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Welcome to NAAJA

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) delivers high quality and culturally proficient Aboriginal legal services to the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Our Vision is True Justice, Dignity and Respect for Aboriginal people.

Our Mission is to deliver a range of innovative, high quality, culturally proficient legal services to Aboriginal people and the community.



In August, NAAJA’s legal education team collaborated with the Indigenous Hip Hop Project (‘IHHP’) to create three legal education music videos and two short films across three locations in the Top End– Lajamanu, Maningrida and the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin. This project explores the key legal themes of Respect, Law and Culture.

NAAJA and IHHP facilitated week long intensive legal education, song writing, recording and filming workshops in each location and explored legal themes such as respectful relationships, domestic violence, child protection laws, interacting well with police, right to silence, resisting peer pressure and joint criminal enterprise. The short films support the messages in the legal education music videos from Maningrida and Lajamanu, and address the relevant issues in greater depth.

The aim of this project was to employ a strengths-based, creative approach to produce legal resources by young people, for young people. The project enabled both old and young people to work together to encourage community to embrace Law and Respect as the foundations on which to build a strong community.

This project was made possible by the NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust.”


Elders filming on Beach

Elders filming on Beach

Recording Elders song

Recording Elders song









Links to music videos:

Lajamanu – “One Mob” –

Maningrida – “The Ripple Effect” –

Don Dale  – “Break the Cycle” –

Link to ABC story:

Links to short films:

Lajamanu – “Kurdiji Law and Justice Group” –

Maningrida – “Respectful Relationships”  – coming soon!

CLE Good New Stories – April/May

Kurdiji Law & Magistrate Sue Oliver

Kurdiji Law & Magistrate Sue Oliver

The CLE Team had a few busy months in the lead up to the dry season. In the March Lajamanu trip, the CLE team facilitated a successful meeting between the Kurdiji Law & Justice group and Magistrate Sue Oliver. “Community Law Stories”, the CLE Short Film project, is well and truly in production. The CLE team, with the assistance of a NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust grant, has developed an exciting cross-cultural resource, comprising a cultural handbook and film series focused on the community of Gunbalanya, titled “Karriyolyolme Konda Kunred – Talking About this Country Gunbalanya.

More on these stories here


NAAJA launch Gunbalanya Community Cultural DVD

There was excitement in community as NAAJA rolled out the red carpet and launched the Gunbalanya Community Cultural DVD and Handbook at the school as part of the West Arnhem College culture week.

Approximately 30 VIPS attended special screening of the main film – Karriyolyolme Konda Kunred – part of NAAJA’s Cross Cultural resource developed in collaboration with Gunbalanya’s traditional owners and community leaders. Even the Hon Warren Snowden MP dropped by and attended the launch.

The overwhelming feedback from the community has been a really positive one – with the potential to screen the film as part of Injalak’s launch of their new interactive space on 10 June 2015.

Gunbalanya Film Launch

Gunbalanya Film Launch



NAAJA and NTCOSS are currently conducting a justice reinvestment (JR) project in Katherine through funding provided by the NT Law Society.

JR is a strategy seen as having real potential to contain escalating rates of Aboriginal incarceration, particularly through its focus on building local community capacity to tackle underlying causes of offending.

The project is at this stage consulting with the community of Katherine to identify its level of interest in introduction of JR initiatives specifically designed to tackle offending by young Indigenous people and what those initiatives might look like.

JR initiatives might focus (for example) on substance abuse, engagement with school, family support and/or reform of the criminal justice system.

More information about JR is available at: or

For more information please contact:
Fiona Allison, Senior Research Officer, The Cairns Institute, and Faculty of Business, Law and Creative Arts, James Cook University
ph: 0411708619


NAAJA thrilled to attend the launch of the Plain English Language Dictionary for Criminal Law

Plain English Language Dictionary

Monday 27th April 2015

The ground breaking project, a four year collaboration between NAAJA, AIS and ARDS, is most likely an Australian first to explain frequently used criminal law concepts and terms. The dictionary provides a resource for judicial officers, Aboriginal interpreters and legal professionals working with speakers of Aboriginal languages. The collaborators received funding from the NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust.

The dictionary can be accessed here


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