Discover how people understand and engage with the law

The Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) is ground-breaking research to understand legal capability, attitudes, and experience of the law in Victoria.
PULS Volume 2 now available

PULS Publications

Explore our range of publications interrogating the Public Understanding of Law (PULS) data

Understanding and Capability

The Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) Volume 2 explores Victorians’ levels of legal capability: the knowledge, skills, attributes and resources that are required to effectively understand and use the law to achieve fair outcomes.

Everyday problems and Legal Need

This first volume updates the broad picture of access to justice and legal need, explores how justiciable problems are experienced, what people do about them, and how they progress and conclude (if they conclude).

Understanding PULS

Learn more about the background of the PULS along with the intent, purpose and value of the project.

Everyday Law Stories

Victorians share their experience of everyday legal problems, the impact on their lives, the help that was available and if the issue was resolved


When her husband passed away, Debbie was left with a large debt to pay back. Managing debt is a common everyday legal problem. Debbie shares how with local legal assistance, she was able to reduce the amount owed and resolve the issue.


While supporting her daughter through a liver transplant, Monique was unable to vote and received a fine. Managing fines is a common everyday legal problem. Unable to pay the fine, Monique shares how she resolved this issue with local legal assistance.

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