Australian Bureau of Statistics
Usage of Legal Services, NSW
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This survey collected information on the current usage and need for legal services in NSW. The survey covers 11 specific types of legal matters. For each of these matters, data is provided on whether legal advice was sought and the sources of that advice as well as reasons for not seeking legal advice.
The aim of this survey is :
Scope: NSW civilian population aged 15 and over (in private dwellings only).
Coverage: Standard Labour Force Survey coverage rules. The following are exclusions on coverage for the Labour Force Survey:
Publication : Usage of Legal Services, New South Wales (ABS Cat No. 4510.1).
Standard Classifications were used for Labour Force variables, ie:
Sex - male, female
Region - Formed by aggregation of standard statistical divisions. Minimum level in publication - Sydney, Balance of NSW
Age - Formed by aggregation of standard 5 year age groupings. Minimum level in publication - 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+
Labour Force Status - Employed, Unemployed, Not in the labour force
Marital Status - Married, Not married
Gross Income (annual) - Up to $20,000, $20,001 and over, Don't know
Educational attainment - Bachelor degree or higher, Trade qualification, Certificate or diploma, Secondary school education, Other
Language spoken at home - English only, Italian, Greek, Arabic/Lebanese, Chinese, Spanish, Other
Type of legal matter - Accident, Custody etc dispute, Landlord dispute, Loan dispute, Insurance dispute, Government dispute, Damage, Discrimination, Made will, Bought house, Sold house
Reasons did not seek legal advice - Not considered a legal matter, Did not need legal advice, Legal advice too costly, Did not think case could be won, Other
Main source of legal advice - Private solicitor or lawyer, Legal Aid, Community legal centre, Public Trustee etc, Legal friend or relative, Do-it-yourself kit, Other
Other concepts (summary)
'Legal matters': This includes eleven selected events which may involve legal advice, i.e.
New South Wales
Major Statistical Region
Part of State Metropolitan
Part of State Extra-Metropolitan
Comments and/or Other Regions
10/1990 - Data collected as a NSW state supplementary survey. This collection has been run once only and there are currently no plans for a repeat survey.
Data availability comments
Data is available in the publication Usage of Legal Services, New South Wales (ABS Cat No. 4510.1). Customised data services are available to clients on request.
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This page last updated 7 August 2012