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Cameron Review implementation

The Foundation released Evidence of legal need in NSW to support the Cameron Review implementation on 21 September 2018. Following feedback from the sector, the Foundation made some revisions to the text in the report on 17 October 2018.

The report seeks to provide evidence of legal need in New South Wales to assist the implementation of the Cameron Review in 2018. The evidence in this report builds on over 20 years of legal needs research undertaken by the Foundation and others internationally.

Need help?
For assistance with using the information in this report, please email

Report structure
The report is organised into two sections:
  • Section 1 provides data on priority groups, as well as information on the experience of legal problems and multiple disadvantage. Strategies for making services more appropriate and accessible for each priority group are identified. The Foundation’s new Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) community legal centre indicator is introduced. This indicator provides a count of people likely to need legal assistance from a community legal centre if they were to experience a legal problem and can be used to compare potential demand across geographic areas.
  • Section 2 provides data by 22 catchment regions. There are 18 catchment regions that are covered by a NSW generalist CLC and 4 regions that are not being covered by a generalist CLC. This section includes information on the location of other legal assistance services in each catchment region, as well as data on the priority groups to provide a profile of the catchment region.

Media release
Legal needs data to assist CLC funding applications

Where can I get more information about the new funding application process?
The application process is being managed by Legal Aid NSW. Information from Legal Aid NSW is available here

Information for CLCs from Community Legal Centres NSW about the Cameron Review implementation is available
The Foundation will be presenting at the Application Information sessions on Tuesday 23 October and Monday 29 October.

We are proud to be working with the Department of Justice NSW, Legal Aid NSW and Community Legal Centres NSW to support the implementation of the Cameron Review and we thank them for their contribution to this report.