Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

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16 Jun 2017



The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) has announced an organisational restructure which will build a stronger, more efficient organisation in order to meet the increasing demands for high quality legal and support services for Aboriginal people in need.

Chairman Bunja Smith said the restructure includes: streamlined, consolidated service delivery; improved pay and conditions for solicitors, field officers and administrative staff; the creation of three regional Community Engagement positions; the relocation of its Taree solicitor and services to its Kempsey office and the reduction of some court and circuit services.

“We need to undertake the restructure in order to remain viable,” Chairman Smith said today.

“Our workloads have increased by over 10% across all of our offices and it’s therefore crucial that we reduce operating costs, reallocate resources to where they are needed and look at improving efficiencies across all of our business units.

“This will help meet the rising demand for ALS services and address the financial challenges we face as a result of unsustainable funding streams.

“We are confident this new direction for the ALS will ensure that our legal and support services are managed professionally and efficiently, with the overall aim of achieving best outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.

“The creation of three Community Engagement positions, replacing existing Regional Managers, will allow us to continue to engage with local Aboriginal communities and provide legal education, policy input and community forums, rather than duplicating management responsibilities as we currently have within the organisation.”

Chairman Smith said the new structure will be introduced incrementally over 12 months, commencing 1 July 2017 with a planned transition to minimise any potential disruption to current operations. The ALS is advising legal and community sector stakeholders of the restructure. 

The ALS office in the ACT will continue under its current arrangements.

ALS media contact: 0411 254 390 

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