Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

What we do

The ALS is a proud Aboriginal organisation. We opened our doors in 1970 in Redfern as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia – that makes us over 40 years old.

  • We're a non-government Aboriginal community organisation and a public benelovant institution.
  • We provide free and means-tested legal services to Aboriginal men, women and children in NSW and ACT.
  • We represent people in Criminal law, Family law and Children’s Care and Protection law matters.
  • Our  Field Officers work with our lawyers to assist Aboriginal people, and their families and communities, in and outside the courtroom.


What else does ALS do?

We make films, newsletters and educational resources. We talk to people about their legal rights and responsibilities, particularly young people. Our administration staff are very experienced in information and referral and know their communities. If they can’t assist someone needing help, they can usually find another service provider who can. Our Custody Notification Service provides early legal advice for Aboriginal people taken into Police custody. We’re constantly advocating for Aboriginal people’s rights to justice to Government and service providers. We have 23 offices and 180 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT working towards achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the community.