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Darwin Community Legal Service

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Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is a free, confidential service whereby we assist members of the community to protect their legal rights through fair access to legal advice and support. DCLS aims to be a fearless, independent advocate towards resolving issues of injustice and disadvantage.

DCLS offers a range of general and specialist services. Our Tenants’ Advice Service and Seniors and Disability Rights Service provide specialist advice, advocacy and information for the community.

Phone: 8982 1111 or Freecall: 1800 812 953



Community Solicitor (Tenants Advice Team)

(2 positions – full time and part time) Darwin Community Legal Service is a multi-disciplinary service that provides a range of legal and advocacy services to the community to underpin access to justice. The Community Solicitor is part of a small team that represents...

FREE WORKSHOP – Identifying legal issues for your clients – 13 May

As part of Law Week 2019, we are holding a workshop to assist you to identify legal problems your clients might have and the appropriate solutions. Learn how we can work together for the best outcome for your clients, before matters escalate. For more information and...

Community forum: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

We have had a lot of inquiries from workers, organisations and clients about how they could participate in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. DCLS and NTCOSS will be holding a Community Forum for interested organisations on Friday 22 March to...

The postcode lottery

Budget repair has captured the headlines of late and DCLS have been active in promoting the important role of human services in the economy. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook identifies Health Care and Social Assistance as the top industry for jobs growth over...

Transition to Community-managed housing

Transition to Community-managed housing: The Tenants' Advice Service has been involved in monitoring recent transfers of Territory Housing properties to management by community service providers to ensure minimum disruption for the tenants and the transfer of tenant...

Successful NDIS review to set precedent for future applications

The issues around accessing services in the NT, particularly in remote communities are well known.  However, the roll out of the NDIS in the Northern Territory fails to take these issues into account and generally refuses the inclusion of transport in NDIS plans. In...

Migrant workers exploited by ambiguous employment arrangements

The General Legal Service has this year seen a great influx of matters involving the exploitation of employees who are on sponsored work visas. One ongoing theme involves workers being brought in from overseas with the promise of increased pay and better working...

Final report: Elder Abuse in the NT

The Darwin Community Legal Service Elder Abuse Prevention Project Final Report is now available. Click this link for the full report: Elder Abuse Prevention Project Final Report The Final Report on our Elder Abuse project was released in February subsequent to the...

FREE workshop – advocacy and the NDIS

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service will be hosting a free workshop aimed at increasing your knowledge regarding the NDIS. DATE: Thursday 28 February 2019 TIME: 6.00pm - 8.00pm WHERE: Level 1 Winlow Houe, 75 Woods St Darwin During the workshop we will: answer...

Free NDIS advice clinics!

Starting on the 25th of February 2019, DCLS will be operating NDIS advice clinics after hours across the Darwin Region. The clinics operate on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will have the opportunity to speak one on one with our specialty advocate regarding any...


After hours legal advice sessions:

Every Tuesday & Thursday
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Level 2, 75 Woods St


4th Monday of each month
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Palmerston Library


2nd Saturday of each month
10.00am – 11.45am
Casuarina Library