Our History

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) Aboriginal Corporation was established in 2009
when four (4) organisations became one through a “regionalisation” directive from what was our then funder, the
Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department (AGD). In addition to that, a further Brisbane LGA service was
incorporated into our structure in 2014.

We were formed after recognising a gap in access to legal and well-being support services for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander victims and survivors of domestic violence, family violence and sexual assault. Without the work we do,
victims are either not seeking help, are not represented, or cannot access the level of intensive and culturally appropriate
assistance needed.

Our History

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) Aboriginal Corporation was established in 2009 when four (4) organisations became one through a “regionalisation” directive from what was our then funder, the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department (AGD). In addition to that, a further Brisbane LGA service was incorporated into our structure in 2014.

We were formed after recognising a gap in access to legal and well-being support services for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander victims and survivors of domestic violence, family violence and sexual assault. Without the work we do,
victims are either not seeking help, are not represented, or cannot access the level of intensive and culturally appropriate assistance needed.

Who We Are

We are the leading Queensland based Aboriginal-controlled organisation that provides family and well-being support and legal services. We provide holistic support to our clients and communities that have been affected by domestic and family violence.

We support Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people and communities to live free from harm, to realise their potential and empower them to be self-determined.

Our Mission

To address domestic and family violence and sexual assault of women,
children and men by providing free legal and well-being support
services through casework and more broadly through community
education, reform and advocacy. Ensuring services are reflective of the
cultural values of each community.

Our Vision

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in Queensland are supported to live free from family violence and/ or sexual assault.

Accreditation

We are a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC), which holds Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and is a registered Public Benevolent Institute (PBI). We are accredited under the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) until 2 November 2023.

Our Board

The Board is comprised of Regional, Independent and Specialist Directors that the Chief Executive Officer supports. Our Board
currently consists of Member Directors (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) and Non-Member Specialist Directors (non-
Aboriginal and/or non-Torres Strait Islander).

If you are interested in joining our Board, please click here or email ea-ceo@qifvls.com.au for more information on the application process.

ADRIAN GEARY

Chairman & Community Engagement (Independent)

HENRIETTA MARRIE

Funding & Renewal (Independent)

MARLENE LONGBOTTOM

Far North Queensland (Regional)

PATRICIA WALL

Partnership & Advocacy (Independent)

STEVEN BECKER

Financial Specialist (Independent)

GAVIN POWER

South East Queensland (Regional)

JUSTIN WELFARE

Deputy Chair Service Delivery (Independent)

PATRICIA KIRKMAN-SCROOPE

Legal Specialist (Independent)

ROSE MALONE

Central Queensland (Regional)

WYNETTA DEWIS

Ex-Officio Secretary (Chief Executive Officer)

VACANT POSITIONS

Member Board Directors (Regional)
North Queensland (NQ) Mackay through to Townsville & West to Charters Towers
Gulf & Western Queensland (GWQ)

Specialist Directors (Independent)
Corporate & People

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IMPORTANT DATES

Q2 BDM 16 February 2022 – Rockhampton
Q3 BDM 18 May 2022 – Brisbane
Q4 BDM 17 August 2022 – Mount Isa
AGM & Q1 BDM 9 November 2022 – Cairns