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

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NSW Legal Needs Survey in disadvantaged areas: Campbelltown, Justice issues paper 4   

, 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....


Campbelltown LGA


Campbelltown LGA is a 24.4 square kilometres area, 50 kilometres south-west of Sydney, that stretches from Sutherland in the east to Camden in the west (ABS 2006). In 2003, the ABS estimated the population in the Campbelltown LGA to be 150 483, approximately a 1 per cent increase on the 2000 estimate. The population density as of June 2004 was 480.3 per square kilometre, compared with only 8.4 persons per square kilometre for New South Wales.11 The unemployment rate in 2003 was 8.2 per cent, compared with 6 percent for New South Wales, and 30 495 people were receiving income support12 (20.3% of total population, compared with 22.2% for New South Wales). The average taxable income in this area in 2003 was $37 462, lower than the state average of $43 649. The higher unemployment rate and lower average income indicate that Campbelltown LGA, at least in 2003, was an area of relative disadvantage.


11  2003 data were not available.
12  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).