WA aims to mediate an extra 250 cases from the Family Court list. The aim is to reduce delays for families awaiting a hearing. The Family Court is referring both property and parenting matters to Legal Aid WA for dispute resolution. So far, we’ve achieved a settlement in 65% of cases.

Fighting for justice for people with a disability

In January, Legal Aid WA boosted National Disability Insurance Scheme services by 200%. We’ve added more lawyers to our team representing people with a disability. We act for clients who are appealing against decisions of the NDIS. Our aim is to make sure that people with a disability get the reasonable and necessary disability support allowed by law. Our team has never lost a case at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

New resource for private lawyers

In February, Legal Aid WA launched Law Hub through an online event attended by 132 private lawyers. Law Hub is an online portal that provides private lawyers, who deliver legal aid, with the full suite of legal resources available to our in-house lawyers. This includes the highly regarded duty lawyer briefcase, family law handbook and legal alerts. Law Hub makes it easier for private lawyers to deliver high quality services to legal aid recipients.

Funding extension

The Commonwealth budget of 29 March extended funding for Legal Aid WA’s Family Violence and Cross Examination of Parties Scheme. Legal Aid WA set up this scheme in September 2019. We were concerned about women settling family law disputes for sub-optimal outcomes out of a fear of being cross-examined by the perpetrator of family violence. This scheme protects victims of family violence from being directly cross examined by the perpetrator. The Commonwealth has extended the scheme for another four years.

 

Financial performance

Legal Aid WA is expected to have a forecast deficit of $2,640,252 at the end of the 2021-22 financial year. This is lower than the budget deficit of $5,571,070 set by Legal Aid WA's Commission and is a decrease of $2,930,818 against the budget target.

Financial performance Year-to-date March 2022 Forecast^ June 2022
Commonwealth funding $31,622,856 $37,756,276
State funding $44,158,000 $56,231,294
Other income $3,543,959 $4,068,636

Total revenue

$79,324,815

$98,056,206

Total expenditure

$71,534,303

$100,696,458

Surplus/Deficit*

$7,790,512

-$2,640,252

 

*The forecast operating deficit of $2.640 million as at 30 June 2022 is due to delays in project expenditure carried over from the prior year. The budget deficit of $2.640 million includes accounting treatment adjustments of $1.673 million.

^ Forecast Actuals to the end of June are our best estimate of where we believe Legal Aid WA's finances are currently expected to be at year end. This forecast was prepared in March based on February YTD financial information.

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.