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Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) (NSW/ACT)

Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) (NSW/ACT)

The ALS is a proud Aboriginal organisation. The ALS does legal work in criminal law, family law and children’s care and protection law.

The ALS assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services.

The ALS:

  • Has field officers who live and work in their communities, working hand in hand with ALS lawyers as cultural translators
  • Has a Custody Notification Service that provides early legal advice for Aboriginal people taken into police custody
  • Provides assistance in applying for Work and Development Orders
  • Provides assistance accessing civil law advice
  • Produces films, brochures and educational resources about legal information and rights and assist people through their Community Legal Education program

If they can’t assist someone, they can usually find someone who can.

The ALS has 23 offices and 185 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT working towards achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the community.


Criminal law matters 1800 765 767

Care and protection or famly law matters 1800 733 233


Colonial Mutual Building, Level 3, 17-21 University Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2601

Aboriginal services
Justice, courts & legal
Type of service: 
Specialist services