The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service works together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, key government and non-government stakeholders to manage the delivery of services in a professional, culturally competent and community-sensitive manner.
Our criminal, civil and family law services are delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Queensland.
Key Areas of Service Delivery
- Criminal Law representation and advice
- Family Law representation and advice
- Civil Law representation and advice
- Prisoner ThroughCare Services to address recidivism
- Law Reform and Community Legal Education
- Coronial and Public Sector Monitoring
- 24 hour assistance at police stations
With limited resources available and to ensure we direct our services towards applicants in the greatest need of assistance, all applications for Indigenous legal services involving casework are subject to means and merit tests. Depending upon the results of these tests, applicants will fall into one of three categories:
- Applicants eligible to receive free legal assistance.
- Applicants eligible to receive legal assistance subject to payment of contributions (on a sliding scale) towards the cost of assistance.
- Applicants not eligible to receive legal aid assistance
An applicant automatically satisfies the means test if one of the following applies:
- They are under the age of 18.
- Their main source of income comes from CDEP participant wages or Centrelink benefits.
- Their gross personal income is less than $46,000 per annum ($885 per week).
Note: Means testing only applies to Casework matters.