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 elect up to four people among their ranks to become directors and form the ALS Board.

Some of the ALS members and directors pictured in January 2022. Seated, left to right: Lorraine Wright, Robyn Davies, Helen Brown, Fiona Mackay, Raymond Keed, Elaine Ohlsen, Cindy Fuller. Standing, left to right: Mark Davies, Keith Morgan, Sherrin Murphy, Paul Gray, Robert Carroll, Avery Brown. 


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.


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