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Legal Services Reform

September 2008

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The Attorney-General’s Department provides Commonwealth departments and agencies with general guidance on issues relevant to the acquisition or provision of legal services, particularly through competitive tendering and contracting processes.

Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, has announced the release of a common form tender package for mandatory use by all Commonwealth agencies.  This will improve how the Commonwealth purchases its legal services by streamlining processes, cutting red tape and will reduce the costs for both the private legal sector and taxpayers.

Significant elements of the new package include:

These new requirements build on reforms introduced earlier in the year, and highlight the Rudd Government’s commitment to legal assistance programs, which exceeds $270 million a year. The earlier reforms included measures to;

Further information about the reform package is available on Attorney General’s Department website here.

The Attorney-General’s Media release is available here.

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