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Did you know it's been more than ten years since the LAW Survey was conducted?
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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

Designing legal needs surveys
Legal needs surveys are the most reliable way to gain an understanding of the legal needs of the community but design is key to their usefulness. This paper explores the factors that need to be taken into account, such as who should participate? What sort of questions should be asked? What types of problems should be examined? ... read more | Download Justice Issues paper 31

Quantifying the legal and broader life impacts of domestic and family violence
New analysis of the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey reveals that respondents who had experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) reported 20 legal problems on average in the preceding 12 months, compared to only 2 legal problems for the rest of the population. Their legal problems were also more likely to have greater adverse knock-on effects on their physical and mental health, housing and income ... read more
Download Justice Issues paper 32 | See media release
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Triage principles in legal assistance
Triage provides a means for prioritising clients and matching them appropriately with available legal assistance services. Our report features a matrix that maps triage practice by type of entry point into the legal service. The report was developed to support Legal Aid NSW undertake a review of their client intake and triage processes ... read more | Download report

Aboriginal Legal Service planning tool launch

The Foundation is proud to be working with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd to assist with planning their services. We created a database using Criminal Court statistics on finalised matters with Aboriginal defendants sourced from BOCSAR to measure potential demand for criminal law services. Data is available for the period 2012-2017 ... read more | View data via Tableau Public | Visit ALS website

CLSD Program data packs support planning

The Foundation is pleased to announce that 'data packs' for all 12 Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) Program regions are now available online. The data packs are designed to help service providers with planning and to enhance service coordination in each CLSD region. The CLSD Program is coordinated by Legal Aid NSW.
See CLSD Factsheet | Download data packs

2018 Collaborative Planning Resource
The 2018 Collaborative Planning Resource (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.
See Collaborative Planning Resource page
Download 2018 CPR flyer | See YouTube video

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