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.
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Recent publications

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

Young people’s experience of legal problems

Targeted and tailored engagement is necessary to increase awareness of young people's everyday justiciable problems and available legal help.
In Brief

Young people, employment and legal need

For young people, links between employment problems and mental health are particularly strong, with psychological distress a common consequence.
Short paper

Mental distress and experience of legal problems

This briefing paper presents data from the Public Understanding of Law Survey (PULS) concerning experience of justiciable problems and mental distress.
In Brief

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


Ray experienced bill shock after some home maintenance and is struggling with the issue due to financial hardship. Managing unexpected bills is a common everyday legal problem. Ray shares how he may have to get a loan to pay for the increased expense.


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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