Darwin Community Legal Service

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

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.

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

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...
Elder Abuse Prevention Project Survey Report

Elder Abuse Prevention Project Survey Report

On Friday the 15th June DCLS hosted an event to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Participants were involved in an information and discussion session to outline the issue and presence of Elder Abuse in the Northern Territory. Following the theme of ‘RESPECT...
NDIS workshop – register now!

NDIS workshop – register now!

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service will be rolling out a series of NDIS workshops which are funded by NDIS Innovation Grant. Please see the below image for further details....
MEDIA RELEASE – Reforms for renters long overdue

MEDIA RELEASE – Reforms for renters long overdue

Today the Northern Territory Parliament marked its commitment to modernising tenancy law in the Territory by passing long overdue reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act to increase protections for tenants across the Territory.  The amendments will remove the...
MEDIA RELEASE – Federal budget puts spotlight on Elder Abuse

MEDIA RELEASE – Federal budget puts spotlight on Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse is the exploitation of the vulnerability of older people. This can be by scams targeting the elderly and also by close family members such as adult children. Financial abuse is a large component of elder abuse. DCLS is pleased that the Federal Budget...
MEDIA RELEASE – Unjust convictions wiped from the record

MEDIA RELEASE – Unjust convictions wiped from the record

  The Chief Minister made a formal apology in Parliament today to those convicted of consensual “homosexual offences”.  Although the offences were removed in 1984, criminal records still exist for those convicted of these offences. Darwin Community Legal Service...
DCLS’s free Law Week workshop – register now!

DCLS’s free Law Week workshop – register now!

DCLS is proud to announce our free professional development workshop ‘Identifying legal issues for your clients’ is all new for 2018 Supported by the Public Purposes Trust, the event will be held at Darwin Hilton 9.30-4.30 Monday 14 May A free lunch at the Hilton and...
Statement on elder abuse prevention strategy announcement

Statement on elder abuse prevention strategy announcement

As our population ages, elder abuse and greater supports and services for the aged increasingly require a societal response.  Darwin Community Legal Service and the Council of the Ageing NT are united in calling for governments at all levels to step up in dealing with...
Elder abuse prevention project community survey

Elder abuse prevention project community survey

The Elder Abuse Prevention Project has been funded by the Office of Senior Territorians for 12 months to raise awareness of elder abuse in the community and to identify strategies to protect older people from abuse and mistreatment.    As part of this work, DCLS is...
Elder abuse prevention project

Elder abuse prevention project

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service operating within Darwin Community Legal Services has received 12 months of funding from the Office of Senior Territorians to minimise elder abuse in our communities. We are doing this by raising community awareness around the...
Legal victory sets precedent in tenant security

Legal victory sets precedent in tenant security

Darwin Community Legal Service recently represented a tenant seeking compensation for items stolen during a home invasion robbery. The case was heard at The Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) which found that the landlord had failed in their...
Last advice session for the year and shut down dates

Last advice session for the year and shut down dates

Tonight’s free legal advice session in our Darwin city office will be the last for the year. Make sure you get in early! There are some things we cant work on, for more information please click here. The next sessions will be- Palmerston library, Monday January...
Rights on Show exhibition opening and award winners

Rights on Show exhibition opening and award winners

The opening night and awards ceremony for the 2017 Rights on Show was held last night at the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. There were some incredible entries this year, and it was a real challenge deciding the winners. Highly commended: Michael Rule – for...
2016-2017 Annual General Meeting

2016-2017 Annual General Meeting

DCLS held its Annual General Meeting this week at which Julie Davis was re-elected Chair. DCLS would like to take this opportunity to thank our board members for their dedication, hard work and commitment to helping us achieve our vision and meet our purpose. Our...
Introducing our new Executive Director

Introducing our new Executive Director

Darwin Community Legal Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Weatherhead as our new Executive Director. Linda brings a wealth of skill and knowledge to DCLS gained through her years of experience working with community legal services, commercial...
NT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS LUNCHTIME TALKS

NT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS LUNCHTIME TALKS

The second of the 2017 Human Rights Awards talks was delivered this week by Pat Sims, coordinator of Football Without Borders. Football Without Borders is a free to join, volunteer-run, non-profit community program that aims to build strong relationships between...
2017 Annual General Meeting

2017 Annual General Meeting

The DCLS AGM will be held at 5.00pm on Monday 13 November in the DCLS Board Room, Level 1, 75 Woods Street, Darwin. See below for membership form and agenda for those who would like to attend. AGM 2017 Agenda DCLS membership & rewewal...
NT Human Rights Awards lunchtime talks

NT Human Rights Awards lunchtime talks

In the lead up to the 2017 NT Human Rights awards a special series of lunchtime talks are being held. Yesterday Jared Sharp, human rights lawyer and NT General Manager, Jesuit Social Services, gave a presentation titled, How can we make sure the human rights of...
23rd Annual Rights on Show human rights art award and exhibition

23rd Annual Rights on Show human rights art award and exhibition

Rights on Show provides a forum for people to exhibit art with a human rights focus, promoting human rights dialogue in the community. Art can provide a vehicle for social change and expression, challenge social norms and highlight the right to freedom of expression....
Darwin Community Legal Service calls for NT rental law reform

Darwin Community Legal Service calls for NT rental law reform

Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) has called upon the Attorney General, the Hon Natasha Fyles, to urgently review the Residential Tenancies Act (NT) to improve protections for tenants against aggressive real estate practices and commercial database companies. The...