Queensland Whole-of-Government Legal Services Panel
The Queensland whole-of-government legal services panel commenced on 1 June 2020. There are 32 legal practices (suppliers) on the panel who have been selected to provide legal services and/or legal resources to government departments and other entities. The panel is currently due to end on 31 May 2024, with a further 2 year extension option available.
Commitment to National Pro Bono Target
Suppliers must sign up to and meet the Centre’s National Pro Bono Target of 35 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year. This does not apply to small businesses.
Suppliers are required to report annually on the number of hours of pro bono legal work performed per lawyer within the supplier’s organisation (as reported to the Centre under the National Pro Bono Target).
Suppliers are also required to provide a case study on pro bono work completed in Queensland during the prior year.
If suppliers do not meet the National Pro Bono Target, their standing offer arrangement can be either suspended or terminated.
For more information about the Queensland panel’s pro bono conditions, see the Standing Offer Arrangement Details document, and in particular:
- the requirement for suppliers to sign up to the Target in clause 2.1(f): page 18
- the key performance indicators in Schedule 3 (table row 3): page 39
- the reporting requirements in Schedule 4 (clause 1.2, table row 4): page 42.
You can also find more discussion of pro bono provisions in government tender arrangements – including a comparison of the arrangements put in place by the Commonwealth, Victorian, New South Wales, South Australian, Western Australian and Queensland Governments – here.