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PRO BONO WORK AND LEGAL AID
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 with the 2001-02 results, and previous iterations of this survey.
The definition of pro bono work was refined for the 2007-08 survey to make it clearer to respondents what pro bono activity the survey wanted to measure. For this survey, pro bono legal work was defined as the provision of legal advice, representation or services by legally qualified staff, either free of charge or at a substantially reduced rate. For the purposes of the ABS survey, pro bono activity did not include work undertaken on behalf of, or remunerated by legal aid commissions or other government departments.
Further information on historical comparisons can be found in the Technical Note on historical comparisons.
The collection of pro bono and legal aid data is subject to non-sampling error, as barristers and other legal services businesses generally did not maintain accurate records of pro bono work and legal aid. Users are therefore advised to exercise caution when using these figures.
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