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Busy, busy! 

2022 continues to be a productive one at DCLS with lots of outreach, community engagement, campaign launches, collaboration and media coverage.

Read on to find out more...

Tenants' Advice Service in Alice Springs
In late-May, TAS Solicitor Phil did an outreach week in Alice.
Some highlights were community legal education sessions with service providers, other meetings with service providers and doing direct client appointments in Alice.
Thanks to Central Australia Women's Legal Service for providing venue.
Ramingining & Galiwin'ku
Our SDRS team members, Ramnik & Siobhan, conducted a financial abuse education workshop to East Arnhem community members.

Thank you to East Arnhem Regional Council for allowing us to use their space. 

Ozanam House and YISSA
GLS has continues to provide outreach at Ozanam House and YISSA
Ozanam House 

Every Wednesday 
8:30am - 10:00am

Every Wednesday 
9:30am - 12:00pm

Tenants' Advice Service in Alice Springs
22 August 2022

Seniors' and Disability Rights Service 
Yirrkala 5th - 9th Sept 2022
Milingimbi 12th - 16th Sept 2022
Ramingining 3rd - 7th Oct 2022
Elcho Island 10th - 14th Oct 2022

DCLS offer education sessions on a wide range of topics with a
variety of delivery options to suit you and your team.

Contact us via phone 8982 1111 or email
to find out more. 
Productivity Commission | Aged Care Workforce

The Productivity Commission will examine the merits of unpaid leave allocations for all workers who need to care for an older relative or friend and undertake a study of employment models across the aged care sector.

As a part of the Morrison Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report, both matters have been referred to the Commission.

The examination will provide the Government with a detailed understanding of the economy‑wide impacts of both matters.

The Productivity Commission will establish a formal inquiry into the potential impact of amending the Fair Work Act 2009 to provide all employees with a minimum entitlement of unpaid carers’ leave, if they are caring for senior Australians living at home.

This investigation is in direct response to Recommendation 43 of the Royal Commission, which urged the Government to examine the potential impacts of providing an additional entitlement.

read the submission
News, Collaborations & Media Releases
We have recently issued a number of media releases on various matters.
Click the link to read in full.

NDIS Appeals Crisis
Principal Solicitor Judy Harrison and SDRS Advocate Jess Bruggmans conducted a radio interview with Katie Woolf on 19 May about the NDIS appeals crisis in the NT.
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
SDRS team members, Krisha and Lachlan, presented at the AFDO Round Table on Institutional Economic Abuse, drawing on themes from the DCLS/SDRS submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into the Disability Support Pension.

National RRRR Access to Legal Help Plan
DCLS collaborated with industry stakeholders to compile a press release to highlight the inequality and bias in Federal 'access to justice'.

The Rural, Regional and Remote Legal Services Network is calling for a reset to codesign a major, realistic National RRRR Access to Legal Help Plan.

The Network, which is a collaboration supported by Community Legal Centres Australia, aims to raise the awareness of all successful candidates and parties, in the upcoming federal election.

read more
Events & Community Engagement
National Volunteer Week 
16 - 22 May 2022 | Better Together

DCLS would like to thank and celebrate all of our amazing Volunteers.
This year’s National Volunteer week theme was “Better together”, which is a very fitting theme for DCLS and its Volunteers as together we are helping and empowering our community. 

2 May 2022 | Volunteers David and Kailey admitted to practice
DCLS would like to congratulate Kailey Cobel and David Ninan, who were admitted to practice in the Northern Territory on the 2nd of May 2022.

Kailey and David are valued volunteers of DCLS. We wish them all the best with their future careers and look forward to seeing you at the advice sessions as Lawyers!

Volunteers Reception  
19 May 2022 | Government House
DCLS was once again invited by our Patron, Her Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran. Her Honour was able to join us, however, Chief Justice Michael Grant was on-hand to welcome us

Thank you to our invaluable volunteers - we really wouldn't be able to run some of our services without them!
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 
15 June 2022 | Older Person Abuse Campaign Launch

JUNE 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
DCLS marked the day with a campaign launch of our Older Persons' Abuse television commercial and the Safety Toolkit: Responding to Older Person Abuse.
We were so excited to be joined by Minister for Seniors, the Hon Lauren Moss MLA, CEO of Older Person Advocacy Network (OPAN), Craig Gear, Lesley Merrett from Relationships Australia NT and Janet Brown from COTA NT along with many other service providers and industry supporters.
A special thank you to the Band of the 1st Brigade for their entertainment!
A great morning by all.

Safety Toolkit: Responding to Older Person Abuse
The Older Persons Strategic Advocacy Project was established by our Seniors and Disability Rights Service in 2019 with funds received from the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.
The Project raises community awareness, provides support and information for older people experiencing abuse and encourages local responses to the problem; it is designed to inform change, policy development and service delivery and builds on the learnings, networks and partnerships achieved from previous projects led by the SDRS team.
The development of the Safety Toolkit within this project reflects the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023 initiatives: enhancing our understanding; improving community awareness and access to information, and; planning for future decision making.  
We have copies of our Toolkits available upon request - please get in touch if you would like one

8982 1111 |
view the TV ad here
Positions Vacant
Team Leader - Tenants' Advice Service 

TAS focuses on housing and homelessness and assists with tenants’ rights and responsibilities and tenancy issues including starting, continuing, and finishing renting, repairs and maintenance, problems with landlords, rent increases, bond returns, damage, debts, anti-social behaviour, eviction, tenancy data bases. Legal issues also include anti-discrimination, tenants with complex needs and systemic issues.

TAS undertakes casework and provides legal representation, according to guidelines, and undertakes community legal education and reform aimed at improving law and legal and related services and supports for tenants in the NT.

The TAS Team is based in Darwin, and undertakes outreach and involvement in networks and collaborations which involve travel to regional and remote communities in the NT. The TAS Team Leader will be a major contributor in continuing DCLS efforts towards establishing a stronger presence in the Central Australia, Barkley and Katherine regions.

The TAS Team Leader manages the energetic and striving TAS Team, which includes community lawyers, advocates, and law student interns. The Team Leader reports to and actively collaborates with the Principal Solicitor and the CEO to manage, support and extend TAS operations and collaborations. The role is part of the DCLS Leadership Team and collaborates with the GLS and SDRS Team Leaders to maximise positive impacts.

The role involves travel away from Darwin, to regional and remote communities, for short periods.

click here for more information
FREE Legal Advice Sessions
Our free after hours advice sessions are held as below, at different locations around Darwin. They are designed to provide one-off initial advice on a range of legal issues. You can talk confidentially about your legal problem with a lawyer, who will give you advice, suggest possible actions, and in some cases may help you to write a letter or prepare other simple documents.
FREE After-Hours
Legal Advice Sessions

NT-wide phone appointments available 
Walk-in's welcome

1800 812 953 
to book your appointment
Darwin City 

Level 2, 75 Woods Street

Time 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Every Tuesday and Thursday


Palmerston Library

6.00pm -7.30pm

Dates: 25/7/2022, 22/8/2022, 26/9/2022

Casuarina Library

Time: 10.00am -11.45am

Dates: 9/7/2022, 13/8/2022, 10/9/2022 
click here for more information
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