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Annual Report
December 2023

The Foundation has published its Annual Report for the year 2022/2023. Click here to access the report.

Foundation Dashboards

Legal Needs Dashboard – Community Profiles
November 2023

A tool to explore data in relation to those in the community who are most vulnerable to the experience, or the impact, of legal problems.

Use this resource to compile a profile for a geographic area, and analyse the relative distribution of specific community groups to inform an assessment of potential legal needs.

Access the dashboard >

This dashboard replaces our 2021 National Legal Needs dashboard with more recent data, a streamlined interface, and improved overall performance.

Data spreadsheet

Community groups - 2021 Census Data Update
December 2022

A new resource providing easy access to the most recent available data on community groups relevant to the sector, including NLAP priority client groups.
Based on ABS 2021 Census data.

Download Excel spreadsheet here >

Key points to consider

Short video – Key points to consider when estimating legal needs for planning purposes
June 2021

What data sources can be used to assess the extent and nature of legal needs? What does service data say or doesn’t say about the legal needs of your community? What are the Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) indicators?
This short video takes you through some important points to consider before taking the next steps in doing a legal needs assessment for your service planning strategy.

Watch the video >

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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.

We assist the legal and justice sector by providing empirical research evidence, analytical advice and comprehensive data tools to support planning and service delivery.

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March 2023 | The Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the ACCESS TO JUSTICE Research Hub. The Research Hub supports evidence-based and people-centred service provision in the justice and legal assistance sector.

Information, webinars, downloadable resources and interactive tools cover a range of topics along with links to Foundation and other relevant research. It is designed to make finding information and resources easy for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers within the justice and legal sector.

Visit the site by clicking here.

Data to inform assessment of legal needs in NSW
Update on Vulnerable Community Groups - 2023

September 2023 | Our latest report provides information and data that is useful to consider when conducting a legal needs assessment for New South Wales.

It includes a regional breakdown of population data and indicators of potential need for legal assistance services, and focuses on vulnerable community groups more likely to experience legal problems and/or who may require public legal assistance.
This report is an update to the Foundation’s 2021 report,
An Assessment of Legal Needs in NSW, following the release of more recent data, and in particular, the ABS 2021 Census data.

Download the report >

Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) indicators - 2021 Census Update
Justice Issues Paper 33

March 2023 | The Foundation's NLAS(Capability) and NLAS(Community) indicators have been updated with the most recent (2021) Census data with counts available at various levels of geography.

These counts provide a comparative indicator of the potential demand for not-for-profit legal assistance services across different regions of Australia. This Justice Issues paper outlines the updates that have been made to these two indicators since the previous 2016 Census versions, describes the impact of these updates on the two NLAS counts, reports on the distribution of the counts across NSW, and includes a link to a downloadable spreadsheet for a wide range of geographic areas across all Australian states and territories.

Download the report >

An Analysis of Legal Aid service data: two Jurisdictional Profiles
New South Wales Profile 2018-19
Northern Territory Profile 2020-21

November 2022 | This report presents an analysis of Legal Aid service delivery data in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Service delivery data provides an opportunity to better understand what types of legal assistance services are provided, where, for what legal problems, and to which client profiles. This report explores the potential insights that can be gained from this valuable resource.

In exploring the broader question of whether service delivery data is a suitable source of evidence to guide policy decisions, we reiterate that such data is an important factor, yet only one of many to be considered in the development of planning strategies.

Download the report >

Legal Assistance Services Outcomes Frameworks: A Rapid Scoping Review

July 2022 | This report draws together evidence relevant to framework development, shared outcomes, and sector-wide frameworks and collates information on how outcomes frameworks are currently used within the legal assistance sector nationally and internationally.

The successful use of outcomes frameworks as part of an outcomes-based approach to service design has many benefits by putting people’s needs at the centre of design and delivery. An outcomes-based approach leads to continuous improvement by building evidence about what works and why and drives innovation to achieve even better outcomes. Outcomes frameworks are increasingly being adopted across many and diverse sectors. The information contained in this report may be of value in informing the development of sector-wide outcomes frameworks for legal assistance services in Australia.

Download the report >

The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales does not provide legal advice or referrals. If you need legal information, advice or assistance, please contact LawAccess on 1300 888 529, or visit