House of Representatives Committees

Terms of Reference

As part of its statutory responsibility to examine reports from the Auditor-General, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit is expanding its review of Audit Report No. 13, 2003-2004, ATSIS Law and Justice Program—including its four components of Legal Aid; Law and Justice Advocacy; Family Violence Prevention; and Prevention, Diversion and Rehabilitation—to inquire and report on issues including:

  1. the distribution of the resources of Indigenous legal aid services between criminal, family and civil cases;
  2. the coordination of Indigenous legal aid services with Legal Aid Commissions through measures such as memoranda of understanding;
  3. the access for Indigenous women to Indigenous-specific legal services; and
  4. the ability of Law and Justice program components to recruit and retain expert staff.
The Committee will take into account the 2004 tender for Indigenous legal aid services.

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