COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES INFORMATION SYSTEM (CLSIS) COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRES PROGRAM, AUSTRALIA
 May be subject to release conditions
|Geographic Coverage||Frequency||Data Availability|
| National |
New South Wales
| More than annual|
Less than 5 yearly
| Detailed publication / report publicly available|
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be made available on request1
Not publicly available
Data custodian: Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department
Contact: Indigenous and Community Legal Services Branch
Address: 3–5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
Telephone: 02 6141 6666
Not routinely published, however, a range of reports are available upon request to the Department with some restrictions around organisation-specific or worker-specific reports.
CLSIS records information about client access to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and Community Legal Services (CLS).
CLSIS captures demographic information about clients accessing community legal services and family violence prevention legal services as well as what assistance the client received and the type of legal problem that the client had.
CLSIS also captures data about the number of law reform and legal policy activities undertaken by community legal centres. CLSIS captures information about public interest test cases, numbers of cases open, opened and closed during a particular period. CLSIS also includes a domestic violence indicator. Currently, data are only published in relation to Community Legal Services programs.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
1 Data relates to Community Legal Services client. The client may be the victim or offender or and it is not possible to identify whether a client is a victim or offender.
2 The ‘other party’ may be a child of the victim or the offender. Only name and contact details are recorded for ‘other parties’.
3 This data item is available for FVPLS only.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and Domestic Violence is defined by relevant legislation in the state or territory in which each Community Legal Service or Family Violence Prevention Legal Services operates.
Operationally, a Family/Domestic Violence flag is used in CLSIS to indicate whether domestic violence is an issue in advices and casework. Family/Domestic Violence is also a problem type.
|Country of Birth|
|Personal data item|
|Services used / referrals to services|
Service provided to client (information, advice, case work, community education)
alcohol use / substance use
|FDV-related perceptions |
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
|Prior history of victimisation / offending|
Identifies a repeat client but not whether the problem is the same as previous
application for violence order
violence order issued
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
|Other personal data items|
Whether client perceives FDV to be an issue in their case;
Law type (civil, family, criminal);
Problem type (family/domestic violence, child support, divorce, property, child protection, tenancy, credit / debt, consumer complaints, offences against persons)
Aspects of FDV included in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
All CLSIS data is de-identified. CLSIS is provided to Community Legal Service Program and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services funding recipients. These recipients (Legal Service providers) enter data directly, the de-identified data are then made available to the funding bodies.
Scope / target population
All clients accessing services provided by the FVPLS and CLS including victims and offenders.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
National. Address is collected at local level but de-identified at central upload level.
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological /emotional abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Economic abuse
- Social abuse
- Property damage
- Harassment and stalking
Data available for:
City/Region – by postcode, but can combine on request
Location of service provider – by postcode
Frequency / Timing
Ad hoc – external reports are produced on request only, subject to any data protocol restrictions.
Collection commenced: 1 July 2004 for CLCs and from 1 July 2010 for FVPLS services.
Breaks in series: no
Other details: It has been recommended that services enter past cases to ensure a complete client data base.
Data availability / Dissemination
Access to data may be provided free upon request. Access to some data may be restricted in accordance with data protocols.
Other data sources held by this agency
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (IRIS).
Family violence and family law in Australia; the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006.
Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 Family Law Reforms: Report to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.