ATSILS Director of Criminal Law – Andrew Hackett appointed as one of the three new Magistrates in QLD

Andrew-HackettCongratulations to Andrew Hackett our Director of Criminal Law on his appointment as one of the three new magistrates in Queensland by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath for Redcliffe.

Andrew is a highly respected lawyer and he possesses all the legal skill, knowledge and experience needed to excel in this vital role.

We wish him all the best for future and thank him for all the great contributions he’s made at ATSILS in delivering the highest quality legal services to our people.

We know he’ll be a welcome addition to the Magistrate Court in Queensland.

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QLS praises appointment of reputable magistrates for Queensland’s busiest court:

Change the Record

ATSILS CEO on addressing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Disadvantage in the Justice System

shane_DuffyWELL WORTH A LISTEN: A 7 minute insight from our CEO & Change The Record Co-Chair Shane Duffy highlighting the burning issues driving incarceration rates and what’s needed to create smarter justice and safer communities.

The Change The Record Coalition is a group of key organisations who have come together and developed a concrete plan for Federal, State and Territory Governments to address soaring Aboriginal imprisonment rates and high levels of experienced violence within a generation.

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View the Plan: “Blueprint for Change”:

Change The Record – Steering Committee:

Community is Everything – ATSILS Principal Legal Officer talking to schools about issues & solutions re: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth detention

Greg Shadbolt - Principal Legal Officer ATSILSCommunity is Everything

Last week our Principal Legal Officer was out in the community shining a light on the issues related to the high detention rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the solutions needed to create brighter futures for our kids.

Greg presented to senior school students from around a dozen schools – hosted at the Brisbane Boys College (Toowong) as part of Amnesty International Australia‘s “Community is Everything” campaign.

There were several hundred school children and teachers in attendance and it was a great opportunity to increase awareness of critical justice issues effecting kids futures to new audiences less likely to be exposed to such challenges.

More information on the campaign can be found here:

CLE Outreach to Torres Strait

JOB Vacancy: Justice Crusader needed for an exciting role in the Cape

We are looking to fill the role of Prevention, Intervention and Community Legal Education Officer in Bamaga. This is a fantastic opportunity to combine work with real adventure as you provide innovative legal education outreach to communities across the Northern Peninsula Area and Torres Strait.

Strengthen your commitment to social justice and help prevent our people coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

Apply Now

Apps close soon.


Advocacy Skills Development Program – April 2016

Advocacy Skills Workshop: BrisbaneIncreased legal advocacy  skills and confidence: a practical, hands-on workshop. 28-29 April 2016.

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd will gather its statewide team of 37 Family, Child Protection, Civil Law legal practitioners and paralegals for its inaugural advocacy skills development program in Brisbane this month.

Workshop leaders include Barristers Craig Smith, presentation specialist, Jane FitzGerald, with workshop guidance training from Professional Development specialist, Margaret Voight. This team will provide innovative, customised advocacy coaching for our growing workforce.

Supporting Barristers-at-Law will guide each ATSILS staff member in small teams relating to core case planning and theory.

The aims of this program are to:

  • increase your understanding of how to better prepare for your appearance in court,
  • develop the skills for effective court advocacy, and
  • build your confidence as a professional advocate.

This 2016 project forms part of the emerging ATSILS Workforce Development Cultural Plan and is available exclusively to ATSILS employees.

View workshop flyer here > ATSILS Advocacy Workshop Flyer Fam Civil 2016


Current Vacancies – Legal Practitioners, Community Legal Education, Court Support and Client Services

Job Vacancies - Legal Careers

*We’re Hiring*

Join the team leading in the delivery of professional, innovative and culturally competent legal services.

From Brisbane to Bamaga and Mt Isa to Murgon we have a range of great positions available.

We are looking for Legal Practitioners, Community Legal Education Officers, Court Support Officers and a Client Services Coordinator.

View our current job vacancies here:

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25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report ‪#‎RCIADIC‬

This morning ATSILS CEO Shane Duffy and Dr Jackie Huggins Co-Chairs of Change the Record Coalition are at Parliament House in Canberra commemorating lives lost and working for change.

In the 25 years since the handing down of the RCIADIC report Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates have almost doubled. It time for change. Here’s what’s needed:




Murri Court – official re-opening in Rockhampton

This week staff from our team in Rockhampton attended the official re-opening of the Murri Court – the first re-opening to occur in the State.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of important dignitaries, including the Attorney-General, the Chief Judge of the District Court, the Chief Magistrate and local Elders (just to name a few).

A number of speeches were made to commemorate the occasion and our dedicated team in Rocky were acknowledged by the Coordinating Magistrate (Mr Press) in his speech. He spoke about the hard work ATSILS does and made particular mention of Tammy House our Court Support Officer in the region. Magistrate Press indicated that he could not imagine how the Court would function without Tammy’s invaluable assistance, particularly helping our clients to properly understand their charges and give instructions.

Great to see this culturally responsive justice alternative re-established and well done to the team in Rocky.


Reparations Scheme – Applications Day Invitation Brisbane

When: Monday, 18 April 2016
Where: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) 55 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba 4102
Time: 9am to 12pm

Attend this session if you answer YES to any of the following:

  • You believe your wages and savings were controlled under the ‘Protection Acts’
  • You received a reparations payment under the 2002 Indigenous Wages Savings Reparations (IWSR)
  • You did NOT apply under the 2002 IWSR process but want to be apply under this Scheme
  • You were found ineligible under the previous IWSR process and you were born between 1 January
    1957 and 31 December 1959
  •  You wish apply on behalf of a deceased family member
  •  You are assisting a family member to complete an application form
  •  You would like more information about the current reparations process

If you wish to apply or enquire about your application you must bring documentation that can prove yourdate of birth such as a driver’s licence, birth certificate, health care card or pension card.
More information about the Reparations Scheme is available on freecall
1800 619 505 visit

Download: Applications Day Invitation

View: Reparations Scheme Eligibility Payments Information Sheet