2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the founding organisation. We are proud of how far we have come and acknowledge that the journey ahead requires the collective commitment and the continued support of our staff and communities.
The Legal Service was originally formed in 1972 – largely due to the passion and commitment for justice of various community members. Success in its early stages resulted in the organisation becoming incorporated as a company on 18th September 1974 (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Corporation (QEA) for Legal Services). The Service was, and remains, a non-profit (public benevolent), community-based organisation. As other ATSILS were formed around the State, the service delivery area of “QEA” became confined to the South Eastern corner of Queensland and operated out of Brisbane. In the late 1990’s regional offices were opened at Beenleigh and Maroochydore.