Judith Stubbs and Associaties
June 1, 2012
The study analyzes the costs and benefits of services provided by Community Legal Centers in Australia in 2009/2010.
There are around 200 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities across all states and territories in Australia. CLC’s are not-for-profit organisations that provide legal information advice casework, education and law reform services, particularly targeted at those who are disadvantaged or with special needs. In 2009/2010, CLSs that were funded under the Commonwealth and State Community Legal Service Program provided 168,000 information and referrals, 247,000 advices, and 68,000 cases.
The study finds that, on average, Community Legal Centres have the cost benefit ratio of 1:18; that is, for every dollar spent by government they return a benefit to society that is 18 times the cost. To express this in dollar terms, if the average held constant for CLCs across Australia, the $47.0 million spent on the program nationally in 2009/10 would yield around $846.0 million of benefit to Australia.
Keywords: economic benefits, economic impact, social return on investment (SROI)
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Report
Geographic coverage, World: Australia
Topics: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Benefits of Legal Aid: Other
How Provided: Legal Aid Attorneys
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