Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

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Is child protection talking to you?
Phone 1800 733 233  


Separating from your partner? Worried about children?
Phone 1800 733 233


In trouble with Police?
Phone 1800 765 767


Want to work off your fines?
Phone 1300 478 879 

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ALS is an Aboriginal community organisation giving information and referral, and legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children across NSW and ACT. 

We work in Criminal law, Children's Care and Protection law and Family law, and we provide information and referral for Civil law. We also assist with Work and Development Orders and Custody Notification.

We have 23 offices and 187 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT determined to get justice for Aboriginal people and the community.










Decision day for William Bugmy

William bugmy

The decision in the case of The Queen v William Bugmy in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) is being handed down tomorrow Friday 19 December 2014 at 10.00am in Sydney. read more

Christmas message and office closure

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ALS offices will close 5pm Friday 19 December 2014 and will re-open Monday 5 January 2015. During this period the Custody Notification Service (CNS) will be running, together with bail courts and administrative support. read more

Key reforms being kick-started in Bourke

Jr in bourke withombudman and judge johnston nov 14

To the tune of “One night in Bangkok”, there’s a saying amongst criminal lawyers which goes ‘one night in juvi means a life in prison.’ And the evidence bears this out. A young person who has been in juvenile detention is over 50 per cent more likely to read more

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