Where legal problems arise, legal advice is not commonly sought and many Australians attempt to resolve legal problems alone or without quality legal support.
Some of the key findings of the survey include:
- Half of all respondents experienced a legal problem in the last 12 months, with 22 per cent experiencing three or more legal problems;
- The most common legal problems included consumer affairs (21%), crime (14%), housing (12%) and government (11%);
- People with a disability and single parents were twice as likely to experience legal problems;
- Indigenous people were more likely to experience multiple legal problems including government, health and rights related problems.
The Commonwealth is currently reviewing legal assistance services they provide through an independent review process. Details can be found on the Attorney-General’s website, http://www.ag.gov.au.
DAVID CARTER is a PhD candidate in law at the University of Technology Sydney.