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ATSILS teamed up with the members of the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum to produce a range of community legal education resources under the banner: Which Way – Protect Your Legal Rights!

The suite of resources was developed by First Nations Creative Agency – Gilimbaa and with key messaging aimed at enhancing community access to legal assistance options for domestic violence and child safety matters.

The resources were launched this week by our Director of Communications and Sector Engagement – Graham White and will be distributed throughout our partner networks to get the key messages out to our communities.

We thank the Queensland Government – Department of Justice and Attorney General for assisting in funding the project and all partners for their contributions.


Which Way – Protect Your Legal Rights!

We have a range of posters we would like to distribute throughout our partner networks to ensure our communities know there are a range of legal assistance providers available to assist them with Child Safety and Domestic Violence matters. If you would like a copy of the posters below please email: 

Alternatively, you are welcome to download and print a PDF version using the links below.


Download Posters [PDF]

Which Way – Legal Assistance for Child Safety Matters

Which Way – Legal Assistance for Domestic Violence Matters (Victim/Survivor)

Which Way – Legal Assistance for Domestic Violence Matters (Respondent)


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Recently our Director of Sector Engagement and Communication – Graham White visited our regional office in Rockhampton to touch base with staff and key stakeholders in the justice sector.

It was a good opportunity for the team to share their local stories and challenges for service delivery in the region. Graham also met the local Youth Justice Service Centre and key NGOs critical to ATSILS service delivery. The feedback from these organisations was very positive in relation to their engagement work and dealings with the ATSILS in Rockhampton.

Our Rockhampton office delivers family, civil and criminal law services as well as Throughcare services to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Central Queensland region.

ATSILS is available Freecall 24/7 for urgent criminal law matters on 1800 012 255.

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CEO Shane Duffy, & Director of Communications and Sector Engagement Graham White traveled to Townsville last week to meet with local elders around opportunities for collaboration on grassroots community-led justice reinvestment (Justice Galbidera Way) initiatives to help Close the Gap. The team gave insight into the ATSILS run Throughcare program, Blue Card reforms and discussed opportunities for advocacy.

It was great to connect and share knowledge and we look forward to further engagement in the future.

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Our Townsville Office will be undergoing system upgrades on Monday 23rd October from 12pm until COB and during this time we’ll be experiencing telecommunications outages.
We apologise for any inconvenience and ask clients to call back Tuesday morning.

For urgent matters during this time please call:
3025 3888

Service Suspensions

Throughout 2022 & 2023 ATSILS (QLD) had to make the difficult decision to temporarily suspend a range of services in several regions. The regions affected included Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Beenleigh, Strathpine, Rockhampton and Ipswich (Richlands).

Due to additional funding provided by the Queensland Government, ATSILS (QLD) has been able to successfully recruit a number of new staff to mitigate most of the service suspensions in these regions. Below is a short update relevant to each location.

Update September 2023: Cairns remains our greatest challenge due to a combination of factors. At this stage, the current temporary service suspensions are likely to continue at least until the end of October.

Update September 2023: Rockhampton remains a significant challenge due to a scarcity of prospective recruits in or into the region. At this stage, the current temporary service suspensions will continue until at least the end of October – possibly longer.

Update September 2023: Due to successful recruitment initiatives in this region, all service suspensions are expected to be lifted as of the end of September.

Brisbane Office
Update September 2023: Due to successful recruitment initiatives in this region, all service suspensions are expected to be lifted as of the end of September.

Update September 2023: An additional legal practitioner allocated to Maroochydore out of the funding commences at the end of October – so it is likely that the temporary suspensions out of this office will need to remain in place at least until then.

Mount Isa
Update September 2023: All service suspensions were lifted at the end of August.

Update September 2013: Due to recent successful recruitments – the temporary service suspension (Richlands Courthouse) will end as of the 9th of October.

