Today the ALS is made up of over 200 staff across 24 offices throughout NSW and the ACT. 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.
After the apology in 2007, the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care is nine times higher than the rate for non-Aboriginal children. Aboriginal children taken from their homes are the most vulnerable children in our society. The ALS has dedicated Care and Protection Lawyers and Field Officers who work with child protection matters.
Of the 2,608 people who have died in custody since 1979–80, almost one-fifth were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Rates of Aboriginal deaths in custody remain high.
Despite only making up 3% of the Australian population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 28% of the adult-prison population. These statistics continue to impact on Aboriginal communities throughout NSW and ACT.