Darwin Community Legal Service

Key updates

Job vacancies
We currently have a number of exciting opportunities to join the team!

  • Locum Principal Solicitor
  • Community Solicitor (Tenants’ Advice Service)
  • Seniors and Disability Rights Service Advocate/Community Educator
  • 2 x Seniors and Disability Rights Service Advocates (1 x Identified Position)

Please see our Employment page for information on how to apply for these vacancies.

We will also be recruiting for a number of positions over the next period. If you are interested in working for us please send your resume to info@dcls.org.au.

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.

Rights on Show artwork collection - change of dates
Due to a change in logistics we are needing to move forward artwork collection to this Thursday and Friday, not the following week as scheduled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We will now be at the courthouse during the following times, for artwork collection:

  • Between 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Thursday 19 November (Please be aware that the courthouse closes at 4:00pm)
  • Between 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Friday 20 November

Pick up is from the Supreme Court Darwin foyer. Please contact us for assistance if you are unable to collect during these times.


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


Rights on Show 2020
Our 24th Annual Human Rights Art Show comes to a close this Friday 20 November. If you haven’t already seen the exhibition, we encourage you to head down to the Supreme Court to check out all of the wonderful entries.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM is being held on Monday 30 November. Please see our Annual General Meeting page 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.

LOCUM Principal Solicitor

The role is full-time 37.5 hours per week and a six (6) month Locum position | A generous salary package is available Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is a community-based organisation committed to legal and social justice and the protection of human rights in...

Community Solicitor (Tenants’ Advice Service)

The role is part time 30 hours/4 days per week until 30th June 2021 DCLS is an innovative community-based organisation that provides a range of legal services, including free legal advice and advocacy, community legal education, law reform and policy, community...

Seniors and Disability Rights Service Advocate/Community Educator

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week 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 Seniors and Disability Rights Service (SDRS) provides advocacy...

2 x Seniors and Disability Rights Service Advocates (1 x Identified Position)

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week 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 SDRS Advocate is part of a small team that represents the rights and...

Thursday evening drop-in clinics re-opening 4 June!

From Thursday 4 June our evening drop-in clinics will re-open for face-to-face legal advice. No appointments...

Tenancy Laws urgently in need of reform – pets are just a diversion

The wailing and gnashing of teeth that has greeted the mild changes to our tenancy legislation is ridiculous. The new laws relating to pets in rental properties is measured and moderate - you can’t keep a tiger in your flat or an elephant in your backyard.  If you are...

DCLS contributes to review of the NDIS Act

In advance of, or probably because of, the commencement of hearings for the Disability Royal Commission, the Commonwealth Government has commissioned a review of the NDIS Act and is proposing a Participant Service Guarantee to set service standards for the NDIS. DCLS...

Residential Tenancy Reform – too little, too late?

DCLS supports reform that will ensure Residential Tenancy regulation is fair, safe and certain for tenants and landlords.  A comprehensive reform of the current 20 year old legislation was promised in May last year and had bipartisan support. After a truncated...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) finally accepted as NDIS permanent disability

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service working with NT Legal Aid have broken ground nationally in securing recognition that ADHD is a permanent disability under the NDIS. Getting to this point required traversing many hurdles along the way for 8 year old Stewart....

Umbakumba Community Outreach – Financial Abuse

Advocates from SDRS undertook outreach in October and travelled to Groote Eylandt where they met with the community at Umbakumba.  Members of the community came to meet with SDRS and talk about financial abuse and matters related to the NDIS. Financial abuse in the...
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