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Updating the Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) indicators with the 2016 Census data

Catriona Mirrlees-Black and Sarah Randell, December 2018

In 2015 the Foundation developed the Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) indicators to support the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services. These indicators provide a census-based measure of the geographic distribution of potential demand for legal assistance services, provided by organisations such as legal aid commissions and community legal centres, to help target resources at those people who are most in need of services.
This paper describes how the Foundation updated and expanded the NLAS indicators following the release of the 2016 Census data in March 2018. Two new indicators have been introduced: NLAS(65+) and NLAS($52K).

Download paper
 – Locating demand: updating the Need for Legal Assistance Services indicators: 2016 Census data, Justice issues paper 28 [PDF]

Related publication
Need for legal assistance services: developing a measure for Australia, Justice issues paper 26, June 2017 [PDF]
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