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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. Following feedback on the use of NLAS and the release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 Census data the Foundation has revised, updated and expanded the NLAS indicators.

What data is available?
The 2018 CPR includes these NLAS indicators:
  • NLAS(Capability) – a count of people aged 15 to 64 who are likely to need legal assistance should they experience a problem due to their low level of personal income and educational attainment
  • NLAS(ATSI) – a count of people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander aged 15 and over with a low personal income
  • NLAS(CALD) – a count of people for whom English is not their main language, aged 15 and over with a low personal income
  • NLAS(65+) – a count of people aged 65 and over with low personal income and educational attainment
  • NLAS($52K) – a count of people aged 15 to 64 with moderate personal income and low educational attainment

In addition, see below for a full list of the priority groups included in the 2018 CPR. These are available at a number of geographic levels on request.


Where can I see the data?
Data for all Australia is available in maps and tables from Tableau Public.
No software is required to access the Tableau dashboards.

Visit Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Tableau home page

If you’d like a bit more help, please see our 2018 CPR instructional video on YouTube


Definitions for NLAS indicators and priority groups
See our Explanatory Notes and Definitions Table

Data and geographic levels currently available for download in Excel format
Geographic levels:
  • Postcode
  • Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)
  • Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)
  • Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)
  • Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
  • Statistical Area Level 2 to Statistical Area Level 4 (SA2 to SA4)
  • Statistical Area Level 3 to Statistical Area Level 4 (SA3 to SA4)

Homelessness in Australia: Key facts infographics
These infographics present some key facts on homelessness following the Australian Bureau of Statistics “Estimating Homelessness” data release in March 2018. The 2018 CPR has been updated to include this data to assist with planning legal assistance services.

NLAS indicators:
  • NLAS(Capability)
  • NLAS(ATSI)
  • NLAS(CALD)
  • NLAS(65+)
  • NLAS($52K)

Priority groups:
  • Population (Total, aged 15 and over, and aged 15-64)
  • People with a personal income less than $26,000 (15 and over)
  • People with a personal income less than $52,000 (15 and over)
  • People with a household income less than $26,000 (all ages)
  • People with a lower education (15-64)
  • Unemployed people (15 and over)
  • Single parents (15 and over)
  • Children and youth (0-24)
  • Disengaged youth (15-24)
  • Older people (65 and over)
  • People with a disability (aged 14 and under, and aged 15-64)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people (aged 14 and under, and aged 15 and over)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people with personal income less than $52,000 (15 and over)
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people (15 and over)
  • People with poor English proficiency (15 and over)
  • People who did not access internet from their dwelling (15 and over)

The data provided is available for a range of geographical boundaries. Please email datadigest@lawfoundation.net.au to discuss the options available or to provide feedback on the current version.






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