Beenleigh and Strathpine
Prior Suspensions – since lifted (Update September 2023: no changes – no suspensions in place).

In conclusion
ATSILS (QLD) received excellent funding outcome news in mid-June. This has seen a significant increase in staff morale and our retention and recruitment. We cannot thank the Attorney, the associated departmental staff, and all others concerned, enough.

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ATSILS - Legal Job VacanciesCurrent career opportunities with ATSILS – Applications closing soon!
To find out more or apply, visit –
Competitive salaries, professional development opportunities and work flexibility options in a range of great urban and regional locations.
6 x Legal Practitioner Vacancies – Criminal Law
(Ipswich, Roma, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Murgon, Mt Isa)
1 x Legal Practitioner Vacancy – Family/Civil
(Mt Isa)
1 x Legal Practitioner Vacancy – Coronial and Public Sector Monitoring & CLE
1 x Court Support Officer – *identified position/Parental Leave Contract (Murgon)
1 x Throughcare Officer – Male DFV Prevention
To find out more or apply, visit –
Email:, or ring our Human Resources team in Brisbane on 61-7-30253888.
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ATSILS Townsville office is currently experiencing a critical technical service outage affecting phone and ICT services.

Service restoration is estimated to be in place by tomorrow 10/08, updates will be provided when available.

In the meantime please call 1800 012 255 if you need to make urgent contact with the Townsville team or contact our Cairns office which are assisting with client enquiries – (07) 4046 6400.

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Regrettably, ATSILS Ipswich Regional Office will be temporarily suspending services at Richlands Magistrates Court for all new in custody matters, adult duty lawyer and Saturday Court (we will still undertake in-custody matters for existing clients). This will come into effect as of Monday, 29 May 2023. Staff will still conduct services for Childrens Court matters on Thursday, including ongoing matters and duty lawyer services. Our office will continue to act for all current ongoing matters and staff will also appear in the Murri Court. For the Murri Court, our Ipswich Regional Office will continue to accept referrals.

At this stage, the temporary suspension of services will be until 31 July, however this will be subject to review. It will be brought forward if a replacement staff can be recruited and onboarded sooner than anticipated, however the suspension period could also be extended if recruitment takes longer.

For more information on all temporary service suspensions across Queensland view:

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Our Chief Executive Officer, Shane Duffy and our Principal Legal Officer, Greg Shadbolt spent several days out on Kalkadoon country this week catching up with our Mt Isa staff and stakeholders.
It was a good opportunity to meet and yarn-up with newer staff for the first time as well as provide support to our new Regional Manager at Mount Isa, Dominique (Dom) Leong. It was also great to catch up with His Honour District Court Judge Nathan Jarro – who was on court circuit this week in Mount Isa.
L to R
Greg Shadbolt, Leith Seymour (CSO); Shane; Katie Rose (lawyer – crime); Mariah Wilde (seated – CSO); Dominique Leong (RM); Alenza Mariana (lawyer – crime); Shay-Lee Laing (lawyer – crime); Amrit Prihar (lawyer – crime); Scott Sier (seated – lawyer – crime – Normanton office); Tjabadungah Yanner (admin – his last day today); and Natasha Burns (Through Care – Youth
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Our Cairns office has had an upgrade, and our CEO – Shane Duffy and Director of Communications and Sector Engagement – Graham White, had a chance to view the completed works while in town meeting with the team. The upgrades were undertaken to meet the needs of our growing workforce and the interior design incorporates our new branding and landscape images to give the space a strong sense of connection to the region we service.

The executive spent valuable time with staff from the Civil, Criminal and Family law teams, the Throughcare team and the client services team discussing local service delivery opportunities and issues. They also met with the Atherton Community Justice Group, Family Responsibilities Commission, The First Nations Justice Officer, working to develop collaborative partnerships to improve service outcomes for community and clients.

Our Cairns office offers Criminal, Civil & Family law services as well as Throughcare services to communities in FNQ.