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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



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...

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...

Advocate – Seniors and Disability Rights Service

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 interests of disabled and older...

NT Human Rights Awards

DCLS was honoured to be nominated for the NT Human Rights Justice and Social Change Awards last night.  Worthy winners of these two categories were the YWCA Women of Worth program for their work in transitioning women from prison and reducing recidivism,  and the...

Christmas Closure

Darwin Community Legal Service will be closed over the Christmas and new year period from COB Friday 21 December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019. Wishing you all a safe and happy festive season.

Media release – “Disrupted” report calls for fairness for renters

5 December 2018 Rental stress, poor living conditions, lack of responsiveness to repairs, discrimination in accessing housing and lack of security are all commonplace for those who rent their home. As renting becomes the new normal it is clear that laws and policy...

Changes to After Hours Clinics

Our final free legal session for 2018 will be on Thursday 13th December in our Darwin office. The sessions will resume in 2019 on Thursday 31st January. There will be some changes to the free legal advice service in the new year as we trial a new timetable. Details...

Protecting older Australians from financial abuse

This month we met with ASIC Connect and other members of the finance sector to discuss solutions to protect older Australians from financial abuse. We also raised the need to improve access to financial and banking services for people with disabilities. We were...

Media release – NT renters no longer subject to unjust ‘blacklisting’

New laws starting this week provide protection to Northern Territory renters from being unfairly ‘blacklisted’ and excluded from the private rental market. The new laws will ensure that renters are notified of listings and provide them with the opportunity to correct...


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