Artwork: “Crayfish” by Lorraine Brown & Narelle Thomas, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation.
Aboriginal Legal Access Program
The goal of our Aboriginal Legal Access Program (ALAP) is to promote access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW by delivering culturally appropriate legal assistance services to ensure that Indigenous Australians receive the help needed to overcome legal problems and fully exercise their legal rights.
Why does this program exist?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face disproportionate disadvantage across the legal system, including substantial barriers to accessing legal assistance services.
How does the program work?
Our ALAP worker works in conjunction with Illawarra Legal Centre’s (ILC’s) services and is there to offer free socio-legal support; you can choose to have the ALAP worker present and assist you in accessing and using our services.
We can also provide you with information, support and referrals. ILC strives to offer a holistic service delivery, our ALAP worker seeks to connect clients with services that meet the diversity of their needs; like housing, money, employment, relationships, health & wellbeing.
How we can help you with your legal matter
We may be able to provide advice and representation in the following areas:
Our ALAP worker in the community
ILC’s ALAP worker works closely with local Aboriginal community organisations and groups to create and maintain productive, respectful, working partnerships and by attending relevant networks, interagencies and consultations in the Illawarra region.
The ALAP worker also provides avenues of legal support and access to local community groups. You can organise with our ALAP worker to receive a community workshop to address specific legal issues by calling the office on 4276 1939.
You can usually find us participating in local community events (for example: NAIDOC, Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week). If you have an event coming up that you would also like us to attend call the office on 4276 1939.
ILC's ALAP Brochures
Illawarra Legal Centre’s ALAP service is one of only five programs in NSW. To learn more about this program visit Community Legal Centres NSW Aboriginal Legal Access Program and Legal Aid NSW’s Community Legal Centres – Aboriginal Legal Access Program.