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Law reform

We draw on our extensive experience in assisting disadvantaged clients to contribute to law and policy reform. We work closely with our partners to write submissions and policy papers on issues that affect our clients.

Legal Aid NSW Strategic Law Reform Agenda 2018-2020

Legal Aid NSW has a Strategic Law Reform Agenda 2018-2020, which sets out legislative, policy and operational reforms that we will prioritise and proactively pursue over two years. Under this agenda, Legal Aid NSW will undertake strategic projects seeking legislative, policy and/or operational reforms in the following areas:

  • The  implementation of the NDIS
  • The application  of domestic violence law and policy to child defendants
  • The impact of  school disciplinary and exclusionary measures on disadvantaged children
  • Services and supports for prisoners
  • Bail
  • The over-policing of young people and Aboriginal people
  • Health services to prisoners
  • Eligibility guidelines for the NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme
  • Local councils and hardship relief
  • Increased youth diversion under the Young Offenders Act 1997

2018 submissions

General

Civil

Criminal

Family

  • Inquiry into Local Adoption – Legal Aid NSW submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, May 2018