The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is a public company limited by guarantee, led by an Aboriginal board and governed by the ALS Company.
Ever since we were founded in 1970, community control has been at the heart of the ALS. We were one of the first Aboriginal community-controlled organisations on the continent and are proud to be owned, governed and led by the communities we serve.
The ALS is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and a tax-deductible gift recipient.
The ALS Company
The ALS Company consists of up to 30 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from NSW and the ACT — ten from each of three regions (Northern, Western, and Central South Eastern). Company members are elected by their communities for three-year terms. In turn, the Company members from each region appoint up to four people among their ranks to become directors and form the ALS Board.
Current ALS members were elected in 2021. The next Company election is scheduled for 2024.
Board of Directors
The ALS Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the ALS. There are up to four Directors from each of our regions, each with equal voting rights. Additionally, up to two honorary directors are permitted under the ALS Constitution to be appointed to the Board. These directors are not elected but are invited by other members because of their significant skills and experience. Unlike the rest of the Board, honorary directors do not have to identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. They have no voting power but can attend Board meetings and participate in discussions.
ALS Directors and Executive pictured in September 2023. Seated, L to R: Aunty Helen Brown, Cindy Fuller, Karly Warner (CEO), Antionette House, Aunty Lorraine Wright (Deputy Chairperson). Standing, L to R: Avery Brown, Uncle Hewitt Whyman, Melanie Champion, Keith Morgan, Nadine Miles, Jason Allan (Chairperson), Raymond Keed, Anna Lewis, Peter Stapleton, Robert Carroll. Not pictured: Mark Davies. Image: Kess Media.
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