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Key updates

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Morning Tea & Campaign Launch

Join us for morning tea in recognition of
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2022
Venue: Darwin Botanic Gardens Event Centre
Time: 10am – 12pm

WEAAD Event Invite

Jan - March 2022 Newsletter is out now!
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NDIS Help Drop-In Session - Palmerston

Thursday 26th May ⁠& 16th June
9:30am – 11:30am ⁠
Palmerston Library⁠

*bring any documents or NDIS plans you would like to discuss




Northern Territory Disability Advocates call for action on NDIS Appeals crisis.

Northern Territory Disability Advocates call for action on NDIS Appeals crisis.

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS), Disability Advocacy Services (DAS) Alice Springs and NPY Women’s Council (NPYWC) are all NT based organisations that receive funding from the Department of Social Services for NDIS Appeals Advocacy.

NDIS Appeals Advocacy provides specialist support to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and people seeking access to NDIS supports when appealing decisions made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

However, the funding our services receive for NDIS Appeals Advocacy is highly inadequate, to the point that none of us now have funding for even one full-time position.

DSS has not correlated funding for NDIS Appeals Advocacy support to NT participant needs, the service areas or the specialist nature of the work.

On top of this DSS has advised that the NDIS Appeals Advocacy funding of $80,000 pa received by DCLS for NT wide assistance, will be reduced by 30% next financial year.

The NDIS Appeals Advocacy funding each of our organisations receives is unresponsive and tokenistic to the NT context and is dismissive of the rights and needs of people with a disability in the NT especially those in remote and very remote settings.

Please read our joint statement regarding the NDIS Appeals Crisis in the NT  that we have sent to NT Disability Minister Worden and federal Ministers Rushton and Reynolds



DSP Senate Inquiry Media Release

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) is pleased to see many of its key recommendations reflected in the final report of the Community Affairs References Committee for the Senate Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

DCLS looks to the Australian government to urgently reform this system to stop the harm it is doing in the NT and elsewhere in Australia.

While many of the Committee’s recommendations should be implemented immediately, the full overhaul  requires consultation with people with disability, Aboriginal and other representative bodies, treating health professionals, disability advocates, community legal centres and many others.

To read more on the Senate Inquiry into the purpose, intent, and adequacy of the Disability Support  Pension or to read Darwin Community Legal Services’ submission, see here:

To read the full report –Disability Support Pension Report

Summary documents of the submission
Office Operations: Covid
Free After hours Advice Session start on the 18th January 2022
FREE After-Hours Legal Advice Sessions – from wherever you are in the NT, we can assist you with your matter over the phone – every Tuesday & Thursday. ⁠
Freecall 1800 812 953 ⁠to book your time slot.
: : LISTEN : : Short & Sweet Podcast with COTA NT
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Short & Sweet Podcast – *link here*
In this episode listeners will be exploring and learning about some of the services offered by COTA NT
Big thanks to Janet Brown (Aged Care Navigator) and Cecilia Chiolero (PICAC Manager) for promoting senior inclusion.
Short and Sweet is an initiative brought to you by Darwin Community Legal Service and hosted by Aged Rights Advocate Ramnik Singh Walia.
From Older Abuse to the dilemmas of having lack of information about support and services in the Northern Territory. The podcast embarks listener to a journey where the host explores and talks about topics such as
  • Free services for Senior Territorians
  • Rights of Senior Territorians
  • Advocacy Support and it’s importance
  • Stories and Aged Care experiences of Senior Territorians, their carer’s and friends.
  • Interviews and Discussion with Government Agencies, NGOs, and local businesses.
The aim of Short and Sweet Podcast is to inform seniors about – number of services that they can turn to for support to ensure that they are not being unfairly influenced by others who are acting in self-interest
Our Annual Report 2020-21 is now available online

We are pleased to bring you our Annual Report 2020-21

The Annual Report provides DCLS with an opportunity to present to the community, the work that the DCLS team have done in the most recent financial year, including highlights, statistics, events and trends.

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 2020-21 are also available as a separate document.

New Factsheet - Covid Mandates and your employment
Darwin Community Legal Service answers some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and your employment.
This factsheet is not legal advice.
The legal information contained on this page is current as at 10/11/21. 
Free Legal Advice - After Hours Clinic - Now NT Wide phone appointments available
You can make an appointment for our FREE after hours legal advice clinic – no matter where you are in the Territory?
FREECALL 1800 812 953 to make an appointment
Walk ins and face to face appointments welcome in Darwin!
DCLS' New logo to celebrate 30 Year of operation!
We recently celebrated our 30th birthday and what better way to commemorate this amazing milestone than by re-branding and launching our NEW LOGO!!
The image is based on the Bird of Paradise flower; the coloured “arms” in the new logo represents our 3 main areas of service (general legal, tenants advice and seniors and disability rights) with the dot in the middle representing the people we assist.
Please bear with us as we transition over to our fresh, new look over the next few weeks.
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