Darwin Community Legal Service

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...
Umbakumba Community Outreach – Financial Abuse

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...

Update from DCLS Executive Director

Our year has had many highlights but most have come from working collaboratively with other organisations in the NT. Together we are stronger and more effective and the sharing of skills and knowledge enhances our services and the outcomes for our community. We joined...

DCLS welcomes new leadership team!

With the addition of Shelley Landmark as our Principal Solicitor, the new DCLS Leadership team has some familiar faces and some new blood, giving us the skills to respond to the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Tamara and David form the...

DCLS Annual General Meeting 2019

All current members and interested persons are Welcome to the AGM of Darwin Community Legal Service Inc. Monday 11 November 2019 @ 5.00pm DCLS Board Room, Winlow House Level 1, 75 Woods Street, Darwin Light refreshments will be served after the meeting The following...

Concerns for participants in guardianship proceedings

DCLS, along with Katherine Women’s Legal Service and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency met recently with the Attorney-General, the Hon Natasha Fyles MP to raise concerns about support and representation for participants in guardianship proceedings. The NT...
Coolalinga Outreach – reaching more members of our community

Coolalinga Outreach – reaching more members of our community

The General Legal Service has commenced a new rural advice clinic at Coolalinga. The Clinic runs every Friday fortnight, from 9am – 11am at the electorate office of Kezia Purick, MLA. There has been with slow growth in walk-in clients and a number of repeat clients...
Tenancy Team expanding outreach services

Tenancy Team expanding outreach services

Tenancy Solicitor Myles Brown travelled with the Seniors and Disability Rights Team to East Arnhem recently as part of the TAS team’s commitment to expanding our outreach across the NT.  He met with the Department of Housing staff, real estate agents, Anglicare and...

Northern Territory tenants in need of real reform

The review of the NT Residential Tenancy Act has finally been initiated with a discussion paper recently released by the Northern Territory Government.   While we acknowledge the government progressing this much needed area of reform, the process has been rushed, the...

Advocating for residents of Supported Independent Living

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service (SDRS) provides support to those receiving NDIS disability supported accommodation and their families.  Advocates Elaine Walton and Sharon Binns were invited to visit a new Supported Independent Living/Short Term Accommodation...

Update from DCLS Executive Director

Darwin in the dry season is the place to be as meetings, conferences and commissions descend on us to take advantage of the weather. Over 1000 delegates arrived in Darwin for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) National Housing Conference in...

Santa Teresa decision triggers departmental policy overhaul

Jasmine Cavanagh is one of 70 residents from the remote community Santa Teresa, south of Alice Springs, who brought a class action against the Government in 2016 for failing to maintain their public housing. The tribunal found that the residents should be compensated...

Assistive technology aids NDIS client to develop independence

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service have seen an increase of positive client outcomes due to the utilisation of technology. A five-year-old child was referred to DCLS on 9 May 2019 by KeepMoving, an assistive technology service provider. The client had Cerebral...

The road to independence is paved with NDIS rejections

DCLS client Mark Moodie this year started his own business, an Indigenous mining and energy consultancy, where he hopes to train young Aboriginal people to use drone technology.  He is also a tetraplegic. He sought support from the NDIA to help him overcome some of...

Submission – Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service has been active in advocating the NT position in relation to the Royal Commission’s inquiry.  Our submission to the Commission can be found at the link below.  We have also been involved in convening forums of relevant...

Update from DCLS Executive Director

It’s that time of the year when attention turns to funding and keeping our services going for another year.  Key issues impacting the sustainability of community services include the issue of NT Budget Repair and uncertainty around the newly elected Coalition...

Thin Markets Project

The DCLS Seniors and Disability Rights Service Thin Markets Project submission is now available to view. The Thin Markets Project outlines some of the key issues faced in the Northern Territory in relation to services for people with a disability under the National...

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...

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:...

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...