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2018 LAW Survey
It's been ten years since the LAW Survey was conducted. Find out why we need a new survey.
2018 LAW Survey infographic
See Sources & Definitions document

Data insights in civil justice series
We've been engaged by the Department of Justice to investigate the quality and utility of NSW civil court and tribunal data. Eight reports have been published:
NSW Land and Environment Court
NSW District Court
NSW Local Court
Download NCAT reports

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The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW is an independent statutory body working to improve access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people ... read more

Legal needs data to assist CLC funding applications
The Foundation has released Evidence of legal need in NSW to support the Cameron Review implementation which builds on over 20 years of empirical legal needs research. The report seeks to provide evidence of legal need in New South Wales to assist the implementation of the Cameron Review in 2018 ... read more

Disadvantaged Australians more vulnerable to legal problems
New analysis of the LAW Survey shows that there is a clear association between people's level of disadvantage and their ability to resolve their legal problems. Legal assistance services policy must continue to focus on disadvantaged people in our community. See Resolving legal problems: the role of disadvantage

Download infographic | Download Updating Justice No. 56

New planning tool for Aboriginal Legal Service
The Foundation has developed a new database for the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd to assist with planning their Criminal Law Practice services. Criminal Court statistics on finalised matters with Aboriginal defendants were sourced from BOCSAR to develop a proxy to indicate potential demand for ALS services in NSW. read more

View data via Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Tableau homepage

Landmark report on Land and Environment Court
A new study of NSW Land and Environment Court cases showing who uses the court and for what purpose has been released by the Foundation. Data insights in civil justice: NSW Land and Environment Court is the eighth report in the series, which also includes reports on the Local Court, District Court and NCAT, commissioned by the Department of Justice NSW in 2016.

Download full infographic | Download media release

Indigenous people and legal problem resolution
Using LAW Survey data, our new paper Indigenous people and legal problem resolution finds that Indigenous Australians, particularly those who are multiply disadvantaged, are significantly more likely to have unresolved crime problems than non-Indigenous Australians.

Download full infographic | Download Updating Justice No. 55

DVU study to inform roll out
Launched on 28 February, a process evaluation conducted by the Law and Justice Foundation examines the early implementation of the Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) set up by Legal Aid NSW in January 2016. See media release

Grants Program
Our March 2018 grant round has closed. We will announce our next grant round on our website and on Twitter. For more information, visit our Grants Program page

2018 Collaborative Planning Resource release
The 2018 Collaborative Planning Resource (CPR) is now available. The latest CPR uses 2016 ABS Census data and includes data on the Need for Legal Assistance Service (NLAS) indicators which provide a count of the distribution of potential need for not-for-profit legal assistance services. Visit our Collaborative Planning Resource page

Download 2018 CPR flyer | See YouTube video

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The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales does not provide legal advice or referrals. Please contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529