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Job Vacancies – 2 x Court Support Officer roles: Townsville & Southport

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We have 2 x Court Support Officer roles available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates in our Townsville and Southport offices.

Court Support Officers play a vital role in our service delivery and in the community. CSOs provide a crucial link between our clients and the legal practitioner and enhance access to justice in their communities.

Applications Close: 3rd December 2017

Apply Here: http://www.atsils.org.au/job-vacancies/

 

Watch this video to get an insight into the role of a CSO: 

 

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Family Matters Report 2017: Calls for urgent action on the unacceptable rate at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are being removed.

Family Matters Report 2017: Without urgent action the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from family will triple in the next 20 years
NOVEMBER 29, 2017 BY FAMILY MATTERS

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Family Matter Media Release

The rate at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are removed from their families is an escalating national crisis.

Without immediate action from all levels of government further generations of children will be lost to their families, cultures and communities, according to a new report from the Family Matters campaign.

The report – launched at Parliament House on 29 November – reveals a shocking trend in the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who are now nearly 10 times as likely to be removed from their family as non-Indigenous children – a disparity which continues to grow.

If we continue on this path, carved out by the flawed approaches of consecutive governments, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care will more than triple in the next 20 years.

“Twenty years ago, the Bringing them Home report brought public and political awareness to the destructive impact of the Stolen Generations on communities, families and children – a historical pain that has caused trauma with lasting impacts. We cannot allow the history of trauma to devastate yet another generation of our children.

“In the 20 years since Bringing them Home, and nearly 10 years since the national apology, the numbers of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care have continued to escalate.”

– Natalie Lewis, Family Matters Co-Chair

The Family Matters Report shows that only 17 per cent of the child protection budget is spent on services aimed at preventing issues for families before they develop, while the bulk of spending is invested in reacting to problems when they arise.

The Family Matters Report clearly shows we have a system that invests in failure and not success.

“Only one in every five dollars spent on child protection is invested in family supports. Supportive and preventative services – designed to build the capacity of families to care for children and allow children to thrive – are crucial to addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.”

– Natalie Lewis

The Family Matters Report provides a comprehensive analysis of child protections systems in every state and territory, judged against a series of building blocks to ensuring child safety and wellbeing.

The disproportionate representation of our children, and the failure to adequately provide for their wellbeing and ensure fulfilment of their rights, are characteristics common to all jurisdictions.

“Those of us working for our communities are striving to address these fundamental system failures, but what we really need is governments to resource our vision for a better future for our children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been forthcoming with solutions to these issues for many, many years. We need to work together now to prevent another generation of children growing up separated from their family, culture and connection to country.”

– Natalie Lewis

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Free to Be Kids – National Plan of Action released

A plan to transform the justice system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Today the Change the Record Coalition launched an eight-point plan -Free to be Kids – National Plan of Action – to transform the youth justice system and prevent abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in prisons.

“The time to act is now. This is an historic opportunity for the Federal Government to make a difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children,” said Antoinette Braybrook, Co-Chair of Change the Record.

“The Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory demonstrated shocking abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in prisons, and we know that similar abuses are happening right around the country,” said Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of Change the Record.

Change the Record has said the Federal Government must:

Support children, families and communities to stay strong and together
Raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14
Get children who are not sentenced out of prison
Adequately fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled legal and other support services
End abusive practices in prisons
Set targets to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in prison
Improve collection and use of data
Work through COAG to reform State and Territory laws that breach children’s rights

Download Free to be Kids – National Plan of Action [PDF]

 

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Our Regional Offices – Thursday Island

Connection to culture and delivering legal services on country that make a real difference to the lives of his people is what attracted Regional Manager C’Zarke Maza to Thursday Island.

In this video C’Zarke gives insight into range of services we provide across the Torres Strait. In locations such as Thursday Island our team provide outreach legal services, traveling great distances following remote court circuits to ensure access to justice for our most remote communities.

