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  • Administration Manager/Executive Officer

    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 Administration Manager/Executive Officer plays a pivotal role driving operational strategy, and developing, consolidating and managing resources.  The position provides support and advice to the CEO, the Board of Management, […]
  • Media release – NT renters no longer subject to unjust ‘blacklisting’

    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 inaccurate information. The laws mark the start of reforms that will make residential tenancies […]
  • 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 – VALUE – PROTECT’, Darwin artist Sandra Kendell facilitated a creative project […]
  • 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

    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 practice of blacklisting tenants on private databases without their knowledge.  These listings are often unsubstantiated and until […]
  • 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 includes measures for safeguarding older Australians. The Australian Government has […]
  • 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 raised the matter with the previous government in early 2015 but it has taken more than […]
  • Reforms for regulating ‘blacklists’ and updating the Residential Tenancies Act progressing

    Reforms for regulating ‘blacklists’ and updating the Residential Tenancies Act progressing

    The Introduction of laws improving protections for tenants against the misuse of Residential Tenancy Databases, or ‘blacklists’, made further progress this week. Northern Territory tenants are a step closer to at least having basic protections in relation to the practice of blacklisting.   The Committee reviewing the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 recommended Parliament pass […]
  • 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 morning/afternoon tea will be provided The interactive scenarios will […]
  • Disability advocate helps client get the year off to a great start

    Darwin Community Legal Service aged care and disability advocate Trudy Lee has helped one of our clients get the year off to a great start. Ben (not his real name) is a homeless, double amputee who approached DCLS for help getting his wheelchair repaired. Trudy arranged for Ben to meet with staff from Allied Health (NT […]
  • 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 these emerging issues. We welcome the announcement of a National Plan by the […]
  • 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 conducting a survey to assist us in drawing a […]
  • Campaign for reforms to the Residential Tenancy Act hits significant milestone.

    The introduction of laws improving protections for tenants against the misuse of tenancy blacklists has begun today with the tabling of the Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2018 in the Northern Territory Parliament. The reforms will regulate the practice of “blacklisting” tenants and ensure that any records kept in relation to tenancy issues will be relevant, true […]
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  • 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 issue and providing advocacy and legal assistance to people suffering from elder abuse. Elder […]
  • 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 responsibility under section 49(1) of the Residential Tenancy Act to provide reasonable security and ordered […]
  • 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 29th Darwin office, Thursday February 1st Casuarina library, Saturday […]
  • 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 ‘Bynoe Fishermen.’ Grusha Leeman for ‘Vibrant Weaving Lessons.’ Judges […]
  • 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 vision, a community in which members enjoy and are entitled […]
  • 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 enterprises, unions and government. Linda was a member of the DCLS founding committee in 1990 […]

    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 asylum seekers, refugees and the Darwin community. Football Without Borders was the winner of the […]
  • 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.
  • 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 children are not forgotten when the Royal Commission winds […]
  • Darwin Community Legal Service supports people making NDIS appeals

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new funding scheme intended to revolutionise how people with a disability are supported and funded. The NDIS has already been rolled out in Katherine and remote areas, including East Arnhem Land. Darwin and surrounding rural and urban areas will commence transition on 1st July 2018. The NDIS […]
  • 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. You can be part of this discussion by participating in Rights […]
  • 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 Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction in Australia which has not tightened laws to protect tenants against […]
  • Darwin Community Legal Service issues privacy warning on Residential Tenancy Databases.

    Darwin Community Legal Service has issued an urgent warning to tenants in the Northern Territory about the potential for real estate agents to share their personal and private information with commercial database companies. These companies aggregate and cross reference information from other databases to create searchable databases, which can include; – Drivers licence details – […]
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  • Newsletter July 2017

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  • DCLS Newsletter March 2017

    DCLS Newsletter March 2017

    Thanks for taking a moment to read our latest newsletter. Community Legal Centres Australia wide are facing funding cuts from 1 July 2017. If the cuts are not reversed, Darwin Community Legal Centre – along with other community legal centres in the Northern Territory – will have to reduce services.
  • Eligibility and Prioritisation Guidelines for Legal, Advocacy and Related Services

    Eligibility and Prioritisation Guidelines for Legal, Advocacy and Related Services

    To download a Summary of our Eligibility and Prioritisation Guidelines for Legal, Advocacy and Related Services click here To download the full content click here
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