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Innocent person not guilty as charged

23 Feb 2017

I was sitting in the back of the courtroom on a Local Court hearing day when I got a tap on the shoulder from our local Aboriginal Client and Community Support Officer. He told me there was an Aboriginal person called Chance who needed to speak to an ALS read more

ALS now managing body for tenancy advice services in Sydney and Dubbo

03 Feb 2017

ALS is the managing body for the ‘Western Aboriginal Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service’ in Dubbo and the ‘Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenancy Service’ in Redfern to provide advice and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renters. read more

Escaped 14 years inside with a good behaviour bond - result of good legal work

02 Feb 2017

Despite having a difficult childhood Matt aged 19 had never been to court. That changed one afternoon after Matt and his mate took the drug ice. read more

Bourke free legal help with fines, bills and money worries

31 Jan 2017

On 2 February 2017 ALS and Legal Aid will be at Maranguka Community Hub to give free legal help to members of the community with fines, bills or other money worries. read more

Share your story with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

27 Jan 2017

I have recently been appointed as the ALS Community Education Officer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I will be finding ways to meet the needs of Aboriginal people with this sensitive topic, including referral read more

Brewarrina free legal help with fines, bills and money worries

27 Jan 2017

On 31 January 2017 ALS and Legal Aid will be in Brewarrina to assist members of the community with any fines, bills or other money worries. read more

Billie tripped and dropped yarndi but made it home for Christmas

25 Jan 2017

Young Billie* with an intellectual disability was found guilt of an indecent assault on a person under the age of 16 years. He was sentenced to a 12 months suspended control order. Control orders are like a term of imprisonment, but you don’t go to read more

New submissions addressing Federal and State government and Commission inquiries

25 Jan 2017

ALS continues to undertake a range of work under the Policy portfolio, including making submissions to the State and Federal governments, as well as Royal Commissions, inquiries, and Law Reform Commissions. read more

Examining Aboriginal participation in child protection decision making

25 Jan 2017

ALS is partnering with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Faculty of Law to examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in child protection decision making in NSW. read more

Lollypop break-in case dismissed

23 Dec 2016

A half-chewed lollypop left at school was the only evidence police found to convict 12 year old Kaya* of break, enter and larceny. Kaya had not been to local primary school for some years when it was alleged he broke in and stole an iPad and read more