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Data digest: a compendium of service usage data from NSW legal assistance and dispute resolution services, 1999-2002   

, 2004 Analyses data collected by the main publicly funded NSW legal service providers on the nature of inquiries received, the demographic characteristics of inquirers and the pathways they took to resolve their issues.


Appendix 3: Region of residence classification scheme


Where postcode data were available, postcodes were mapped to Australian Bureau of Statistics regions. These are based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).44 The ASGC has four hierarchical levels: We have reported at the level of Statistical Divisions (SD) for non-Sydney regions and Statistical Subdivisions (SSD) for metropolitan Sydney as shown in Figure 3-1 and Figure 3-2. This is in accordance with the practice of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

As one postcode may belong in more than one subdivision inquiries have been randomly allocated based on the weighting accorded to the postcodes. This information about postcode distribution comes from the Postal Area To Statistical Local Area 2001 Concordance.45

Population percentages were calculated using 2001 Census data.46

A number of postcodes could be identified as those for ‘large volume recipients’. These, together with the CBD postcodes (1003, 1010, 1172, 1208, 1300, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2020), were formed into a group called ‘Business’. This group has been excluded from analysis. This affected the Inner Sydney Statistical Subdivision in particular. The rest of Inner Sydney was mapped to the Inner Sydney Statistical Subdivision.

Inquiries from outside NSW (including the ACT) have been excluded from the analysis.

Figure 3-1:  New South Wales Statistical Division boundaries


Figure 3-2:  Sydney Statistical Subdivision boundaries


Table 3-1:  NSW Statistical Divisions
HunterIllawarraRichmond–TweedMid-North Coast
CessnockKiamaBallina Bellingen
DungogShellharbourByron Coffs Harbour
GloucesterShoalhavenKyogleCopmanhurst
Great LakesWingecarribeeLismoreGrafton
Lake MacquarieWollongongRichmond ValleyGreater Taree
MaitlandTweedHastings
MerriwaKempsey
MurrurundiLord Howe Island
MuswellbrookMaclean
NewcastleNambucca
Port StephensPristine Waters
Scone
Singleton
NorthernNorth WesternCentral WestSouth Eastern
Armidale DumaresqBoganBathurstBega Valley
BarrabaBourkeBlandBombala
BingaraBrewarrinaBlayneyBoorowa
Glen InnesCobarCabonneCooma-Monaro
GunnedahCoolahCowra Crookwell
GuyraCoonabarabranEvansEurobodalla
InverellCoonambleForbesGoulburn
ManillaDubboGreater LithgowGunning
Moree PlainsGilgandraLachlanHarden
NarrabriMudgee OberonMulwaree
NundleNarromineOrangeQueanbeyan
Parry WalgettParkesSnowy River
Quirindi WarrenRylstoneTallaganda
Severn WellingtonWeddinYarrowlumla
Tamworth Yass
Tenterfield Young
Uralla
Walcha
Yallaroi
MurrumbidgeeMurrayFar West
Carrathool AlburyBroken Hill
Coolamon BalranaldCentral Darling
Cootamundra BerriganUnincorporated Far West
Griffith Conargo
Gundagai Corowa
Hay Culcairn
Junee Deniliquin
Leeton Holbrook
Lockhart Hume
Murrumbidgee Jerilderie
Narrandera Murray
Temora Tumbarumba
Tumut Urana
Wagga WaggaWakool
Wentworth
Windouran

Table 3-2:  Sydney Statistical Subdivisions
Inner SydneyOuter South Western SydneyLower Northern Sydney
Botany BayCamdenHunters Hill
LeichhardtCampbelltownLane Cove
MarrickvilleWollondillyMosman
South SydneyNorth Sydney
SydneyRyde
Willoughby
Eastern SuburbsInner Western SydneyCentral Northern Sydney
RandwickAshfieldBaulkham Hills
WaverleyBurwoodHornsby
WoollahraConcordKu-ring-gai
Drummoyne
Strathfield
St George–SutherlandCentral Western SydneyNorthern Beaches
HurstvilleAuburnManly
KogarahHolroydPittwater
RockdaleParramattaWarringah
Sutherland
Canterbury–BankstownOuter Western SydneyGosford–Wyong
BankstownBlue MountainsGosford
CanterburyHawkesburyWyong
Penrith
Fairfield–LiverpoolBlacktown
FairfieldBlacktown
Liverpool


44  Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Localities Index, Australia: Localities & Streets Indices and Explanatory Notes for ASGC 2002, Catalogue No. 1252.0, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.
45  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Postal Area to Statistical Local Area Concordance, Australia, Catalogue No. 1253.0, ABS, 2001.
46  Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census Basic Community Profile and Snapshot: New South Wales, ABS, <http://www.abs.gov.au/>.