Overview of Indigenous Issues
The Law Society is committed to advocating for the protection and promotion of the rights of Indigenous people in NSW, and in providing opportunities for the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait individuals and communities to be heard by governments and other institutions. Through the Indigenous Issues Committee, the Law Society has made a number of submissions on key priority areas such as Indigenous incarceration rates, accessibility to justice and institutional responses to child sexual abuse in out of home care.
Indigenous Reconciliation Strategic Plan
Our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 is an integrated part of the organisation's core business. This plan will sit alongside the Law Society’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.
In 2017, the priority issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee are Indigenous incarceration rates; housing and homelessness; care and protection and family law; and domestic and family violence.
Indigenous Enterprise Legal Assistance Scheme
The Law Society of NSW and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce have partnered to deliver the Indigenous Enterprise Legal Assistance (IELA) scheme. The IELA scheme is a referral scheme aiming to provide free legal assistance to eligible Indigenous enterprises.
15 April 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. In NSW, where recommendations of the Royal Commission have been implemented, good outcomes have been achieved.
Working With Indigenous Clients
There are a number of resources available for solicitors to deliver practical and culturally appropriate legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.