Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Stop the cuts and save the ALS


NEWSFLASH - Core funding for frontline legal services has been reinstored.

Legal aid funding assured to support the most vulunerable in our community Federal government media release 26 March 2015






Learn more about the cuts


Infographic - Cost of legal assistance funding cuts


Our outcomes and successes


Funding cuts explainer


Why the funding cuts should be stopped




ALS Annual Report 2013-2014 


Petition Long Version 






ALS in the media


OPEN LETTER TO THE PRME MINISTER - Cuts to legal services will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.

NATSILS 25 March 2015


CCTV footage of violent arrest questions police training and exactly what happened to a young girl - WATCH

ABC Latelline 24 March 2015




Sydney mother to take legal action against NSW Police for daughter Melissa Dunn's wrongful arrest

ABC News 24 March 2015


Indigenous legal services face cuts - WATCH

ABC Lateline 23 March 2015




Aboriginal legal services warn clients will face court unrepresented if funding cuts go ahead

ABC 23 March 2015


Lawyers call for legal service cuts to be reversed

NIRS 17 March 2015


Indigenous Legal Services Already Feeling the Imminent Funding Cuts

Vice 17 March 2015


Petition to Save Indigenous Legal Services

Pro Bono News 17 March 2015




Timeline for legal assistance reforms ‘impossible’

Lawyers Weekly 16 March 2017


THAT'S THE LAW: Key topic missing from state election campaigns

Central West Daily 16 March 2015


Sentenced to Inequity

Honi Soit 15 March 2015


Abbott loses Aboriginal friends as disappointed expectations pile up

The Australian 14 March 2015


Tony Abbott shuts down Aboriginal legal services

Green Left Weekly 14 March 2015




Top legal bodies want cuts to Aboriginal legal aid reversed

Lawyers Weekly 9 March 2015


North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency flags refusing new clients amid funding uncertainty

ABC 9 March 2015


Govt committed to legal aid funding

AAP 7 March 2015


Custody Notification Service will continue in NSW – but please hurry it up for WA

The Stringer 6 March 2015


ACT joins chorus of government protest against Legal Aid cuts

Canberra Times 6 March 2015


State Attorneys-General unite to warn George Brandis of crisis in legal funding

SMH 6 March, 2015


We won't overcome Indigenous disadvantage by cutting legal services

The Guardian 6 March 2015


Massive funding cuts to legal services for Indigenous people show the Government’s total disregard for justice

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Media Release 6 March 2015


Calling researchers to document the health impacts of chaos in Indigenous affairs policy

Croakey 8 March, 2015





Budget cut ‘threat’ to Aboriginal Legal Service

Cowra Community News 6 March 2015


Too many Indigenous organisations have missed out on Govt funding: Labor

ABC 6 March 2015


Indigenous legal service to shut down after losing federal funding

The Guardian 5 March 2015


PM should reverse looming Budget cuts to Indigenous Legal Services

Australian Bar Association Media Release 5 March 2015


The Australian people are no longer up to the task of being the Australian people

The Guardian 4 March 2015




Behind the Gap: Indigenous justice

ABC Radio National 4 March 2015


Bad business for govt to keep cutting legal aid funding

Lawyers Weekly 3 March 2015


Petition launched against funding cuts to the Aboriginal Legal Service

ABC News 3 March 2015


Aboriginal Legal Service faces uncertain future despite government promise of no cuts

New Matilda 3 March 2015


The Aboriginal Legal Service defending their right to defend

The Wire 2 March 2015






Legal Service confirms Budget cuts have hit front line services

National Indigenous Times 2 March 2015


Attacks on our Human Rights Commission are part of a broader disturbing trend

SMH 25 February 2015


Aboriginal Legal Service forced to find $3 million in savings

Canberra Times 19 February 2015


NT Chief Justice Trevor Riley blasts cuts to legal aid services as a 'blow to heart' of justice system

ABC 6 February 2015


Australian legal aid services 'need $200 million more a year' – Productivity Commission

SMH 3 December 2014


Indigenous kids 24 times more likely to be held

The Australian 29 January 2015


Bar Association calls for more funding to Aboriginal legal services

Canberra Times 2 December 2014


Aboriginal legal aid Federal Budget cuts will mean 'second rate justice' for Indigenous communities: advocate

ABC 12 September 2014





























Innocent person not guilty as charged


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


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


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

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