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Foundation Review
August 2021

The Foundation has decided to review its strategies and the operations it employs to achieve its statutory Objects. The independent review will be undertaken during the remainder of 2021. It is anticipated that the review will provide valuable insights into the future priorities and operations of the Foundation. Ross Beaton, the Director of Insight Consulting, will be leading the review.

Planning Tools for Legal Assistance Services

Estimating Legal Needs for legal assistance planning
June 2021

Estimating legal needs is an essential part of service planning, and also a requirement under the NLAP. This new video by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW describes key points to consider when estimating legal needs in your jurisdiction or region.

Watch the video >

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 >

Criminal Finalisations Dashboard
July 2021 | Using criminal courts data to inform service planning

The Criminal Finalisations Dashboard is an interactive dashboard to facilitate interrogation and analysis of court data to support service planning at state and local level across NSW.

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

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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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Coroners Courts - A review of the research literature on improving court experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families
July 2021 | This report provides a sound base for reviewing culturally sensitive processes and practices within the coronial system, particularly for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Coroners courts in many jurisdictions throughout Australia are seeking ways to ensure their processes and practices are culturally sensitive, particularly for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands families. This report provides a sound base for reviewing culturally sensitive practices within the coronial system. It does this by describing variations in service provision across Australian jurisdictions to characterize current practices, and by analysing key literature to guide discussion and further services development.

Download the report >

Criminal Finalisations background research papers
July 2021 | Using criminal courts data to inform service planning

Locating legal assistance demand: using courts data to support legal service planning for First Nations people in NSW. This report presents an analysis of criminal finalisations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants by court locations in NSW over a five-year period, from 2012 to 2016. Access the report >

Using court data to support planning legal assistance for First Nations people. This report is a feasibility study to explore the possibility to expand the model designed for NSW to the national level. It includes an assessment of data availability across all jurisdictions in 2018, and an analysis of Queensland Courts statistics over the period 2013-14 to 2017-18. Access the report >

Law informed: The value of telephone legal information services to clients
December 2020

Do telephone legal information services fill a valuable place in the legal assistance landscape? Under its Research Alliance with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW followed up clients of VLA’s Legal Help over three months after their initial telephone call. Legal Help’s information and referral service is available to anyone in the Victorian community and is the main gateway for legal assistance to the general public and the entry point for legal triage to more intensive service providers. The research assessed the value of information services based on the following criteria: reach to the community, accessibility to clients, appropriateness of services provided, client experience, actions promoted and client outcomes. Download the report >

Access to justice and the COVID-19 pandemic
September 2020

Co-published by the OECD and the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, 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. It discusses nine key lessons, from research and practices across the globe that justice systems can draw on to develop stronger people-centred practices and contribute to an inclusive economic recovery.
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Quantifying the legal and broader life impacts of domestic and family violence
June 2019

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

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