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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Legal Aid Queensland launches First Nation’s Advisory Committee (FNAC) Strategic Plan

Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) established a First Nations Advisory Committee in 2018 to lead the ongoing development of LAQ’s capability in providing best practice legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) membership includes:

1. Joshua Creamer, Board member (FNAC Chair)

2. Margaret McMurdo AC, Board Chairperson

3. Representatives from two community organisations providing general assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
i. Deanne Minniecon, Brisbane South PHN
ii. David Wragge, DATSIP

4. Representative from the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland
iii. Candice Hughes, Executive Officer

5. Two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee representatives; one lawyer and one administrative
iv. Marcia Sullivan, Lawyer, Mount Isa
v. Selena Rose, Conference Organiser, Ipswich

The FNAC launched its strategic plan on 25 March 2019. The plan provides four key objectives outlining LAQ’s commitment to reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system and the justice system.

  1. LAQ will increase awareness and accessibility of legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  2. LAQ will be a centre of excellence for culturally capable legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3. LAQ will be a significant employer within the legal profession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  4. LAQ will contribute to developing a more equitable justice system that addresses the disparity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the broader legal profession

You can read the full LAQ First Nations Strategic Plan 2018-22 at http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/About-us/Corporate-publications/First-Nations-Strategic-Plan-2018–22

 

Josh Creamer

Josh Creamer, Board member (FNAC Chair)

Anthony Rielly

Anthony Rielly

  • Child Protection Environment

    53.7%

    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

    69,200

    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.