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Appendix A


Pilot survey specifications, Bega Valley LGA Pilot Survey, October–November 2002

Sample

Table A1: Sample populations

Group
Description
N
Comments
A
All survey participants
306
B
All legal events
572
All legal events identified.
C
Examined legal events
398
Maximum 3 events per participant subject for further analysis. 418 potential legal events identified; due to coding error participants were not asked to provide further information in 20 cases.
D
Examined legal events where help sought
207
Subset of C
E
Examined legal events where help not sought
191
Subset of C
F
Examined legal events where dealt with the event themselves
93
Subset of E
G
Examined legal events where did nothing
98
Subset of E
H
Most important/only legal event – total
198
Subset of C. 203 potential legal events identified; due to coding error participants were not asked to provide further information in 5 cases.
I
Most important/only legal event – help sought
119
Subset of D
J
Most important/only legal event – help not sought
79
Subset of E
K
Most important/only legal event – handled it themselves
39
Subset of J
L
Most important/only legal event – did nothing
40
Subset of J

Table A2: Demographic characteristics

Demographic characteristicSub-category
GenderFemale
Male
Age15 to 24
25 to 34
35 to 44
45 to 54
55 to 64
65 or older
IncomeUnder $200/week
$200 to $499/week
$500 and over/week
BirthplaceNo
(English speaking country)Yes
Indigenous AustralianNo
Yes
EducationDid not finish school
Year 10 or equivalent
Year 12 or equivalent
Certificate/Diploma
University degree or higher
Chronic Conditions/DisabilitiesNo
Yes

Table A3: Demographic sample populations
Characteristic
A
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
Female
158
207
113
94
48
46
101
66
35
Male
148
191
94
97
45
52
97
53
44
Indigenous Australian
8
18
7
11
9
2
6
4
2
Non-Indigenous
298
380
200
180
84
96
192
115
77
English speaking country
290
381
197
184
89
95
189
114
75
Born in non-English
16
17
10
7
4
3
9
5
4
speaking country
Person with a disability
95
135
66
69
33
36
67
40
27
Person without a disability
211
263
141
122
60
62
131
79
52
Income under $200
58
71
38
33
14
19
31
21
10
Income $200 to $499
115
152
77
75
32
43
80
43
37
Income $500 or over
100
145
75
70
40
30
70
45
25
Missing
33
30
17
13
7
6
17
10
7
Aged 15 to 24
30
41
16
25
13
12
20
7
13
Aged 25 to 34
31
46
28
18
6
12
20
16
4
Aged 35 to 44
67
125
65
60
31
29
54
32
22
Aged 45 to 54
59
93
46
47
22
25
47
28
19
Aged 55 to 64
52
56
32
24
11
13
31
20
11
Aged 65 or over
57
30
16
14
7
7
20
12
8
Missing
10
7
4
3
3
0
6
4
2
Did not/yet to finish school
41
49
28
21
10
11
25
18
7
Year 10 or equivalent
98
120
54
66
31
35
61
30
31
Year 12 or equivalent
58
69
32
37
20
17
38
22
16
Certificate/Diploma
53
64
36
28
11
17
34
20
14
University degree or higher
54
94
57
37
21
16
39
29
10
Missing
2
2
0
2
0
2
1
0
1
TOTAL
306
398
207
191
93
98
198
119
79

Notes: See Appendix A, Table A1 for column definitions.

Table A4: Legal event classification table

GroupIndividual legal events
BusinessProblem as owner of a small business
Problem as landlord
ConsumerSale of goods/services problem
Problem with insurance
Problem with superannuation
Dispute with bank*
Credit and DebtProblem over repayment of money owed to you
Problem paying a loan, bill or debt
Dispute about credit reference rating
Problem with actual or possible bankruptcy
Problem as guarantor for someone else
Criminal LawProperty stolen or vandalised
Victim of assault
Unfair treatment by police
Police failing to investigate a crime
Problem with bail or remand
Charged with a criminal offence
DetentionProblem accessing legal advice or assistance
Problem accessing medical treatment
Serious threats to personal safety
Harassment/abuse by staff
Problem with parole or release
DomesticVictim of physical/verbal abuse or threats by a family member
ViolenceVictim of physical/verbal abuse/threats by household member (non family)
Respondent to domestic violence/AVO application*
EducationChild/young person bullied/harassed at school (parent)
Unfair exclusion/suspension (parent)
Problem with HECS/course fees (parent)
Child/young person bullied/harassed at school (self)
Unfair exclusion/suspension (self)
Problem with HECS/course fees (self)
EmploymentDispute over terms and conditions of employment
Harassment, bullying or mistreatment at work
Unfair termination of employment
Work related discrimination
Family Law &Divorce/separation
RelationshipsDispute over matrimonial property
Problem about residence or contact arrangements for children
Problem about receipt or payment of child support
Problem about fostering, adoption or legal guardianship of children
Child taken into care/placed on child protection register
GovernmentProblem related to government benefit/pension
Problem accessing government disability/aged care services or non financial assistance (as carer for 3rd party)
Dispute about income tax assessment or debt
Problem accessing government disability/aged care services or non financial assistance (self)
Fines (not traffic related) that you have challenged or tried to challenge
Problem with Freedom of Information request
Immigration problem
Problem with local council*
HealthProblem accessing non government disability/aged care services (self)
Involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation (self)
Problem with care after release from psychiatric hospital (self)
Other disability/aged care problem (self)
Involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation (as carer for 3rd party)
Problem related to legal guardianship (as carer for 3rd party)
Other disability/aged care problem (as carer for 3rd party)
HousingDispute with neighbours
Bought or sold a property
Homelessness
Problems related to tenancy
Problems related to home ownership
Problems related to strata/company title property
Problems related to caravan park/home estate
Problems relating to boarding house
Problems related to nursing home residence (self)
Problems related to nursing home residence (as carer for 3rd party)
Human RightsDiscrimination by a financial organisation
Discrimination by a service supplier
Discrimination by a government body
Discrimination by a private club
Perceived discrimination
Motor VehicleCar accident (property damage)
Injury caused by car accident
Traffic fine leading to loss of licence
Other traffic fine you have tried to challenge
Personal InjuryWork related injury
Other personal injury
Wills andMade/altered a will (or tried to make/alter a will)
EstatesExecutor of deceased estate
Been involved in executing a power of attorney
Been involved in a dispute about a will or estate
Other(uncategorised)

Notes: *These legal events were not included in the original list, but arose as ‘other’ events and were later classified. They have now been added to the survey instrument.

Table A5: Variable definitions for logistic regression analysis

VariableValuesDescription
Event typeBusinessSee Appendix A Table A4 for
Consumerbreakdown of individual legal
Credit and Debtevent types
Criminal
Domestic Violence
Detention
Education
Employment
Family
Government
Health
Housing
Human Rights
Motor Vehicle
Personal Injury
Wills and Estates
How HandledSought HelpSought help = yes
Dealt with themselvesSought help = no and
Dealt with self = yes
Did nothingSought help = no and
Dealt with self = no
ResolvedResolvedEvent resolved
Not resolvedEvent not resolved or
Event in the process of resolution
SatisfactionSatisfiedParticipant satisfied with outcome
Not satisfiedParticipant dissatisfied with
outcome or
Participant neither satisfied nor
dissatisfied with outcome



  


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