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Contents >> Community Legal Services Information System (CLSIS) Community Legal Centres Program, Australia

COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES INFORMATION SYSTEM (CLSIS) COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRES PROGRAM, AUSTRALIA


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
Other
More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
Less than 5 yearly
Once only
Ad hoc
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
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

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

Facsimile: n/a

Email: n/a

Internet: http://www.ag.gov.au/


Publications

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.

Purpose

CLSIS records information about client access to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and Community Legal Services (CLS).

Description

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.

Collection Type

Administrative by-product

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Victim1
Secondary
victim2
Offender1 2
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
Education
Income

Source;
Scale groups
Geography
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other







Service provided to client (information, advice, case work, community education)
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness


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
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued
offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other


















Other personal data items

English proficiency;
Family type;
Homelessness;
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)
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.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other




Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency






Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved
Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other


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.

Aspects of FDV included in the data are:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological /emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Social abuse
  • Property damage
  • Harassment and stalking

Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

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.

Coverage

n/a

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National. Address is collected at local level but de-identified at central upload level.

Data available for:
Australia
State/Territory (all)
City/Region – by postcode, but can combine on request
Location of service provider – by postcode

Frequency / Timing

Updated monthly
Ad hoc – external reports are produced on request only, subject to any data protocol restrictions.

Collection history

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.

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