“Pro bono” comes from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means “for the public good”. In the legal context it generally means the provision of legal services on a free or significantly reduced fee basis.
The Australian Pro Bono Centre publishes a wide range of resources, guides, reports, speeches and submissions, which can be found in Our Publications.
The Centre’s five flagship publications on pro bono legal services in Australia are:
National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey Reports – reports on the Centre’s biennial survey of Australian law firms with 50 or more full-time equivalent lawyers. The Centre conducts the survey in order to develop a longitudinal picture of the pro bono legal work of large law firms.
The Australian Pro Bono Manual – a ‘how to’ and ‘best practice’ guide on establishing and operating a pro bono program within a law firm. An updated version of the Manual will be published in early 2016.
Australian Pro Bono News – the Centre’s monthly newsletter, which contains stories about recent developments in the pro bono and legal assistance sector, including the Centre’s reports and submissions.
For details of firms providing pro bono legal services within Australia please see our list of Law firms’ pro bono web pages. You can also find a current list of Signatories to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target in the Target section of this site.