Legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you may prefer speaking to a legal service designed to support your community. Below you’ll find a list of services that can support you with:
- Legal advice about credit, debt, banking and insurance
- Family violence and family law
- Protective restraining orders and child protection
- Information on victims of crime compensation
- Guidance on witness assistance law and criminal law
Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT
Providing legal services to Aboriginal people as early as 1970, Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) NSW/ACT acknowledges the importance of Aboriginal people designing and delivering services to their own communities. ALS offers legal services across criminal law, children’s care and protection law and family law.
Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
The Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children across NSW gender-specific services sensitive to their culturally diverse needs. Support and services include appropriate legal representation, advocacy, advice and referrals.
You can also call the service on 1800 686 587.
National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services
National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations that provide legal advice and casework as part of a holistic model for First Nations people. Their clients and their children are supported with counselling services, court support, child protection advice and intervention, service system referrals, case management and advocacy, and kinship liaison.
Mob strong debt help
Mob Strong Debt Help is a program run by the Financial Rights Legal Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders seeking free telephone legal advice about credit, debt, banking and insurance.
Call 1800 808 488 Monday-Friday from 9.30am-4.30pm to speak to someone about your financial matter or visit the Financial Rights Legal Centre website for more information, tips and free legal resources.
In addition to these resources, GambleAware also provides culturally appropriate support to residents urban or regional NSW. Call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for a confidential chat or find a location in your community.