Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program

Who are we?

Dhurrawang is a specialist legal service of Canberra Community Law. We provide advice and representation to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the ACT. We can also assist Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities in south-east NSW with Centrelink matters.

Our work is informed by the human rights principles of participation, inclusion and self-determination. This means that we make sure that you can participate in and have access to all information relating to the decision making processes that affect your life and well-being. We will seek your input about how we can improve our service and make it more receptive to your needs.

We use human rights laws to support your case and provide human rights education to communities.

Our lawyers are culturally competent and respectful. We will work with you and your family in a way that suits your needs and respects your culture. We are happy to meet you at our office or to meet you somewhere else where you are more comfortable. Above all we will ensure that you understand and are involved in every aspect of your legal case.

If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment contact us through the National Relay Service.

How can we help you?

We can give you advice and assist you in dealing with:

Housing problems in the ACT, for example:

  • Problems with getting housing
  • Rent arrears
  • Evictions
  • Housing transfers
  • Housing debts

Centrelink problems, for example:

  • Applying for Centrelink payments
  • Appealing Centrelink decisions
  • Debts
  • Payments cut off
  • Claims refused

Race discrimination, where you have been treated unfairly because of your race, colour or descent in:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Accommodation
  • Getting or using services
  • Accessing public places

If you need help about something that is not listed here, we can help you to find the right person to help. Just call on 02 6218 7900 and let us know what we can help with.

Helpful links

Download the Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program Brochure (PDF)

Download the Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program Brochure in Easy English (PDF)

Visit our Housing Law Resources for further information about common housing issues and navigating the legal process.

Visit our Social Security Law Resources for information about Centrelink issues that affect people experiencing domestic or family violence.

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