The Centre opened its doors at UNSW in August 2002. Its establishment was recommended by the National Pro Bono Task Force to the Commonwealth Attorney-General in its report dated 14 June 2001. The Centre is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with a Board and Advisory Council.
The Centre is an independent, non profit organisation that aims to:
- encourage pro bono legal services,
- support lawyers and law firms to make it easier for them to provide high quality pro bono legal services, and
- work with the profession and the community sector to match services with the clients and groups most in need of assistance.
The Centre receives financial assistance from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, each of the States and Territories, through their Attorney-General's Departments, and the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.
The Centre promotes and supports pro bono through its independent role as advocate, broker, coordinator, researcher and resource provider. Individual case referrals are directed to pro bono clearing houses and schemes which exist in many States of Australia.
Details of the Centre's publications and current activities are available on this site.
The Centre consults widely with the legal profession, community sector, and other relevant people. After extensive consultation, the Centre's Strategic Plan for 2005–2009 was finalised in September 2005. A new Strategic Plan for 2009 - 2013 was finalised in October 2009.
The Centre welcomes feedback on its plans and activities. Please email email@example.com.
To contact us please see details at Contact Us.
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