Liz Thomson


Liz Thomson
my naafls experience

I was fortunate enough to spend four weeks in February with North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service (NAAFLS) as part of my Practical Legal Training for the Gradate Diploma in Legal Practice.
During my time at NAAFLS, I was involved in some very interesting work. I helped with submissions on child protection matters, prepared and filed court documents and helped incorporate resources into Community Legal Education presentations. A particularly 'out there' experience was personally serving a Notice of Discontinuous on an inmate in the Darwin Correctional Centre. So you can be assured there will never be a dull moment during your internship with NAAFLS.

Another exciting experience was going along on a community visit to Jabiru and Oenpelli. As it was wet season, the community of Oenpelli was inaccessible by road so the ony access into the community was by a small aircraft. The views of Kakadu National Park from the air were breathtaking. Once in the community, I was involved in visiting the bush court, various stakeholders such as the local police station, women's safe house/shelter and health clinic, not only to promote our service but also to pick up any referrals of potential victims. This trip exposed me to the difficulties people who live in these communities, faced every day.

Darwin is a perfect place to spend your internship. It is very casual in comparison to some of the large Southern capital cities. February is in the wet season, which meant many spectacular storms. If you weren't careful you would get absolutely soaked, but the lightning strikes were electrifying.
Overall, my experience at NAAFLS was extraordinary. I learnt and achieved things I would never have imagined. The team was never too busy for a question and were always willing to help me improve my legal skills. I cannot thank NAAFLS enough for the truly amazing experience.

Liz Thomson
ANU / Uni SA