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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are entitled to the same legal rights as the non-Indigenous population of Australia and to equality before the law at all stages of the legal process.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports

  • Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization;
  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and welcomes Australia’s endorsement of this instrument.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates 

  • genuine, respectful discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples concerning the reduction of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system;
  • Improvement in service provision to facilitate access to justice for Indigenous people, wherever they live.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

9. Assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in domestic violence matters

Friday, July 5, 2019
Cultural competency is critical to the providing effective services and minimising barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in need of legal services.  Angela Carroll, Solicitor at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service (North Queensland), discusses the challenges in providing effective assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and outline practical strategies to assist in day-to-day practice. > more