Reconciliation Action Plan

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

Our reconciliation vision is to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build a just, secure and resilient Australia where all people have access to the rights and protections of the rule of law.

We are working to build stronger relationships and increase consultation with Indigenous stakeholders.

  • We seek to engage early.
  • We come to listen.
  • We come to learn.

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 Limited, Indigenous Business Australia, the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC), the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

We also provide pro bono services to the Indigenous community through a range of mechanisms, including:

  • our ongoing partnership with ORIC as a panel member to LawHelp, a referral scheme that gives not-for-profit 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
  • through undertaking work for and placing our lawyers with public interest clearing houses, community legal centres and not-for-profit organisations, such as the Arts Law Centre of Australia, that provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In addition, we offer some complimentary places in our training courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal students and government employees.

Our current Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-22 is lodged with Reconciliation Australia.