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Ground-breaking research demonstrates value of legal information services to the community
December 2020

Do telephone legal information services fill a valuable place in the legal assistance landscape? This new report assesses Victoria Legal Aid's Legal Help information/referral service.

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National Pictures of legal assistance services
November 2020

Two reports provide a comprehensive national snapshot of the valuable services provided by two of the main legal assistance services in Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and Community Legal Centres (CLCs)

Download the ATSILS report
Download the CLCs report

Access to Justice and COVID-19
September 2020

Co-published by the OECD and the Foundation, this policy brief focuses on the immediate and medium-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for justice systems and their users, and proposes examples of steps that can be taken during this period to support access to justice.

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The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW is an independent statutory body established to:
  • contribute to the development of a fair and equitable justice system
  • that addresses the legal needs of the community
  • and improves access to justice by the community, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.
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National Legal Needs Dashboard launched
February 2021 | The National Legal Needs Dashboard is an interactive online data tool to assist in identifying potential legal need in the community and help legal assistance services in Australia to be planned according to need.

Access the dashboard >

2018 Collaborative Planning Resource
The 2018 Collaborative Planning Resource (CPR) uses 2016 ABS Census data and includes data on the Need for Legal Assistance Service (NLAS) indicators which provide a count of the distribution of potential need for not-for-profit legal assistance services.
See Collaborative Planning Resource page
Download 2018 CPR flyer | See YouTube video

Designing legal needs surveys
Legal needs surveys are the most reliable way to gain an understanding of the legal needs of the community but design is key to their usefulness. This paper explores the factors that need to be taken into account, such as who should participate? What sort of questions should be asked? What types of problems should be examined? ... read more | Download Justice Issues paper 31

Quantifying the legal and broader life impacts of domestic and family violence
New analysis of the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey reveals that respondents who had experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) reported 20 legal problems on average in the preceding 12 months, compared to only 2 legal problems for the rest of the population. Their legal problems were also more likely to have greater adverse knock-on effects on their physical and mental health, housing and income ... read more
Download Justice Issues paper 32 | See media release
See infographic | See information sheet

Triage principles in legal assistance
Triage provides a means for prioritising clients and matching them appropriately with available legal assistance services. Our report features a matrix that maps triage practice by type of entry point into the legal service. The report was developed to support Legal Aid NSW undertake a review of their client intake and triage processes ... read more | Download report

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