National Legal Aid (NLA) together with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) will provide a free, national legal advisory service for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The legal advisory service will be an independent, trauma informed and culturally safe service that will be delivered nationally.
We are pleased to confirm that NLA will be registering the details of people interested in accessing legal advisory services from Monday 16 September 2019. You can contact NLA on 1800 771 800 between 8.30am-5pm AEST. As well as registering contact details, the helpline will provide basic information, assistance and referrals.
The full range of legal advice services will be rolled out over the coming months and will be available prior to the commencement of public hearings. We will continue to provide updates on all support services as they become available.
An interim website will be available at www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au from Monday 16 September. A national and separate website for the service will also be established in due course.
In addition to information about the legal advisory service, information about the legal financial assistance scheme is available at www.ag.gov.au. The scheme will provide assistance to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with formal engagement with the Royal Commission. The website includes information on eligibility for the scheme, how to apply and assessment timeframes.
Commonwealth-funded advocacy support services are available under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP). NDAP advocates will be able to:
Information about the program can be found at National Disability Advocacy Program, along with a Disability Advocacy Finder tool to help you locate a service provider near you. Alternatively, you can contact the Disability Royal Commission Hotline on 1800 517 199 or at DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au and we will be happy to assist you to find your nearest advocacy service.
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