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Please direct all media enquiries to the ALS media team on 0427 346 017 or [email protected]

7 Sep 2023

The Winha-nga-nha List commences at Dubbo Children's Court

Today sees the introduction of the Winha-nga-nha* List - a dedicated court list for Aboriginal families involved in care proceedings at Dubbo Children's Court This excellent development follows a co-design process with Aboriginal community reps and key stakeholders in response to Recommendation 125 of the Family is Culture Review Report. We are one of those key stakeholders, and the ALS will provide significant support...

30 Aug 2023

ALS elects new Chairperson

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 30 August 2023 ALS elects new Chairperson Kamilaroi and Ngunnawal man, Jason Allan has been elected as Chairperson by the Board of the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS).Mr Allan was elected at a Board meeting held on Friday 25 August at Tweed Heads, following the resignation of former Chairperson Mark Davies. On behalf of the Board and ALS...

29 Jun 2023

Australia’s oldest legal service supports Constitutional enshrinement of the Voice as an act of Necessity and of Love

29 June 2023 On Saturday 27 May 2023, Australia’s first Aboriginal Legal Service, providing legal representation to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, unanimously resolved to support and advocate in favour of the constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations and First Peoples and the constitutional protection of the proposed Voice. Chairperson of...

23 Jun 2023

WATAAS under new management from 1 July

23 June 2023 From 1 July 2023, the Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS) will be operated by Murra Mia Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service.  We have worked closely with Murra Mia to make the transition as smooth as possible for our clients and community. Please be assured that WATAAS will continue to operate and you can still reach the team...

30 May 2023

NSW prisons more unequal than ever with record level of Aboriginal people behind bars

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Issued in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre Tuesday 30 May 2023   The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) (ALS) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) say the Government cannot ignore the growing crisis of the imprisonment of Aboriginal people in NSW. New figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show the proportion of...

25 May 2023

ALS congratulates Keisha Hopgood on appointment to NSW Local Court

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 25 May 2023   The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) congratulates Keisha Hopgood on her appointment as a Magistrate of the NSW Local Court. Ms Hopgood’s appointment was announced on Thursday by Attorney General Michael Daley. She will be sworn in 6 June. “Keisha has been an integral member of the ALS team since 2017, serving in a...

19 May 2023

Small increase to ATSILS funding will help keep the lights on, but won’t stop all service freezes

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE  Issued in partnership with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement South Australia, Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Friday 19 May 2023   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) around...

15 May 2023

Criminal law services frozen at 13 Local Courts

15 May 2023 We have been forced to freeze criminal law services at 13 Local Courts across NSW due to a workload crisis caused by inadequate government funding. Beginning from Monday 15 May 2023, the ALS is unable to act for people facing new criminal charges at the following Local Courts: Byron Bay Eden Forster Junee Lithgow Moss Vale Muswellbrook Scone Singleton...

9 May 2023

ACT Government delays raising the age to 14, defying advice from Aboriginal, legal and human rights organisations

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE  Issued in partnership with Human Rights Law Centre, Change The Record, Amnesty International, and ACT Council of Social Service Tuesday 9 May 2023   The ACT Government has been criticised for its failure to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 right away, with justice advocates saying the welfare of 12- and 13-year-old children cannot wait until 2025....


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