Note: the original hard copy of this report is 16 pages .

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NSW Legal Needs Survey in disadvantaged areas: South Sydney, Justice issues paper 8   

, 2008 Justice made to measure: NSW legal needs survey in disadvantaged areas (2006) is the report of a large-scale quantitative study of the legal needs of disadvantaged people in six local government areas of New South Wales. More than 2400 residents across the regions were interviewed about their legal needs. This report was preceded by an initial study Quantitative legal needs survey: Bega Valley (pilot) (2003). There now follows a series of papers in the Justice Issues imprint. Six individual papers will describe how disadvantaged people deal with legal problems, detailing the responses from one of the regions surveyed: Campbelltown, Fairfield, Nambucca, Newcastle, South Sydney and Walgett....

South Sydney LGA

South Sydney LGA is a 14.3 square kilometres area within the inner city of Sydney that stretches from Woolloomooloo in the north to just beyond Beaconsfield in the south (ABS 2006). In 2003, the ABS estimated the population in the South Sydney LGA to be 61 382, approximately a 10 per cent increase on the 1999 estimate. The population density had increased from 3886.3 per square kilometre in 1999, to 4288.5 in 2003, compared with only 8.4 persons per square kilometre for New South Wales. Hence, South Sydney appears to be an area steadily growing in population. The unemployment rate in 2003 was 6.1 per cent, compared with 6 percent for New South Wales, and 13 685 people were receiving income support11 in the South Sydney LGA (22.3%) compared with 22.2 per cent for New South Wales (ABS 2006). The average taxable income in this area in 2003 was $49 381, higher than the state average of $43 649.

11  This figure is based on the selected income streams comprising: the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Newstart Allowance, Parent Payment (single), Youth Allowance, Other pensions and allowances (ABS 2006).