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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.

MOUNT ISA
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/

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Prisoner Throughcare Conference 2017

Prisoner Throughcare - Team 2017
Last week our Prisoner Throughcare Officers from across the state came together for their bi-annual conference in Brisbane. It was a great opportunity for staff new and old to discuss common ground and also the diverse challenges related to their specific roles and regions.
The conference program provided a great platform for staff to share knowledge, hear from external service providers critical to their program delivery, and engage in interactive sessions aimed at team building and networking.
Focus topics included – Throughcare case scenarios, handling resistance, Commonwealth reporting and understanding domestic violence.
 
Congratulations to Gerald, Greg, Graham, Emma and all the team on a successful event and thank you to our guest presenter from CREST for the great insights and contribution to the program.
ATSILS is committed to developing its workforce to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system. Our Prisoner Throughcare team is funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and our PTCO Officers are early intervention and prevention specialists highly skilled at supporting offenders to make the necessary changes in their life needed to break their cycle of their offending.
Our Prisoner Throughcare teams operate out of our Ipswich, Murgon, Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton offices and we have dedicated officers working specifically with youth offenders, adult male and female offenders. In addition the team has recently expanded to include specialist roles targeting high risk domestic violence offenders.
To find out more about the program visit:
 
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Student Placements

ATSILS Student Placements ATSILSStudent placements with a human rights based organisation like ATSILS are an important element in inspiring the next generation of legal practitioners on a path of social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Recently our Strathpine Office had he pleasure of hosting Tayleigh who is in the final stages of her law degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Reflecting on her 3-month placement Tayleigh said that she has learnt so much about the court processes, clients and also the organisations policies, procedures and administration. She got to attend court at Pine Rivers, Sandgate and Redcliffe, and was able to accompany staff on watch house visits and take part in video link interviews with clients.

She said it was a real eye opener  to witness the social disadvantage and legal issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. She loved the teamwork and environment at the Strathpine Office who work tirelessly to ensure the legal rights of the local community are protected. Tayleigh said she would highly recommend a student placement with ATSILS to any individual with an interest in social justice.

Further, with Adam Chapman (pictured, Right) studying his law degree while working as our Court Support Officer, having students to assist the team supports a two-way learning approach. Mr Andrew Ferrett, our Regional Manager (pictured, Left) is an attentive, interactive and well-respected student supervisor.  Also pictured is Jasmine Ross (Right of Centre) who commenced with us as a Practical Legal Training student, and now works with us.

Interested in a Student Placement with ATSILS? Find out more:
http://www.atsils.org.au/student-placements/