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Collaborative Planning Resource

The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales Collaborative Planning Resource (CPR) is intended to support the planning of legal assistance services by Australian jurisdictions. The resource has two parts:

The LJF Collaborative Planning Resource – Service Planning (CPR-SP) summarises the research evidence on legal need and access to justice and the implications for planning legal service delivery. The geographical location of legal services, while important, is only one key aspect of planning and delivering effective legal assistance services to those most in need. Recognising the variation between different priority groups and the overlap between them, services can be targeted at identified client groups; timely to client’s experience; appropriate to varying legal need and capability; and joined-up as part of a holistic response. 1

Service design is likely to vary accordingly. For instance, reaching hard to find groups through other (often non-legal) services with which they have regular contact. The CPR-SP also provides useful information for designing appropriate legal services for specific priority demographic groups: ‘who’ priority clients are, ‘what’ types of services are appropriate to their legal needs and capabilities, and ‘how’ these services might be delivered.

The LJF Collaborative Planning Resource – Jurisdictional Data (CPR-JD) brings together three sets of information relevant to making decisions about legal assistance provision:

  • The geographic distribution of the Commonwealth’s priority groups for services
  • The prevalence of experiencing legal problems for each priority group
  • The geographic distribution of those most likely to be in need of legal assistance services for financial or other reasons.

The Foundation will issue new versions of the CPR-JD as new information becomes available. The data provided is available for a range of geographical boundaries. Please contact the Foundation on (02) 8227 3200 or email to discuss the options available or to provide feedback on the current version.

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