Legal services is when people unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal services is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to fair trail. Australia has a federal system of government comprising federal, state and territory jurisdictions. The Australian (Commonwealth) and state and territory governments are each responsible for the provision of legal services for matters arising under their laws.
The Australian government funds the provision of legal services for Commonwealth family, civil and criminal law matters under agreements with state and territory governments and LACS. The majority of Commonwealth matters fall within the family law jurisdiction. The Australian Government and most state and territory governments also fund community legal centers, which are independent, non-profit organizations which provide referral, advice and assistance to people with legal problems. Additionally, the Australian Government funds financial assistance for legal services under certain statutory schemes and legal services for Indigenous Australians.
The Australian Government changed its arrangements to directly fund legal aid services for Commonwealth law matters. Under this arrangement, the states and territories fund assistance in respect of their own laws. There are seven types of legal services in Australia they are Australian financial security authority, Australian government solicitor, Australian international commercial dispute resolution, commonwealth director of public prosecution, international legal services advisory council, office of parliamentary counsel.