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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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n o rth e rn te rrito ry le g a l a id c o m m issio n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 2 9 In the West-Arnhem region, we have continued to build relationships with the two remote island communities that we service through regular visits, and particularly by arranging joint visits with HK Training and Consulting. Similarly, we arranged a number of joint visits to the urban communities that we service around Darwin with Somerville, Top End Womens Legal Service, Amity Community Services and others. By facilitating joint visits, we are able to collaborate with other organisations that service the same client populations to ensure that any gaps in service provision are identified and addressed and any double-up is avoided. In the Barkly region, we have reached an unprecedented level of collaboration with other stakeholders and service providers. Most notable is our involvement in the Access to Justice in the Barkly Group, which was formed in 2020 to drive the implementation of the Access to Justice in the Barkly Report recommendations. NAAJA, CAAFLU, CAWLS and NTLAC lawyers are working closely together to enhance legal service delivery in the Barkly. We have continued to service a large client base through regular clinics (both in person and by video link). We have also continued to engage in formal Community Legal Education activities at the Barkly Region Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility (BRADAAG), Barkly Regional Arts, the Corrections Family Violence Program, and with community members at the Hub. Importantly, these relationships provide us with a strong referral network for clients requiring nonlegal services to ensure that our clients needs are holistically met. Danila Dilba Health Justice Partnership Our health justice partnership with Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS), started in 2016 to connect DDHS clients with legal assistance within the health care setting, thereby enhancing access to justice, and ensuring more holistic service delivery. Since then, NT Legal Aid civil lawyers attend DDHS clinics on a weekly basis, rotating between clinics to meet with clients. This year saw a promising extension of the health justice partnership, when a team Legal Health Mob comprising a NT Legal Aid family lawyer and a DDHS indigenous outreach worker were integrated into the DDHS service. The integrated service has enhanced our health justice partnership by working with DDHS to draw on trusting relationships to address barriers to legal assistance, acting as a central triage for DDHS referrals, and providing in service training education and support to DDHS front line staff in legal issue spotting. Your Story Disability Legal Support Your Story Disability Legal Support (YSDLS) was established to assist people to engage with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission). YSDLS is a national legal service that provides legal advice, information and assistance to people with disability, their families, carers, advocates and supporters Indigenous Outreach Team with Tennant Creek Ofice Team

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