Private firms undertaking South Australian Government legal work pursuant to Treasurer’s Instruction 10 (TI10) will be required to be a signatory to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s National Pro Bono Target (the Target) from 1 April 2024 unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Crown Solicitor.
The following changes apply to the standard Terms of Engagement – Private Legal Practitioner (Solicitor) applicable for TI10 engagements:
From 1 October 2023, for all new TI10 engagements, firms are required to use their best endeavours to sign up to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s National Pro Bono Target.
From 1 April 2024, for all new TI10 engagements, firms must be a signatory to the Target.
National Pro Bono Target
The Target requires signatories to undertake 35 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year.
Private firms undertaking legal work pursuant to TI10 must report to the Crown Solicitor as to whether it is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Target in the course of reporting on Significant Issues as required under the register’s Standard Terms of Engagement.
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.