Darwin Community Legal Service

Key updates

Darwin Community Legal Service Board Vacancies

The board of Darwin Community Legal Service Inc. (DCLS) is seeking applications for several skills-based directors who support the objectives and purposes of the organisation.

The Board includes a mix of elected and co-opted positions. The Board is seeking to co-opt three (3) skills-based directors to compliment the current skills mix. The board meets monthly and board papers are provided electronically via a file sharing service/portal.

Board membership is voluntary.

Board Member Skills

DCLS is looking for individuals with the skills and experience to effectively contribute to the strategic leadership and governance responsibilities of the Board.

The range of specific skills sought include:

  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Experience in the Not-For-Profit, Community Legal, Aged or Disability Sector
  • Risk management
  • Communications and social media

For more information, please click here

Applications close 21st March 2021

Employment: NDIS Advocate Vacancy

We are looking for an NDIS Advocate to join our passionate and dynamic team

Darwin Community Legal Service is a free, confidential service that supports members of the community to protect their rights. Through fair access to legal advice and advocacy, we aim to resolve issues of injustice and disadvantage. Our service is independent and we aim to be fearless.

Our Seniors and Disability Rights Service provides advocacy support to people with disability, as well as support to seniors and people accessing aged care services. Our Advocates also provide community education and contribute to law reform.

Working predominantly to help people navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you will:

  • Provide information about NDIS rights;
  • Help people prepare applications, requests for funding, and requests for review;
  • Attend meetings, and legal hearings as a support person;
  • Help people to self-advocate where possible;
  • Advocate for systemic change or law reform to support the rights of people with disability;
  • Develop and distribute accessible and appropriate information about the NDIS process, including reviews and appeals;
  • Other duties as reasonably directed by the team manager.

Applications must be received by COB 12 March 2021. Please include a resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

For enquiries, call Jessica Brugmans on 08 8982 1111 or email  jessica@dcls.org.au.

Position Description here

Welcome to new DCLSstaff members

Welcome to our new DCLS staff members for 2021
Judy Harrison – Principal Solicitor (Locum)
Ramnik Walia – SDRS Advocate
Jamie Phlan – SDRS Advocate
Will De Bomford – SDRS Advocate
Lachie Rowe – SDRS Advocate
Phil Andrews – TAS Lawyer
Solomon Berhane – Law Clerk

Our Annual Report 2019-20 is now available online

We are pleased to bring you our Annual Report 2019-20.

We invite you to look back on our activities and achievements across this period, told through leadership reports, showcasing team activities, client case studies and feedback, visual statistics and plenty of photos to help tell the story.

Our Financial Statements 2019-20 are also available as a separate document.


Call us on 8982 1111 or 1800 812 953 (free call)


Free Legal Advice Sessions

Darwin –  DCLS office 75 Wood St
Every Tuesday
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Booking required

Darwin –  DCLS office 75 Wood St
Every Thursday
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Walk ins welcome

Palmerston Library
4th Monday of Every Month
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Walk ins welcome
Next Session Monday 22 March 2021

Casuarina Library
2nd Saturday of each month
10.00am – 11.45am
Walk ins welcome
Next session Saturday 13th March 2021

Please call us on 08 8982 1111 for more information

Who we are

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is a free, confidential service that supports members of the community to protect their legal rights. Through fair access to legal advice and support, we advocate to resolve issues of injustice and disadvantage. Our service is independent and we aim to be fearless.


Featured resources

We gratefully acknowledge the Law Society NT Public Purposes Trust for funding these videos

Our services

General Legal Service

Offers specialist advice on Centrelink matters, discrimination and human rights issues, and consumer rights.

Tenants Advice Service

Provides free, specialist advice and representation for people renting homes.

Seniors and Disability Rights

Provides advice, advocacy and information for the community.

  • NDIS help: we have a team of experienced NDIS lawyers and advocates who can offer free, confidential help. Information to help people access the NDIS and get the supports they need.



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DCLS contributes to review of the NDIS Act

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Residential Tenancy Reform – too little, too late?

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Update from DCLS Executive Director

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DCLS Annual General Meeting 2019

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In light of COVID-19, all advice sessions have been changed to appointment only phone advice. Please contact us on (08) 8982 1111 to arrange a phone appointment.

Every Tuesday and Thursday
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Level 2, 75 Woods St
Note: Appointments essential on Tuesdays only


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

Note: Drop-in – no appointments necessary


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

Note: Drop-in – no appointments necessary