A proud Aboriginal community organisation
The ALS is a proud Aboriginal community organisation. We opened our doors in 1970 in Redfern as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia – that makes us over 40 years old! The ALS does legal work in Criminal law, children’s Care and Protection law and Family law. We assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services.
The ALS Board of Directors is a body of members who jointly oversee the activities of the ALS Company. There are fourteen members of the ALS Board of Directors, twelve Directors have voting power and are elected by Company Members (four Directors from each Region), and up to two Honorary Directors have no voting power and who are appointed by the Board..
ALS is fortunate to secure services of 200 valuable staff – almost 44% of whom are Aboriginal. We employ 91 solicitors, 26 field officers and 83 admin officers in 24 offices and branches across New South Wales and the ACT. In addition, we provide practical training to an ever growing number of our student volunteers and interns in return for their important assistance to our lawyers and admin officers. They come to us through our traditional feeder Universities as a component of their professional legal training (PLT), the Aurora project, and other channels. Many of our volunteers/interns end up working for ALS.