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National Legal Assistance Data Standards

The National Legal Assistance Data Standards Manual facilitates the collection of consistent and comparable data across the legal assistance sector.

The manual is not a representation of data required by the Australian Government. The Australian Government only requires a small subset of data for reporting purposes, outlined in funding agreements.

The manual was developed by a Data Standards Working Group, led by the Attorney‑General's Department, with representatives from the legal assistance sector and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The manual is relevant for all Australian, state and territory government funded legal assistance service providers, including legal aid commissions, community legal centres, Indigenous legal assistance providers and family violence prevention legal services.

Achieving common data collection practices is an important long-term goal of the legal assistance sector, state and territory governments and the Australian Government. The Attorney-General's Department will work with the legal assistance sector to assist the transition to best practice standards set out in the manual.

The manual is available below:

Community Legal Assistance Service System (CLASS)

In 2015 the Attorney-General's Department provided funding to the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) to develop and implement a data collection, reporting and case management system suited to the needs of the community legal sector.

This system is called the 'Community Legal Assistance Services System' (CLASS), and replaces the 'Community Legal Services Information System' (CLSIS) which was decommissioned by the Attorney-General's Department on 30 June 2017.  

The data items used in CLASS align with the data definitions set out in the National Legal Assistance Data Standards Manual.

Help desk

NACLC is responsible for the maintenance of CLASS. To report a problem or make a suggestion about the CLASS application, contact CLASS Help Desk, Training and Support on 1300 484 498 or email naclc@classhelp.org.au.