Darwin Community Legal Centre - Darwin
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Darwin Community Legal Centre (DCLS), Darwin
Please note: This service can only offer short placements.
About this Legal Assistance Service (LAS):
Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS) provides legal services to disadvantaged people, deliver community legal education, and undertake law reform projects. DCLS focuses on ‘justice’ rather than ‘the law’, and rely on the support of the community, and the participation of skilled volunteers. DCLS provides community legal education (CLE) about legal rights and responsibilities across the whole community, with a particular focus on human rights, discrimination law, and social justice
DCLS began in 1991 when volunteer lawyers provided free legal advice sessions in Darwin and surrounds. Over time, the service expanded its geographical coverage and the range of matters on which it provided assistance. In 1993 DCLS published the first edition of the Northern Territory Law Handbook, which is now into its 4th edition. In 1994 DCLS held its first Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition - Rights on Show. This annual event is now in its 17th year.
DCLS has championed gay and lesbian law reform, worked for the establishment of an Aboriginal interpreter service in the Territory, and campaigned against mandatory sentencing.
In 2000, DCLS was awarded the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s prestigious National Human Rights Award for Community Service.
DCLS continues to provide free legal advice sessions each week, and assists an increasing number of disadvantaged Territorians to uphold their legal rights.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin has a population of 127,500, making it the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, but the least populous of all Australia's capital cities. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities
The region, like the rest of the Top End, has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season. The city is noted for its consistently warm to hot climate, all throughout the year. It receives heavy rainfall during the Wet, and is well known for its spectacular lightning. Darwin is a hub for tours to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge.
Phone: 08 8982 1111
Phone: 1800 812 953 (free call)
Address: 8 Manton Street, Darwin NT 0800
Postal address: GPO Box 3180 Darwin NT 0801
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