NAAJA was established on 1 February 2006.
NAAJA is an amalgamation of three separate Aboriginal Legal Aid organisations providing quality services.
They were the:
- North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (NAALAS) established in Darwin in July 1973
- Katherine Regional Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (KRALAS) established in Katherine in 1985
- The Miwatj Aboriginal legal Service (MALS) established in 1996
In 2005, the Australian Government informed the Aboriginal Legal Aid Services in the Northern Territory that the funding of these services would cease, and that a contract would be put to tender for the delivery of these services.
The Australian Government’s tender contract for the delivery of the Legal Aid Services in the Northern Territory was split into two regions – The Northern Region and the Southern Region.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) tendered for the Southern Region.
NAALAS, KRALAS and MALS decided to join forces and tender for the Northern Region contract.
This involved the dissolution of the three former entities and the formation of a new single Company that successfully tendered for the contract. On the February 2006, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency was born.
NAAJA have released a 40th Anniversary Booklet. A copy of the booklet can be found below.