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Ch 2. Demographic characteristics of service users

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Country of birth

This section covers the country of birth of service users and the nature of the legal matters about which they inquire.

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

Country of birth was mapped to Law and Justice Foundation categories (see Table 32). These categories are based on geographic regions used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics,21 modified so that English-speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom/Ireland and North America) are presented separately to non-English speaking countries. Some of the Australian Bureau of Statistics categories have been conflated, e.g. North-west, Southern and Eastern Europe are combined into Europe; and some have been further divided, e.g. Oceania has been divided into Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Table 32:  Law and Justice Foundation groupings for country of birth of inquirers
English speakingAustralia
New Zealand
United Kingdom/Ireland
North America
Non-English speakingPacific Islands
Middle East/North Africa
Africa (excluding North Africa)
South/Central America

For more information

Duignan, Jonathon and Staden, Frances, Free and Independent Immigration Advice: an Analysis of Data Collected by the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre July 1990-November 1992, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1995.

Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Website Evaluation and Needs Analysis, 2002, <>.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Publications and Statistics by Subject—Ethnicity, <>.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Standard Classification Of Cultural and Ethnic Groups, Catalogue No. 1249.0, <>.

21  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Standard Classification Of Cultural and Ethnic Groups, Catalogue No. 1249.0, <>.

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