Tasmania Legal Aid is an independent statutory body set up by the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990 (Tas). We commenced operation on 1 January 1991. Tasmania Legal Aid operates at arms-length from Government but is accountable to the Minister for Justice. We are the largest government-funded legal assistance service in Tasmania and we play a central role in providing access to justice for disadvantaged Tasmanians. The Commission is governed by a Board of five and has a staff of 84 full-time employees.
Tasmania Legal Aid is funded by both Federal and State Governments. For further information on our funding see National Legal Aid - Finance. Our Commonwealth and State law programs determine the amount of money we receive. Our funding is used for representation, advice, duty solicitor and assignment functions, community education, and the general costs of running our organisation.
All Tasmanians are safe, respected and have their voices heard.