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

Taking the law to where it’s needed

In June 2019, Legal Aid WA set up a network of ten Virtual Offices around the State. The Virtual Offices refer to screens with cameras installed in community centres staffed by a local coordinator. They enable people to be face-to-face with a Legal Aid lawyer through the technology. The Virtual Offices are in Mandurah, Joondalup, Midland, Leonora, Esperance, Armadale, Karratha, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Meekatharra.

Joined up service on elder abuse

On 21 June 2019, Legal Aid WA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Advocare who operate the Elder Abuse Helpline. This alliance gives the Elder Abuse Helpline the capacity to offer legal advice on seniors’ rights through warm referrals to Legal Aid WA. It also enables Legal Aid WA to offer our callers information, support, advocacy, and social support services through warm referrals to the Elder Abuse Helpline. Having ‘joined-up’, both organisations can now offer a wrap-around service.

New Health Justice Partnership

In April 2019, Legal Aid WA started a Health Justice Partnership with Next Step Drug and Alcohol Service. This new service involves a Legal Aid lawyer being on site one day a week at this health provider. Social workers and treaters are able to seamlessly refer patients with legal problems to our lawyer. This partnership enables us to provide timely legal help to hard-to-reach clients who would otherwise not access our services.

Blurred Borders wins award

On 28 June 2019, our Blurred Borders legal communication tool won Gold at the Institute of Public Administration Achievement Awards. The Institute described Blurred Borders as representing best practice in collaboration between government and non-government organisations. Since we launched this legal communication tool on 19 July last year, Blurred Borders has made a tangible difference to Aboriginal people who don’t speak English as a first language. It has helped them to understand court orders and to better comply with their conditions.

Financial performance

At the end of June 2019, Legal Aid WA finished the financial year with a minor deficit of $135,876, which was in line with the budget estimates approved by the Attorney General, after adjusting for the receipt of both State and Commonwealth supplementary funding for higher legal services expenses.

Year-to-date June 2019

Commonwealth funding:  $32,599,393

State funding:  $50,131,192

Other income:  $4,533,320

Total revenue:  $87,263,904

Total expenditure:  $87,399,780

Deficit*: ($135,876)

* These are management figures and subject to end of financial year audit.

 


 

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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.