ATSILS’ Community Legal Education Team recently delivered a talk to a group of young people participating in Youth Justice’s Transition 2 Success Program.

The talk covered topics including: why it is important to understand your rights when dealing with police; understanding the right to silence, the right to have a support person present and the right to ask if you are free to leave; the questions that you are legally obligated to answer in police interactions; understanding police searches; and what to do if you are a victim of crime or want to make a complaint about police conduct.

The young ones were very open and asked great questions. Many spoke of their own experiences and this generated even more yarns about what to do in certain scenarios and the importance of understanding your rights and obligations under the law when interacting with police.

We currently have a range of job vacancies available for suitably qualified Legal Practitioners, Throughcare Officers, Client Services Coordinators and more..

To view our current vacancies and to apply visit: Jobs – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd (atsils.org.au)

Recently this month our team held a stall at the Inala Community Connectors Forum (Government Licensing Muster event) at Our Meeting Place in Inala providing free legal advice and/or referrals.

The event was a joint initiative between Inala Wangarra Inc. and the Queensland Government. ATSILS joined other officers from Blue Card Services, SPER, Births, Deaths and Marriages, Centrelink, the Office of Fair Trading and Justice of the Peace to provide essential services all in one place for the community. The day was a success with many stopping by for a yarn about various topics from driver licence disqualifications, domestic and family violence to youth justice and opportunities for future community legal education talks from ATSILS

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We have multiple positions available for Legal Practitioners (Criminal, Family & Civil)!
We are also currently seeking 2 x Throughcare Officers (Youth & Adult Male DV), 1 x Legal Secretary (Admin), 1x Court Support Officer (Identified Position).
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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.