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SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
For the purposes of the Legal Services, Australia publication, legal services have been categorised into the following sub-industries:
At the end of June 2008, there were 99,696 persons employed across legal services. Other legal services accounted for 85.2% (84,921 persons) of total employment, followed by barristers which accounted for 5.2% (5,154 persons) of total employment and legal aid commissions 2.6% (2,597 persons). SOURCES OF INCOME
During the 2007-08 financial year, legal services businesses and organisations generated income of $18 billion. Legal and legal support services was the primary source of income for legal services businesses and organisations accounting for 90.9% (or $16.4b), followed by government funding 6% (or $1.1b).
Other legal services accounted for 84.4% (or $15.2b) of total income generated by legal services businesses/organisations, followed by barristers 7.8% (or $1.4b) and legal aid commissions 3.1% (or $0.6b). The graph below shows that barristers generated income of $271,300 per person employed, followed by legal aid commissions, which generated income of $212,700 per person employed.
Income per person employed
The reader should bear in mind that this survey was not designed to support accurate estimates of change over time. Due to changes in the frame, scope and statistical unit, users should exercise caution when comparing the 2007-08 results to the 2001-02 results, and previous iterations of this survey. For further information, refer to the Technical Note on historical comparisons.
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