Darwin Community Legal Service

Darwin Community Legal Services (DCLS) is located Larrakia country. We acknowledge the Larrakia people as the Traditional Owners of the Darwin region and we acknowledge Traditional Owners of lands throughout the Northern Territory. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

DCLS is a free, confidential multi-disciplinary, community legal service which provides legal help, support, and advocacy to help people ensure their rights. Some of our services are focused on Darwin or the Top End, and some are Territory wide.

With over 60 volunteers contributing via our night-time and Saturday legal advice services and in other ways, over 25 staff and 30 years of operation, DCLS has a long history of being a striving collaboration for positive change. Our legal help and support teams, which consist of the General Legal Team, Tenancy Advice Service and Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service, are located together enabling integrated client support. 

In all we do, we work to empower our diverse communities.

DCLS is the only generalist legal community legal service in the NT, and actively pursues opportunities to increase operations in areas of need. DCLS works to promote awareness and understanding and advocate and collaborate for change that promotes fairness and justice.