State of the Sector 2022–23 survey report: A sector in crisis

State of the Sector is a periodic survey conducted by Community Legal Centres Australia to collect data from across the community legal sector about the successes and challenges faced by community legal centres, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (‘centres’) and the changing landscape within which they operate.

Survey responses covering the 2022–23 year were collected from 117 centres between October 2023 and February 2024.

The report on the survey, A sector in crisis, was launched at Parliament House Canberra by Commonwealth Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus KC MP on Monday 25 March 2024.

The report paints a vivid picture of a sector in crisis and identifies the key drivers of this crisis. Centres are struggling to respond to increasing demand for their services because funding has failed to keep pace with demand. Inadequate funding and staff shortages mean reduced capacity to deliver much-needed services. This results in a chronic cycle of increased demand, higher numbers of people turned away, mounting unmet need and staff burnout and turnover. The problems are particularly acute in regional and remote areas. Ultimately, people and communities bear the harm this cycle causes.

Survey report

A sector in crisis is the report on the 2022–23 State of the Sector survey, published in March 2024.

Survey report snapshot

Survey report snapshot: A sector in crisis provides a two-page overview of the findings of the full survey report, highlighting the major themes that emerged.

Survey questionnaire

The State of the Sector survey presented respondents with an extensive list of questions about the organisation of their centre, the services they provided, the level of demand for services and the challenges of running a centre.