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Ch 2. Demographic characteristics of service users



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Region of residence


This section looks at the distribution of inquiries across New South Wales.

Services with relevant data are the Legal Aid NSW Information/Advice Service, the Legal Aid NSW Duty Solicitor Service, LawAccess NSW, NSW Community Legal Centres and the Chamber Magistrate Service.

The residential postcodes of inquirers were grouped into regions according to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).25 Statistical Divisions were used to define regions outside Sydney and Statistical Subdivisions were used to define regions within the Sydney Statistical Division as shown in Figure 37. Inquiries from outside New South Wales were excluded, as were inquiries with non-residential postcodes. See Appendix 3 for more details.

Figure 37:  Australian Bureau of Statistics regions

The number of inquiries for each region was adjusted to reflect differences in population size based on the 2001 Census.26 Results are presented as rates per 1000 population per annum and as indices of concentration (ICs) (ratio of percentage of inquiries to percentage of population within region).

For more information

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional Statistics NSW, Catalogue No. 1362.1, ABS, 2002.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Sydney – a Social Atlas: 2001 Census of Population and Housing, Catalogue No. 2030.1, ABS, 2002.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, New South Wales Recorded Crime Statistics by Area, 1998-2002, 2003, <http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/bocsar1.nsf/pages/lga_home>.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Localities Index, Australia: Localities & Streets Indexes and Explanatory Notes for ASGC, Catalogue No. 1252.0, 2002, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census Basic Community Profile and Snapshot: New South Wales, 2001, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.

25  Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Localities Index, Australia: Localities & Streets Indexes and Explanatory Notes for ASGC, Catalogue No. 1252.0, 2002, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.
26  Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census Basic Community Profile and Snapshot: New South Wales, 2001, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.


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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