24 April 2017
Local MP Steven Ciobo today welcomed the further injection of funding by the Coalition Government to the legal assistance sector, which will directly benefit Gold Coast families seeking help with domestic violence issues.
As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Turnbull Government will provide a further $55.7 million over the next three years to community legal centres ($39 million) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services ($16.7 million).
Mr Ciobo said the additional funding to Community Legal Centres would be directed to frontline family law and family violence services, like those provided by the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre in Southport.
“This is the latest in a series of commitments made by this Government to support the work of the legal assistance sector and women and children affected by family violence,” he said.
Although the funding allocation is yet to be finalised with the states and territories, Mr Ciobo said there’s no excuse for this funding not to flow through to Gold Coast centres from the Queensland Government.
“Domestic and family violence is unfortunately a serious issue for our Gold Coast community,” Mr Ciobo said.
“The State Government needs to ensure the funding being provided by the Federal Coalition is directed to families in need here on the Coast.
“As the national conversation on domestic and family violence continues, more people are coming forward to seek a range of assistance measures and the Turnbull Government has listened and responded.”
Today’s funding announcement builds on the Turnbull Government’s existing additional investment of $45 million for frontline legal assistance and family law services as part of the $100 million Women’s Safety Package and $100 Million Third Action Plan.
“$1.73 billion is now going to Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services over five years to 2020, which is more than ever before,” Mr Ciobo said.