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National legal assistance data

Under the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 (NLAP), Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services must collect and report legal assistance data.

This data provides a greater understanding of the delivery of legal assistance services and supports frontline service delivery.

National Legal Assistance Data Standards Manual

Data is collected in accordance with the National Legal Assistance Data Standards Manual across the legal assistance sector. This is the second version of the manual, which came into effect on 23 September 2020.

In consultation with state and territory governments and the legal assistance sector, we have started revising the manual to align with the NLAP data requirements. We expect to release a new version of the manual in early 2021.

Legal assistance services data project

Under the NLAP, the Australian Government will have access to unit level data for legal assistance services for the first time. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will collect and store this data.

This collection of consistent and comparable legal assistance service data will form the basis of a national evidence base. This will enable us to analyse and gain meaningful insight into the delivery of frontline legal assistance services.