Homelessness and Legal Needs: A South Australia and Western Australia Case Study

Adelaide Law Review, 29 2: 359-380

Posted: 18 Jun 2015

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Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

It is well-documented that people experiencing homelessness are often forced to interact with the legal system. This paper reports the results of a study aimed at investigating which legal issues impact most upon people experiencing homelessness in South Australia and Western Australia. A total of 159 homelessness service providers were surveyed across the two States. The three legal issues found to impact most on people experiencing homelessness were the same in South Australia and Western Australia; they were debt, fines and domestic violence. In both jurisdictions, social security law difficulties, child protection intervention and the regulation of behaviour in public places were within the top ten legal issues identified as significant. The results have important implications for policy responses to homelessness and the delivery of legal services to homeless individuals.

JEL Classification: k00

Suggested Citation

Walsh, Tamara and Douglas, Heather, Homelessness and Legal Needs: A South Australia and Western Australia Case Study (2008). Adelaide Law Review, 29 2: 359-380. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620104

Tamara Walsh (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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