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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: joshua.herd@atsils.org.au. 

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

 

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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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Today marks the 16th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations delivered by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
We stand with the Stolen Generations and honour their spirit of survival in striving to overcome the extreme trauma and injustice caused by child removal and assimilation policies.
With the current rates of child removals continuing to spiral at unacceptable rates, we call on all levels of government to take more action. This is a crisis across the nation and more support is needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations and community initiatives striving to keep children connected with their families, kin and country.
If you need support on your journey to reunite with your people and country contact Link-Up (Qld).
Link-Up (Qld) aims to bring a sense of peace, identity and belonging to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have been separated from their family and culture.
To learn more about National Apology Day visit:
National Apology | National Museum of Australia (nma.gov.au)

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Don’t Silence the Violence
Ochre Ribbon Week (12-19 February) is an Aboriginal-led campaign to raise awareness of the devasting impacts of family violence in Aboriginal communities and a call for action to end the violence.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
For 24/7 support please contact:
13YARN (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
13 92 76
https://www.13yarn.org.au/
1800 RESPECT
1800 737 732
https://1800respect.org.au/
For legal assistance, call
ATSILS – 1800 012 255
Legal Aid Queensland – 1300 650 143
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service – 1800 887 700
Community Legal Centres Queensland – 07 3392 0092
First Nations Women’s Legal Services Qld Inc – 1800 082 600
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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service is partnering with key stakeholders in the social services sector to support the QCOSS led – Make Queensland Fair Campaign.

The campaign is being launched today and our CEO – Mr Shane Duffy will be there to help advocate the need for our leaders to take more meaningful action to address the cost of living emergency.

For more information and to add your voice to the campaign visit: Home – Make Queensland Fair

View the campaign launch video below:

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From all the team, we wish you a safe and joyous Christmas and all the very best for the holiday period and the New Year.

 

To our funding bodies and all the community, partner, and stakeholder organisations we’ve had the pleasure of working with this year, we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you again in 2024.

 

Our offices will be closed over the two-week Christmas and New Year’s period (Monday 25th December until Friday 5th January). However, we will continue to provide court representations for fresh arrest matters over that period as well as having an on-call team available for urgent matters.

 

For legal assistance with urgent criminal law matters during this time you contact us on our Free call number: 1800 012 255.

 

 

Once again Merry Christmas, stay safe, and stay deadly!
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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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Due to the severe weather conditions around Cairns and Far North Queensland, we advise our Cairns regional office is temporarily closed.

In the meantime, please call 1800 012 255 to contact ATSILS.
We will provide an update when the office has re-opened.

Please keep up to date with advice from emergency services and stay safe.

Stay informed | Cairns Regional Council

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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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Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing PracticeTorres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice

Upcoming Events – North QLD

Bowen 6th December 2023 (9am – 3pm)

Mackay 7th December 2023 (9am – 3pm)

Join Cultural Support Officers from the Office of the Commissioner – Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa, for upcoming events on Torres Strait Islander traditional child-rearing practice.

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Members of our Brisbane CLE team were out in the community last week empowering students at the Hymba Yumba Independent School to understand their legal rights.

Pree Sharma and Michelle Rabbidge delivered the community legal education session to the deadly young group. The session focussed on teaching the jarjums about their basic rights when interacting with police, what to do if they are stopped by the police, when to seek legal advice and what to do if they are a victim of a crime.

Approximately 30 students attended and were very engaged, asking great questions along the way. ATSILS regularly delivers legal education sessions to the community as part of our Prevention, Intervention and Community Legal Education Program.