The head of the Aboriginal Legal Service in Western Australia says our legal services aren’t sustainable with the current level of resourcing.
The national peak for first nations legal services this week called on the Federal Government to issue the sector a $250 million emergency package so services can continue as normal and potentially fill gaps.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services made the call ahead of next months budget, saying some jurisdictions will have to roll back services within four weeks if it is rejected.
CEO of the ALS WA, Wayne Nannup told Noonga Radio’s Law Matters program, while services in Western Australia wont immediately be affected, the current situation isn’t sustainable.
He says “we certainly take a national approach to support the rest of the regions in Australia.
As far as the impact goes, resources are incredibly tough at the moment and I know my staff and senior management are juggling all the time, that’s not an ongoing sustainable approach”.