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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples

Who we are

We are NATSILS, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and we acknowledge that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live with disabilities.

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Source: Data Source: Avery, S. (2018). Culture is Inclusion: A narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. (external website, opens in external window/tab) First Peoples Disability Network (Australia). Sydney, Australia.

We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities face many layers of discrimination at home, at school, in organisations and in the community.

We have an opportunity, with the Disability Royal Commission, to make sure our stories are shared and heard.

We know that this will be a hard journey for a lot of our people.

Free legal help and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

We are setting up an independent national legal help service for our mob so that people living with disability, their family, carers and supporters who want to share their story with the Royal Commission can be cared for properly.

We want to make sure our service is culturally safe and helps people share their stories and to heal. When you share your story, it's important that your legal rights are protected.

We will also be able to connect you with culturally appropriate counselling and other support services.

We will begin helping our people early in 2020, but there is general support available to help you right now.

Please come back to check this page regularly for updates.

Do you need help right now?

If you need help right now, please call the general Helpline on 1800 771 800.

If you want more information on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, go to First Peoples Disability Network Australia's website. (external website, opens in external window/tab)

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The artwork is designed by First Nations artist Jenna Lee who is a mixed race Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman whose contemporary art practice explores the acts of identity/identification, label/labelling and the relationships formed between language, label and object. These symbols represent our guiding principles of support, inclusion and community, which will underpin the way we provide services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability.