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History

The North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation (NAAFLS) is the incorporation of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Units (FVPLU) funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Indigenous Law and Justice Branch.

The Family Violence Prevention Legal Unit (FVPLU) in Darwin was originally coordinated by the Top End Women's Legal Service (TEWLS) to provide services to Top End remote communities from 1998.

KAFSU was registered as a business under the Northern Territory Business Names Act on 19th July 2000 to provide services to remote communities in the Katherine region. The Katherine Aboriginal Families Support Unit (KAFSU) was registered as a business under the Northern Territory Business Names Act on 11th August 2000. On 2nd June 2005 the Katherine Families Support Unit Aboriginal Corporation (KFSU) was incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976, Australian Government Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations.

On 15th May 2006 the North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation (NAAFLS) was incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976, Australian Government Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations. The CATSI Act 2006 started on 1 July 2007. All assets of the FVPLU program were transferred from TEWLS to NAAFLS in 2006.

In 2009 all assets of the KFSU were transferred to NAAFLS and all corporate governance and corporate management was administered from the Darwin Office. NAAFLS still maintains a Katherine office to service clients in the Katherine region.

NAAFLS is a member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres.