The NSW Government will invest $7 million over four years to provide small businesses and individuals with technology, self-help tools and resources to resolve their legal disputes quickly, cheaply and fairly online.
“If small business operators can resolve their legal disputes at the click of a mouse or a tap of a touch screen, less time will be spent fighting legal battles and there’ll be more time to concentrate on the bottom line,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
More than $15 million will assist Community Legal Centres (CLCs) to continue to provide free legal services at more than 30 locations across NSW.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the funding represents more certainty for CLCs to continue life-changing work supporting small businesses and some of the most disadvantaged people in the community.
“CLCs provide free legal help to more than 50,000 people and prevent simple legal problems snowballing into serious issues,” Mr Speakman said.
Detail about the Civil Justice Strategy, including funding for CLCs, will be announced in the coming months.