General population legal needs surveys provide the most complete picture of legal need in the community, as not everyone who experiences a legal problem has contact with the justice system.

Legal needs surveys can provide:

Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey)

The Foundation’s Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey) published in 2012 provided the first comprehensive quantitative assessment across Australia of an extensive range of legal needs on a representative sample of the population. It examined the nature of legal problems, the pathways to their resolution, and the demographic groups that struggle with the weight of their legal problems.

Publications based on the LAW Survey

Employment-related problems and inquiries to legal assistance services in NSW (Data insights in justice)

Understanding the characteristics of people who experience employment-related legal problems, such as their age, gender and Indigenous status, is important when planning legal assistance services. The LAW Survey and the…

NSW Legal Need in Disadvantaged Areas: Older Legal Needs Surveys

Legal Needs Survey Resources