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Centre Appoints New CEO

The Australian Pro Bono Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Gabriela Christian-Hare as its new Chief Executive Officer

Gabriela has worked as Head of Policy and Strategy for the Centre since 2017. She will start her role as CEO in May 2019. Read the full Media Release here. 

National Pro Bono Day 2019

National Pro Bono Day is tomorrow, Tuesday 14 May 2019, as part of Law Week, providing an opportunity to celebrate the pro bono work undertaken by the Australian legal profession.

To celebrate National Pro Bono Day, the Australian Pro Bono Centre asked pro bono leaders across Australia to share their most memorable experiences.

April 2019 Newsletter Now Available

The April 2019 issue of Australian Pro Bono News, the Centre’s monthly newsletter providing stories and articles of interest to the Australian pro bono community, is now available online.

We welcome your feedback, submissions and ideas for both Australian Pro Bono News and our website. For past issues, visit our newsletter Archive.

Release of Government Lawyers Guide

The Centre’s new publication, Pro Bono Legal Work – A Guide for Government Lawyers, is an essential guide for individual government lawyers seeking involvement in pro bono legal work and government legal teams looking to establish, refine or expand in-house pro bono legal programs.

The Guide draws on the experience of government legal teams with existing pro bono policies and programs, and provides practical guidance to encourage and support government lawyers to pursue pro bono legal work.

Law Firms Invest in Pro Bono

There is a growing dedication to, and maturity in, pro bono legal practice among the largest firms in Australia, according to the Report on the Sixth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey — Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers released 18 February 2019.

MEDIA RELEASE: Experts to team up with pro bono lawyers

ExpertsDirect Pro Bono is a new service just launched for lawyers that aims to put them in touch with experts in a myriad of fields who are prepared to offer their services for free or at low cost in matters where the lawyer is acting on a pro bono basis. ExpertsDirect will be providing their services, including their Research, Case Management and Quality Assurance Teams, on a pro bono basis for participating pro bono law firms.

See the full media release.

The 11th Annual Performance Report on the National Pro Bono Target (2018)

The 11th October 2018 marks the release of the 11th Annual Performance Report on the National Pro Bono Target.

Please read the full report here.

National Pro Bono Day Video

Happy National Pro Bono Day from some of our National Pro Bono Aspirational Target signatories!

You can find more information on the Target and how to become a signatory here.

New from the Centre

MEDIA RELEASE: Experts to team up with pro bono lawyers

ExpertsDirect Pro Bono is a new service just launched for lawyers that aims to put them in touch with experts in a myriad of fields who are prepared to offer their services for free or at low cost in matters where the lawyer is acting on a pro bono basis. ExpertsDirect will be providing their services, including their Research, Case Management and Quality Assurance Teams, on a pro bono basis for participating pro bono law firms.

See the full media release.

11th Annual Report of the National Pro Bono Target (2018)

The 11th October 2018 marks the release of the 11th Annual Performance Report on the National Pro Bono Target.

Please read the full report here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Review of community legal centres recognises importance of resourcing to leverage pro bono support

The Australian Pro Bono Centre welcomes the announcement today by the NSW Government of new funding for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in NSW based on the recommendations of the 2017 Review of NSW Community Legal Centre Services led by Mr Alan Cameron AO (Review Report) also released today.

See the full media release.

2018 Target reporting and Law Firm Pro Bono Survey now LIVE

It’s now time for signatories to the National Pro Bono Target to submit their reporting for the 2018 financial year. Click here to access the online form. **Reporting is due before Friday 24 August 2018**

The 6th Biennial National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey is also now open for submissions from Australian law firms with 50 or more full-time equivalent lawyers. Survey available here.

Australian Pro Bono News Issue 128: July 2018

Check out the latest edition of our Australian Pro Bono News for the latest case studies, reports, updates and more on pro bono and access to justice in Australia and around the world. This issue features highlights from Walks for Justice and other National Pro Bono Day activities.

Read it here.

Changes to the National Pro Bono Target take effect 1 July 2018

Brief yourself on the changes to the National Pro Bono Target here.

REVISED: Client Management and Self-Care Guide

February 2018

We’ve just revised the Client Management and Self-Care Guide and you can download this, and view the accompanying role play videos, on this dedicated page. A great resource for your pro bono team!

What does law firm pro bono look like?

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Eight pieces of advice with Nick Crennan, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Q&A with Jo Renkin, Lander & Rogers

Pro bono legal services in Regional Rural and Remote areas

Happy National Pro Bono Day from signatories to the National Pro Bono Target

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, the Bedegal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders – past, present and emerging – and the youth who are working towards a brighter tomorrow.


The Australian Pro Bono Centre is grateful for the support it receives from the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney, which includes the use of the Faculty’s premises and facilities.


The Australian Pro Bono Centre is registered as a charity with the ACNC.

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