Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

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ALS and Grandmothers call for review of child removal on National Sorry Day

26 May 2016

Gary Oliver, CEO of Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) is calling for an Aboriginal controlled independent body to review all cases of Aboriginal children in out of home care in NSW. Around one-third of children in out-of-home care are Aboriginal, with nu read more

Going to court? Tips for getting a good outcome

24 May 2016

If you have a court date, you must go to court. We've produced a brochure with tips on what a person needs to do before their court date. read more

Funding cuts hurts our kids

04 May 2016

Funding for Aboriginal legal services around the country is being reduced by nearly six percent, as illustrated in today’s Federal government May Budget 2016-2017. read more

After 35 years, Rayna is leaving the ALS

03 May 2016

ALS is marking the successful career of Ms Rayna Pettet, a senior solicitor with Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) who is due to leave the Service after some 35 years working in the Cowra/Bathurst region, with an afternoon tea at Cowra Court House on Thu read more

Your point of contact for the Royal Commission

02 May 2016

My name is Audrey Walker and I have recently been selected as the new Community Education Officer here at ALS. I am a Gumbaynggirr woman from a small town called Bowraville on the mid-north coast of NSW and have lived in Sydney for the last three years. read more

Magistrate visits local community

29 Apr 2016

Local Court Magistrate Robyn Denes was taken on an ALS field trip to the semi remote Aboriginal communities of Baryulgil Square and Malabugilmah in February this year to build understanding of local community issues. read more

Why volunteer at the ALS? John Song speaks

28 Apr 2016

Despite their severe shortage of funds, the ALS is committed to provide a high-quality legal service to some of the most oppressed and marginalised people of society. For these strong values of justice and compassion, I was drawn to volunteer at the ALS. read more

Intersection between police, arrest, jail and Indigenous people continues 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

14 Apr 2016

“The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was set up very hastily… We ended up being set up to investigate the wrong question… The question we were set to investigate was really, were police and prison officers killing Aboriginals, and the r read more

Close the Gap day Tweed Heads

20 Mar 2016

ALS Lismore staff participated in a Closing the Gap day for the local community.All the organisations came together and had stalls with lots of information about the services they provided. read more

As CNS demand increases, funding assured

17 Mar 2016

As arrest rates increase in NSW, our custody notification service (CNS) is under high demand and so we are very appreciative of the ongoing funding arrangement as announced by the Federal government this morning. read more