Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander engagement
knowmore employs Aboriginal staff in our offices, who are regularly involved in assisting our clients. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement team also has a leading role in our outreach and community engagement activities, including our work in regional, rural and remote areas.
As a program of NACLC, the national peak body of Australia’s community legal centres, knowmore is committed to being guided by the vision, experience and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and supporting their achieving, in ways of their choice, their goals of recognition, healing, reconciliation and access to justice.
NACLC and the knowmore staff are committed to ensuring that our services are delivered in ways that are culturally safe and respectful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Be introduced to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors. If you would like to have a yarn with Glendra, Sigrid, Dean, Robert (in Sydney), Fiona and Jade (in Melbourne), Elvis and Margaret (in Brisbane), or Nikki and Lone (in Brisbane) give them a call through our free advice line number 1800 605 762.
When possible and appropriate, knowmore will work in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal service providers. NACLC and the knowmore staff recognise and respect the unique role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, as specialist and culturally appropriate legal service providers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Australian Government funded
community-based support services
Since the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there has been increased demand for support services. The Australian Government wants to provide support to those affected by the Royal Commission and those engaging with the National Redress Scheme, when it commences in 2018, so the Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding a range of services, including counselling, case management, advice and support.
Learn more about our latest
activities and latest news
Last week, the Criminal Code and Related Legislation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill passed the Tasmanian Legislative Council. This Bill introduces a number of important reforms to Tasmania’s laws, and mandates for people in religious ministry to report on child sexual...read more
Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 passes Vic Parliament – religious ministries must now report abuse
Religious and spiritual leaders in Victoria must report child abuse to the authorities, even if it was heard in the confessional, under historic new laws passed in the Victorian Parliament last week. The Government’s Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 passed...read more
Early today, the Victorian Court of Appeal has dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his child sex abuse convictions. Pell has lost his appeal by a majority of 2-1 from a panel of three Judges. Chief Justice Anne Ferguson, Justice Chris Maxwell and Justice...read more