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Ch 2. Demographic characteristics of service users

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This section includes an analysis of the age of service users and the nature of their legal inquiries.

Services with relevant data are the Legal Aid NSW Advice Service, the Legal Aid NSW Duty Solicitor Service, Law Access NSW and NSW Community Legal Centres.

For Legal Aid NSW and LawAccess NSW, age was mapped to the Law and Justice Foundation categories. NSW Community Legal Centre age data were provided in a slightly different grouping. (See Table 22).

Table 22:  Law and Justice Foundation and NSW Community Legal Centre categories for age
Law and Justice Foundation categoriesNSW Community Legal Centre categories
0 to 14
15 to 170 to 17
18 to 2418 to 20
25 to 3421 to 30
35 to 4431 to 40
45 to 5441 to 50
55 to 6451 to 65
65 to 7466 and over
75 and over

For more information

Australian Bureau of Statistics, New South Wales' Young People, Catalogue No. 4123.1, ABS, Canberra, 1998.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Older People, New South Wales, Catalogue No. 4108.1, ABS, Canberra, 2000.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Older Australians at a Glance, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, 1999.
O'Connor, Ian and Clare Tilbury, Legal Aid Needs of Youth, Legal Aid Branch, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, Canberra, 1986.
Bareja, Michael and Kate Charlton, Statistics on Juvenile Detention in Australia: 1981-2002, Australian Institute of Criminology Technical and Background Paper Series No. 5, 2003, <>.


Scott, S, Eyland, A , Gray, A, Zhou, A & Coumarelos, C 2004, Data digest, a compendium of services usage data from NSW legal assistance and dispute resolution services 1999-2002, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney, 2004