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8667.0 - Legal Services, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/06/2009   
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GOVERNMENT SOLICITORS AND PUBLIC PROSECUTORS


Employment

Sources of income

Expenses


SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

At 30 June 2008, the nine government solicitors and nine public prosecutors in Australia:

  • employed 4,514 persons
  • generated income of $671m for the 2007-08 financial year
  • incurred expenses of $642.5m for the same period.

EMPLOYMENT

At the end of June 2008, 4,514 persons were employed in government solicitor and public prosecutor organisations. The largest category of occupation for these organisations was practising barristers and solicitors, accounting for 54.4% (2,455 persons) of total employment.
SOURCES OF INCOME

The graph below shows that the main source of income for these organisations was from government funding, which represented 58% (or $388.9m) of total income, followed by income from the provision of legal services which represented 33.2% (or $222.6m). Disbursements accounted for 6.1% ($40.8m) of government solicitors and public prosecutor income.

Sources of income, Government solicitors and public prosecutors
Graph: Sources of income, Government solicitors and public prosecutors


EXPENSES

Wages and salaries represented 56.3% (or $361.7m) of total expenses for government solicitors and public prosecutors.

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