Finding help and legal information


There are many useful places to find information about the relevant laws, CLE and Aboriginal culture and history. This page will guide you to some of these resources and provide referral information to legal service providers in the NT and WA.

Getting help in Western Australia

Legal Aid WA (Kununurra)

Toll free: 1800 991 347; Phone: (08) 9166 5800; Fax: (08) 9166 5888

98 Konkerberry Drive, KUNUNURRA WA 6743

Practice Areas: Criminal, Family Law and Civil Law, including child protection.

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must meet three tests to be eligible for legal aid:

  • Means test
  • Matter test
  • Merit test

Service Areas: Balgo, Billiluna, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kununurra, Mulan, Ringer Soak, Wangkatjungka, Warmun, Wyndham, Yiyilli.


Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (Kununurra)

Toll free: 1800 019 900; Phone: (08) 9168 1635; Fax: (08) 9169 1147

81 Konkerberry Drive, KUNUNURRA WA 6743

Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Law

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be Indigenous.

Service Areas: Balgo, Billiluna, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kununurra, Mulan, Warmun, Wyndham.


Aboriginal Family Law Legal Services (Kununurra)

Phone: (08) 9168 2001; Fax: (08) 9169 3321

Suite 1/10 Banksia Street, KUNUNURRA WA 6743

Practice Areas: Civil Law and Family Law including:

  • Family violence restraining orders
  • Child protection matters
  • Family Law
  • Victims of crime compensation

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be Indigenous and must not be perpetrators of domestic violence.

Service Areas: Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kununurra, Warmun, Wyndham.


Kimberley Community Legal Services (Kununurra)

Toll free: 1800 686 020; Phone: (08) 9169 3100

4 Papuana Street, KUNUNURRA WA 6743

Practice Areas: Civil Law and Family Law including:

  • Centrelink matters
  • Child protection matters
  • Consumer law
  • Family Law
  • Financial counselling
  • Housing and tenancy

Client Eligibility Criteria: Initial appointments available for all clients. Casework is means tested.

Service Areas - Kununurra: Balgo, Billiluna, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kununurra, Mt Barnett, Mulan, Warmun, Wyndham.

Broome: Derby, Dampier Peninsula, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Gibb River Road. 


Getting help in the Northern Territory

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission (Katherine)

Toll free: 1800 019 343; Fax: (08) 8973 8551

20 Second Street, KATHERINE NT 0850

Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Law, including child protection matters.

Client Eligibility Criteria: Free legal information, referral and first advice on all matters. Clients must meet three tests to be eligible for legal aid:

  • Means test
  • Matter test
  • Merit test

Service Areas: Criminal Law, Family law and Civil Law, including child protection matters: Katherine and surrounding regions if client has a grant of aid. Civil outreach team visits Binjari, Manyallaluk, Jilkminggan and Minyerri.


Katherine Women’s Information & Legal Service

Toll free: 1800 620 108; Phone: (08) 8972 1712; Fax: (08) 8972 1572

Unit 5/17 First Street, KATHERINE NT 0850

Practice Areas: Civil Law including:

  • Child protection
  • Credit and debt
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Family law
  • Victims of crime compensation
  • Centrelink
  • Housing
  • Employment

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be female.

Service Areas: The Katherine region.


North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (Katherine)

Toll free: 1800 897 728; Phone: (08) 8972 5000; Fax: (08) 8992 5060; Fax - Criminal: (08) 8992 5050

32 Katherine Terrace, KATHERINE NT 0850

Practice Areas: Criminal Law and Civil Law including:

  • Complaints about government services and departments (e.g. police, prison officers)
  • Compensation claims against police and other government departments (negligence false imprisonment, assault)
  • Forfeiture or seizure of property - where property was used to take liquor, kava or drugs into a restricted area or in the commission of a crime
  • Child protection matters (including a duty service)
  • Adult guardianship matters
  • Statutory compensation (i.e. motor accident and victims of crime compensation)
  • Consumer matters (credit, debt, motor vehicle sales and repairs)
  • Health care complaints
  • Discrimination and human rights
  • Coronial inquests
  • Employment
  • Urban tenancy
  • Alcohol matters - APOS and mandatory treatment
  • Centrelink and income management

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be Indigenous and are subject to a means test

Service Areas: Barunga, Beswick, Bulla, Bulman, Daguragu, Kalkarindji, Katherine, Lajamanu, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Timber Creek, Urapunga, Yarralin.


North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (Katherine)

Toll free: 1800 184 868; Phone: (08) 8972 3200; Fax: (08) 8972 3277

1/16 Katherine Terrace, KATHERINE NT 0850

Practice Areas: Civil Law including:

  • Child protection matters
  • Family law
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Superannuation
  • Victims of crime compensation
  • Wills and deceased estates

Client Eligibility Criteria: Clients must be Indigenous and must not be perpetrators of domestic violence.

Service Areas: Amanbidji, Barunga, Beswick, Bulman, Daguragu, Eva Valley, Jilkminggan (Duck Creek), Kalkarindji, Katherine, Lajamanu, Mataranka, Minyerri (Hodgson Downs), Ngukurr, Timber Creek, Yarralin.


Interpreters

Western Australia: Aboriginal Interpreting WA

(formerly Kimberley Interpreting Service)

Phone: (08) 9192 3981; Mobile: 0439 943 612

Email: admin@kis.org.au

Northern Territory: Aboriginal Interpreter Service

Phone: 1800 334 944 (24-hour service)

Email: ais@nt.gov.au


Information about the law

Western Australia

Northern Territory

General information about family violence

  • Safety planning - information from Dawn House in Darwin.
  • Ask Izzy - a national website you can use to find services for all types of things everywhere if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Domestic violence - LawInfo NT.


Resources for lawyers working with Aboriginal people

Western Australia

Northern Territory