The Queensland Government funded Community Legal Centres Queensland to produce a report on cost savings opportunities within the legal sector and with the broader community sector.
Overall the project identified limited areas for costs savings for CLCs in their operating budgets due to the underinvestment in expenditure not specifically related to providing direct services. This underinvestment is consistent with benchmark research across the social and community sectors.
The project also found that the buying power of the Queensland CLC sector is an insufficient incentive to external retailers/service providers to reduce their prices. Savings for CLCs through group buying schemes are only possible if Queensland CLCs can join schemes that cover more than the Queensland CLC sector.