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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 

Interpreting services

Legal Aid WA uses the services of accredited and confidential interpreters where needed. Please let our staff know if you need an interpreter when making an appointment. Appointments can be made in person at any Legal Aid WA office or through Legal Aid WA's InfoLine on 1300 650 579.   

You may also find the following accredited interpreting services helpful: 

Legal Aid WA receives a number of calls each year from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who need help and advice about child protection or about Family Court issues. Legal Aid WA has a specialised Children's Court (Protection) Services that provides information and advice to parents responding to a protection application made by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. The Legal Aid WA website also has important information about How does the Family Court of WA deal with a children's case?, Children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and Children - protection and care matters  that may be helpful if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. You can also find general Information about the law on the Legal Aid WA website. 

Further government and community services providing information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed below. These services are not Legal Aid WA services. Legal Aid WA expressly disclaims any liability and responsibility for the advice and information provided by non Legal Aid WA services and advises there may be other organisations able to provide you with advice and information that are not included on this website. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Legal Aid WA InfoLine on 1300 650 579.  

Community services

Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Services Inc provides an assessment, treatment and referral program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experiencing difficulties with drug use. They also offer training and support to families and people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are having difficulties with drugs. For more information, contact Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Services on  (08) 9221 1411.  

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Inc (ALSWA) provides legal advice and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia. ALSWA has offices at Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Laverton, Meekatharra, Newman, Northam, Roebourne and South Hedland. For more information, contact the Perth office of Aboriginal Legal Services on (08) 9265 6666 or 1800 019 900.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA provides accredited cross cultural training for people delivering health care service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more information contact the Aboriginal Health Council of WA on (08) 9227 1631.

Aboriginal Hostels Limited provides temporary hostel accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. You can find the locations and contact details for hostels in Western Australia on the website or contact the Aboriginal Hostels Limited  Perth office on (08) 9349 2548. 

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service provides a wide range of health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more information contact Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service on (08) 9421 3888.  

Yorganop Association Incorporated staff provide cultural training to foster people who care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in short term or long term placements. Staff monitor foster care placements and liaise with government departments on behalf of family members to assist with family reunification. For more information contact Yorganop Association on  (08) 9321 9090.

Yorgum Aboriginal Counselling Service provides a confidential, community based counselling and referral service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information contact the Yorgum Aboriginal Counselling Service on (08) 9218 9477.


Government services

Aboriginal Mediation Service provides a free dispute resolution service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help with inter and intra-family feuding. For more information, contact the Aboriginal Mediation Service on (08) 9264 6150.

Aboriginal Policy and Services Directorate staff work with Aboriginal community members to reduce the over representation of Aboriginal people in prisons. For more information, contact the Aboriginal Services Directorate on (08) 9264 6105.

Aboriginal Visitors Scheme (Department for Corrective Services) provides information, counselling and support to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples detained in prison, juvenile detention centres and police lockup in Western Australia. The service is also available to family members of the detainees. For more information, contact the Aboriginal Visitors Scheme on (08) 6254 8600 or 1800 282 429.

Centrelink Indigenous Services Unit provides information about a range of social security services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more information, contact the Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre on 136 380.

Centrelink has introduced free calls (from any landline or with a Telstra mobile) for Abstudy students (1800 132 317), those on income management (1800 132 594) and Indigenous people (1800 136 380)

Department of Aboriginal Affairs staff provide general information to the public about protocols and etiquette for follow when engaging with Indigenous people or when entering Aboriginal land. For more information, contact the Department of Aboriginal Affairs on 1300 651 077.

The Department of Commerce - Consumer Protection's website has additional information for Indigenous consumers including publications. 

Indigenous consumers and community organisations can report instances of unfair trading practices by ringing the National Indigenous Hotline on 1300 303 143.The hotline operates between 8.30am and 8pm Eastern Standard Time (6.30am-6pm in WA). Alternatively consumers can call 1300 30 40 54 to access the Department of Commerce Consumer Protection’s WA-based Indigenous community education officers. The department also has six regional offices in Albany, Bunbury, Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Karratha 

 Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provides information about  Commonwealth grants available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For more information, contact FaHCSIA on (08) 9229 1500 or 1300 653 277.

Native Title Tribunal staff are available to accept and assess applications for Native Title, provide information about the Native Title processes and mediating Native Title claims. Information from The Register of Native Title Claims, the National Native Title Register and the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements can be obtained from the Native Title Tribunal. For more information, contact the Native Title Tribunal Western Australia State Registry on (08) 268 9700 or 1800 640 501.  

Western Australia Police Service Indigenous and Community Diversity Unit staff are available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples access police services. For more information, contact the Western Australia Police Service on 131 444 or contact the Western Australia Police Service Aboriginal Corporate Development Unit on (08) 9222 1510. 

Important: The telephone numbers listed above  for the Western Australia Police Service are not the telephone numbers to be used in an emergency or life threatening situation. If you have an emergency or life threatening situation, contact the Western Australia Police Service on 000.

  

Last reviewed: 10/09/2010

Last Modified: 05/06/2014

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The material displayed on this page is intended for information only. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia believes that the information provided is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.