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Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program (CLSD)

The CLSD Program comprises twelve justice partnerships in regional and remote NSW. Each partnership works to address unmet legal need and to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in regional, rural and remote NSW.

CLSD Program partnerships are a coalition of legal and non-legal services that include:

  • Community Legal Centres
  • Legal Aid NSW
  • Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services
  • Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services
  • Tenancy advice and advocacy services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Private solicitors
  • Financial counsellors
  • Neighbourhood centres
  • Government agencies such as Centrelink, NSW Police Force, Corrective Services NSW, and Revenue NSW
  • Family support services
  • Settlement services
  • Disability services
  • Health services including mental health and alcohol and drug services
  • Courts
  • Youth services

Map showing locations of CLSD Coordinators

CLSD Program Regional Meetings and contact details for Regional Coordinators

Current CLSD Program regional meeting dates and contact details for regional coordinators

How does the CLSD Program work? How can you get involved?

The CLSD Program Regional Coordinator in each region facilitates local coordination, supports local projects and convenes four regional partnership meetings each year.

Each CLSD Program region has an action plan that sets out local priorities.

The action plan is based on ideas generated by the regional partners and the evidence contained in the CLSD Program Regional Profile that is prepared by the CLSD Program Unit.

The CLSD Program provides funding and other support to regional projects to address unmet legal need.

Projects include:

  • Regular joint service legal advice clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary service hubs that bring together legal and other services, such as financial counsellors and mental health workers
  • Outreach days in remote areas of NSW that bring together legal services, Revenue NSW and other agencies such as the Electricity and Water Ombudsman NSW to address financial disadvantage
  • Wills clinics for Aboriginal people
  • Early referral and intervention for families experiencing domestic and family violence
  • Traffic clinics at local courts.

Contact the Regional Coordinator in your region to find out how you can get involved, or contact the CLSD Program Unit at Legal NSW.

You can sign up to the CLSD Program e-update here.

CLSD Program Regional Profiles

These Profiles are prepared by the CLSD Unit using data from sources such as the ABS, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the Law & Justice Foundation and publicly available government agency data. It also includes localised service survey data and reported legal needs compiled before CLSD planning days.
Some of the content of the Profile includes analysis by the CLSD Unit.

They are a point-in-time and selected snapshot and should be used with this in mind.

The Law and Justice Foundation has updated CLSD Program data packs combining ABS Census 2016 and Data Digest 2016. The data packs include the need for legal assistance indicators (NLAS) for Local Government Areas within each CLSD Program region in table and map formats. The data is useful for planning and coordinating legal assistance and related services.

CLSD Program e-update:

Current edition

Previous editions

Archived versions

Contact the CLSD Program Unit

The CLSD Program unit at Legal Aid NSW provides administrative and strategic support to the regional partnerships.

Kate Halliday, CLSD Program Manager -​​ kate.halliday@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9219 6399

General Mailbox - clsd@legalaid.nsw.gov.au