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Table 9 below illustrates the access of men and women for advice to our regional offices.

Legal advice for regional offices by gender

Regional office Male Female Not stated Total
Bundaberg 728 (47.7%) 763 (50%) 35 1,526
Cairns 916 (61.6%) 571 (38.4%) 0 1,487
Mackay 631 (45.2%) 764 (54.8%) 0 1,395
Mt Isa 162 (59.1%) 112 (40.9%) 0 274
Rockhampton 794 (52%) 733 (48%) 1 1,528
Toowoomba 698 (45.5%) 837 (54.5%) 0 1,535
Townsville 975 (56.5%) 748 (43.3%) 1 1,72412
Sub total

Total

4,904 (51.8%) 4,528 (47.8%) 37 (0.4%) 9,432

9,469

Applications for legal aid by rural and regional women

During 2005-06, out of 38,919 applications for aid 12,694 were from rural and regional people.

This represents 32.61% of the total applications for legal aid.

Rural and regional women made 4,788 applications for a grant of aid, and rural and regional men made 7,906 applications. As the previous year, women from rural and regional areas mostly made applications for aid are in the family law area.

During 2005-06, out of 38,919 applications for aid 12,694 were from rural and regional people. This represents 32.61% of the total applications for legal aid.Rural and regional women made 4,788 applications for a grant of aid, and rural and regional men made 7,906 applications. As the previous year, women from rural and regional areas mostly made applications for aid in the family law area.

Rural and regional women made applications for legal aid in the following areas:

Family 2,660 (56%)
Civil 788 (16%)
Criminal 1,340 (28%)
Total 4,788 (100%)

Rural and remote men made applications for legal aid in the following areas:

Family 1,548 (19.6%)
Civil 542 (6.9%)
Criminal 5,816 (73.5%)
Total 7,906 (100%)

Approvals for grants of legal aid for rural and regional women

Out of the 30,139 applications for a grant of legal aid approved for the 2005-06 year, a total of 9,374 were approved for rural and regional people. This represents 31.1% of the total applications approved for a grant of legal aid.

Out of the 9,374 applications approved for rural and regional people, 3,106 were for women representing 33.13% of the all approvals for rural and regional people. This is well below the benchmark for women which is 56%.

Out of 4,788 rural and regional women who applied for legal aid 3,106 were granted legal aid representing a rate of around 64.87% which is lower than the previous year and lower than the rate for women of 70.99%. Legal Aid Queensland has changed there grants policy in 2006/07 which will be evaluated in next year's report.

6,268 rural and regional men were approved legal aid out of 7,906 applications. This is a rate of 79.28%. This is comparable with the average rate for men which is 81.38%.

Table 9A below illustrates the applications and approvals for both men and women.

Regional office Applications male Approvals male Applications female Approvals female
Bundaberg 1,831 1,413 1,103 665
Cairns 1,510 1,207 714 463
Mackay 124 117 141 139
Mt Isa 50 50 19 19
Rockhampton 1,223 997 774 545
Toowoomba 1,282 1,000 787 496
Townsville 1,886 1,484 1,250 779
Total 7,906 6,268 4,188 3,106
12 includes the FL duty lawyer figures


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