• NATSILS represents and is the national voice of community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. We advocate at the national level for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the justice system and work to ensure that our peoples have equitable access to justice.

  • Our members have 50 years’ experience in the provision of legal advice, assistance, representation, community legal education, advocacy, law reform activities and prisoner through-care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contact with the justice system. We are the experts on justice issues affecting and concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

About

NATSILS represents and is the national voice of community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. We advocate at the national level for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the justice system and work to ensure that our peoples have equitable access to justice.


Our values


We commit to sharing our cultural knowledge and expertise, upholding the traditional values of Care, Share and Respect.

Care


We Care for the human and legal rights, safety and psychological well-being of the people we support, their families and communities.

Share


We commit to sharing our cultural knowledge and expertise, upholding the traditional values of Care, Share and Respect.

Respect


We Respect the cultural diversity, values and beliefs of the people we support, their families and communities and deliver confidential, innovative, professional and culturally competent legal assistance service.



Our Vision


We need legal services that see Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people as community members, not statistics or criminals, but people with complex and systemic issues in their life that they need help solving/getting support for, as a result of colonisation.

This strategic plan explains how we will tackle systemic issues that are holding back our communities, and how we will facilitate and progress a new conversation about a better justice system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We strive for a world where there is true justice for our people.


Read Our Strategic Plan