that are focused on increasing access to justice for socially disadvantaged and/or marginalised persons,
and furthering the public interest.
The Centre’s strategies to achieve this are:
1. Strengthening and promoting the place of pro bono legal work (pro bono) within the Australian legal profession
a. Sustaining Commitment: Promoting the pro bono ethos and sustaining the Australian legal profession’s commitment to undertake pro bono.
b. Promoting Growth and Impact: Leading advocacy for continuing growth in the provision of pro bono and enhancing its impact, especially in areas of unmet legal need, and by a broader range of Australian lawyers.
c. Policy Development and Law Reform: Engaging in policy development, advocacy and law reform with key stakeholders on issues impacting on pro bono services, including the removal of any constraints or barriers to lawyers undertaking pro bono.
d. Thought Leadership: Leading in the development of new ideas and innovative project and partnership models to build pro bono engagement among all Australian lawyers.
e. Community Building: Strengthening relationships between members of the pro bono legal community to promote exchange of knowledge and to stimulate and encourage the development, expansion and coordination of pro bono.
f. Enhanced Public Visibility: Raising the profile of pro bono through a wide range of media and maintaining a strong public presence as a centre of expertise within the legal assistance sector in Australia.
g. Events and Forums: Convening and supporting events and forums to enhance communication about pro bono practice among key stakeholders and to celebrate the Australian legal profession’s commitment to pro bono legal service.
h. International Relationships: Developing and building networks with international pro bono programs and providers to strengthen research and guide development of pro bono policies and practice in Australia.
2. Developing expertise and providing practical assistance to facilitate pro bono legal service (pro bono)
a. Expertise: Developing and sharing expertise to advance national best practice in the delivery of pro bono.
b. Practical Support: Providing practical assistance, including practical guides and resource kits, to existing and potential pro bono providers and seekers.
c. Communication: Communicating news and insights about issues affecting pro bono practice in Australia.
d. Research: Conducting research to build knowledge of, and expertise about, pro bono.
e. Reporting: Collecting data and reporting on the pro bono work being undertaken nationally.
f. Professional Indemnity Insurance: Providing professional indemnity insurance, underwritten by Lawcover, to support eligible lawyers to undertake pro bono work on projects approved by the Centre.
Strategic Plan 2017-2020
For further information on the Centre’s strategies to achieve its aims, please refer to the Centre’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020.
Every four years the Centre develops a new Strategic Plan, using its Mission Statement (above) as a starting point. The Strategic Plan is reviewed each year at the Centre’s annual planning day, usually held in November. The Centre’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan was developed in mid-2017 through a process involving the Centre’s Board, Advisory Council, government and other key stakeholders.