Thursday Island – Regional Office
Services Provided: Criminal, Civil and Family Law
Address: 25 Douglas Street, Thursday Island 4875 (PO Box 81)
Phone: (07) 4069 1091
Fax: (07) 4069 1678

Always remember ATSILS is here for clients 24/7 on our Free call legal assistance hotline:
1800 012 255.

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ATSILS Board meet with community in Mackay

ATSILS is dedicated to strengthening key partnerships in regional Queensland and last Friday our Board of Directors hosted a community meeting with key service providers in Mackay.

It was a great turn out and the Board were delighted to meet with the good people representing these organisations and agencies delivering vital services across the justice and community sectors.

The meeting was not only a good opportunity to get a better understanding of the current challenges and justices issues facing the local community. It also provided a great environment to come together and reaffirm our commitment to working more effectively together across sectors to address the complex challenges faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community caught up in the child protection, youth justice and criminal justice systems.

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Health, Justice & Human Rights orgs unite in call to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

Following Universal Children’s Day, doctors, lawyers, health and human rights experts from across Australia are calling for the age when children can be held criminally liable to be raised to at least 14 years so that primary school aged children are not entangled in the criminal justice system.

All Australian states and territories currently have laws that allow children as young as ten years to be charged, brought before the courts, sentenced and imprisoned. The United Nations has repeatedly rebuked Australia for maintaining such a low age of criminal responsibility.

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Full Media Release: https://goo.gl/HG3rLm

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Our Regional Offices – Mt Isa

Our network of regional offices across Queensland ensure clients in rural and remote communities have greater access to vital legal assistance and representation. In the great North West Queensland region our team is led by Regional Manager Tim Carberry. In this video Tim highlights the range of legal services we deliver beyond criminal, including family and civil and gives insight into what it’s like working in some of our more remote locations across Queensland.

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Services Provided: Criminal, Family and Civil Law
Address: 4 Simpson Street, Mount Isa 4825 (PO Box 2269)
Phone: (07) 4744 0900
Fax: (07) 4743  7231

Always remember ATSILS is here for clients 24/7 on our free call legal assistance hotline:

1800 012 255.

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Our Regional Offices – Charleville

In this video our Regional Manager in Charleville Laurie Parker gives you a run down on the many ways we are able to assist clients with criminal, civil and family matters, the vast region the team covers and the benefits of working as a legal practitioner in a rural community.
 
Laurie and his great team in Charleville deliver quality criminal, civil and family legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across South West Queensland which includes the townships of Roma, Cunnamulla, Tambo, Quilpie & Mitchell.
 
Contact our Charleville Office:
Services Provided: Criminal, Family and Civil Law
Address: 51 Wills Street, Charleville 4470 (PO Box 145)
Phone: (07) 4654 1721
Fax: (07) 4654 3182
 
Always remember ATSILS is here for clients 24/7 on our Free call legal assistance hotline:
1800 012 255.
Find an ATSILS Office near you: ATSILS Office Locator
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Court Support Officer Roles

We have 3 x Court Support Officer positions available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates wanting to make a difference for their people in the justice system.

http://www.atsils.org.au/job-vacancies/

Apps close 1 Aug 2017

Our team of Court Support officers are integral to delivery of our culturally competent legal services.They all identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are usually local people with strong connection to the community who are highly skilled at engaging mob and ensuring they understand their legal rights.

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Job Vacancies

Interested in working with ATSILS?

In the video below you can hear from the team about what it’s like working for ATSILS, a long established human rights based organisation offering rewarding legal careers across civil, family and criminal law areas.

Currently we have a number of positions available for Legal Practitioners across criminal, civil and family law jurisdictions. In addition we have a range of Court Support Officer positions available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates wanting enhance access to justice for the most vulnerable in our communities.

View our current job vacancies page here: http://www.atsils.org.au/job-vacancies/