ATSILS offices are temporarily closed to clients until further notice. This decision has been made to help protect staff, clients and the broader community from the current wave of the Omicron COVID-19 variant that is fairly widespread across the state.

Please be assured our staff will still be providing legal assistance services to clients during this time via phone, ICT, and at court.

Stay in touch with your lawyer or regional office via phone or email.

A full list of office contacts can be found here:

For urgent legal matters call our toll-free statewide number:
1800 012 255.

ATSILS Mask RequirementsAs of 1am, 2 January, face masks are now required in all indoor settings except for in the home, if it’s unsafe or if doing strenuous exercise. 😷
All visitors are required to wear a mask when attending ATSILS offices until further notice. (Exceptions are when eating/drinking or there is a valid medical reason not to wear a mask).
Surgical masks will be available for visitors at ATSILS offices if required.
South East Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island are in the midst of a 3-day lockdown which started 6pm Tuesday 29 June 2021, to stop the spread of COVID-19. During this time ATSILS offices located within these regions will be closed.
Please be assured ATSILS (QLD) is still providing legal assistance for our clients via phone and ICT-based services where possible to protect our staff, clients and our communities from the spread of COVID-19.
If you need legal assistance during this time please stay in touch with your local ATSILS office or lawyer via phone! Please do not attend our offices within the listed lockdown regions during this time.
For a full list of office contacts please visit:

Please note ATSILS Brisbane, Ipswich, Beenleigh, Cleveland, and Strathpine offices will be closed from 5pm Monday 29/03/2021 until 5pm Thursday 01/04/2021 AEST.

Our legal practitioners and staff will still be available by phone during this time.

If you have an appointment with ATSILS staff or were scheduled to attend court during this time please contact your relevant office for advice:


Changes to Court Arrangements
Magistrates Courts – Greater Brisbane COVID-19 response arrangements. View Magistrate Courts Response Arrangements

Due to the Greater Brisbane #COVID lockdown, refer to the following Supreme and District Court arrangements for #Brisbane, #Beenleigh and #Ipswich:View District and Supreme Courts Response Arrangements


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Sorry Business and other cultural activities are very important. But it is more important to keep Elders — and others who are already ill — safe by following the restrictions around gatherings.

For the latest information and guidelines please visit:


SPER orders are continuing but SPER can delay payments or delay participation in programs like work and development orders.
SPER won’t take new enforcement action if they know people really can’t pay or do orders.
If you need to delay payments or work orders, you can ask SPER on their hotline 1300 365 635 or visit the website:
You can also call ATSILS on 1800 012 255 for help with talking to SPER.
It is still a good idea to keep on top of your debt if you can pay. You can still make payments online and set up a payment plan by calling SPER on 1300 365 635 or by going on the website


*PLEASE NOTE: Information only current at time of publishing, for the latest information please visit:

Funerals with more than ten people are not allowed under strict new controls to stop coronavirus.

Sorry Business and other cultural activities are very important. But it is more important at the moment to keep Elders — and others who are already ill — safe by not holding gatherings of more than a few people.

The Federal Government has banned large indoor and outdoor gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and this includes sorry business and family gatherings such as wakes.

Travel restrictions are also in place across Queensland, so people will not be able to travel to attend gatherings.

Families need to talk about other ways they can conduct sorry business while restrictions are in place. There are some good recommendations in the resources below put together by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.


datsip_sorrybusiness factsheet

Download PDF Posters and Fact Sheet:

DATSIP – Sorry – Business-Poster (PDF)

DATSIP – Sorry – Business- Fact Sheet (PDF)


Visit the DATSIP Site for more resources developed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak: 




Queensland Courts ARE open and hearing cases but with a number of operational changes.
Court Attendance
Queensland Health advise that people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas in the past 14 days.
If you consider that this advice applies to you, please DO NOT ATTEND a court location.
For Magistrates Court matters, defendants are encouraged to make use of electronic pleas of guilty and adjournments, where available. Guidelines for court arrangements in various Magistrates Courts are now available. If you are a party to proceedings, you should contact your legal representative or the court via telephone or email. See Courthouse contacts contained in the linked web page below.
These measures will assist in reducing the potential for transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Queensland Courts will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 advice being provided by health authorities and act accordingly.
For the latest updates from Queensland Health, visit the Queensland Health Website.
Practice Direction 3 of 2020 – Court arrangements (COVID-19)
Practice Direction 4 of 2020 – Court arrangements (COVID-19 in the Childrens Court when constituted by a Magistrate