Funding boost will ‘help the helpers’

26 April 2016
The NSW Government's announcement of funding for Not-for-profit Law means extra services for charities and community groups

Today’s announcement by the Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard of $825,000 over three years to Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law is a big step towards building an even stronger community sector in NSW.

Not-for-profit Law is Justice Connect’s program providing free online information, a telephone enquiry service and legal advice, and training to community groups and charities around Australia.

“This funding means that our service will be able to help the helpers in NSW,” said Fiona McLeay, CEO of Justice Connect.

“We expect to expand our services to the around 200,000 community groups that are based in NSW alone. The Government and Minister are to be commended for committing funds to such a noble and effective purpose,” Ms McLeay said.

“Every day we see great organisations, delivering vital community services, spending their time navigating what can be a complicated legal landscape,” said Juanita Pope, director of Not-for-profit Law.

“By providing accessible, tailored legal help to these groups, we help the helpers. This work that the government has funded lets community groups focus on doing their real job, whether that’s providing refuge for women and children fleeing family violence, caring for those with a disability, managing community-based housing, responding to emergencies or protecting the environment,” said Ms Pope.

“NCOSS is a long-time partner of Justice Connect. We are very excited that the Government has supported the sector through this funding for Not-for-profit Law. There will be huge benefits to people experiencing disadvantage and poverty here in NSW. We look forward to partnering with Justice Connect to help the community sector over the next three years and beyond,” said Tracy Howe, CEO of NCOSS.

“A Deloitte Access Economics Report showed that our program delivers a contribution of around $2.4 million to the NSW economy. We thank Minister Hazzard and the NSW Government for this vital funding, which will increase our contribution further,” said Ms McLeay.

Contact - Ed Butler, 03 8636 4476, ed.butler@justiceconnect.org.au