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Ch 2. Demographic characteristics of service users

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Source of income

This section provides data on the source of income of service users, including whether they receive an income, whether they are on government benefits and whether they are in paid employment.

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

The categories used by these organisations were mapped to Law and Justice Foundation categories as outlined in Table 45.

Table 45:  Source of income categories
Law and Justice FoundationLegal Aid NSW Community Legal Centres
No incomeNo incomeNo income
Government benefitsAllowancesCommunity Development Employment Program
PensionsOther government benefits
VeteransStudent allowance
Social Security_
Paid employmentEarned incomeEmployed full Time
Full time_Employed part Time
Part time_Self-employed
Self-employed/Temporary_Employed temporarily

As noted in the method section, it was not possible to calculate ICs for source of income due to differences between the categories used by the services and the NSW Census.

For more information

Harding, Ann, Rachel Lloyd and Harry Greenwell, Financial Disadvantage in Australia 1999-2000, The Smith Family/NATSEM, Sydney, 2001.


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