AGS acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands across Australia. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. AGS's vision for reconciliation is to recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories and to work in equal partnership towards achieving justice and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
AGS undertakes legal and related services for a variety of Australian Government agencies that provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Aboriginal Hostels Australia, the Attorney-General's Department, Indigenous Business Australia, Indigenous Land Corporation, Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
We have an ongoing partnership with ORIC in relation to LawHelp, a referral scheme that gives corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 access to pro bono legal advice from AGS and other established law firms across Australia.
We also provide pro bono legal services to the Indigenous community through, for example, providing assistance in the credit and debt area of the Darwin Community Legal Services and through the Arts Law Centre.
We offer some complimentary places in our training courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal students and government employees.
AGS first made a commitment to reconciliation on 13 February 2009. We developed our first RAP during 2009 and launched it in January 2010. Our first RAP focussed on raising the awareness of reconciliation among our employees and providing pro bono assistance to registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations.
Our current RAP is lodged with Reconciliation Australia.
In 2012–13, AGS chaired the Attorney-General's Portfolio Reconciliation Network which is exploring ways of working together to increase Indigenous employment opportunities and a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
AGS is a signatory to the Attorney-General's Portfolio Indigenous Statement of Commitment.
Cover image: Emma Daniels, Karrinyarra (Central Mt Wedge) 2013 (detail), acrylic on canvas 90x30cm.
Copyright the artist, courtesy Tangentyere Artists.
Emma Nungarrayi lived at Papunya for many years and is recognised as a member of the Papunya Artists Movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Emma now lives in Alice Springs and painted with Ngurratjuta from when it first opened in 2004 until 2012. Emma is from Central Mt Wedge and holds the sacred and secret law from that country she calls Karrinyarra.