Governments strike $2b legal funding deal

Legal assistance across Australia will receive a $248 million boost under a new partnership between governments.

The extra money is part of a five-year deal struck on Tuesday and includes the restoration of $151 million in legal aid funding that had previously been removed, Attorney-General Christian Porter says.

In total, $2 billion will be split between Legal Aid Commissions, community legal centres, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, domestic violence and health justice services, and family advocacy and support services.

It is the first time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services have been included in the national funding partnership.