Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

27 December 2017

Sarah Courtney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Helping Tasmania's valuable volunteers

Volunteers play a crucial role in Tasmania each day, giving up their time to help others in the community.

Accordingly, I am very pleased to announce the Hodgman Liberal Government will provide the Legal Literacy Volunteer Program with a $154,000 grant that will secure the Program’s future for 2018.

Legal Literacy Volunteers work within their local communities across Northern Tasmania and fulfil an important role by advising hundreds of people every year on where to seek professional help on a variety of legal matters.

These include for court appearances, how to fill in legally binding forms for Centrelink, or simply to provide a plain English explanation of what can be confusing bureaucratic processes.

The Hodgman Government is proud of the thousands of volunteers who go above and beyond each day, and this funding means the Legal Literacy Volunteer Program can continue to help the community into the future.

This grant is possible due to a surplus of funds from the Solicitors Guarantee Fund from 2016-17.

While the Fund exists to compensate clients who suffer losses due to the misbehaviour of their lawyer, if the Fund is in surplus the Attorney-General may award grants to organisations that provide legal services, undertake legal research, and/or raise community awareness of the law in Tasmania.

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