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Get the key facts on homelessness
View or download our new infographics summarising the key facts on homelessness in Australia here

Legal information services
The Foundation has released a literature scan conducted for Victoria Legal Aid which summarises the evidence on legal information services. read more

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

Cameron Review implementation
On 21 September 2018 Evidence of legal need in NSW to support the Cameron Review implementation was released.

For help with using the information in this report, please email 

We are recruiting for a Research Assistant. Find out more

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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

Cancellation of Grants Program
It is with great regret that the Board of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW has today announced that our Grants Program has been cancelled, due to a lack of core funding. This long-running and innovative program has effected change for some of the most disadvantaged people in NSW. ... read more
See media release

Supreme Court report released

Our study of nearly 7,000 civil cases first finalised in the NSW Supreme Court in 2016 reveals who is litigating, why and what outcomes they achieve.
This report completes our investigation into the quality and utility of New South Wales civil court and tribunal data commissioned by the Department of Justice NSW, strengthening the evidence base to inform policy and practice ... read more
Download Data insights in civil justice: NSW Supreme Court
Download infographic | Download media release

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. 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

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