There is no legal impediment to Tasmanian Aboriginal people accessing the same legal assistance as other Tasmanian residents but the practical exclusion of many Aboriginal Australians from legal representation in the criminal justice system resulted in the establishment of Aboriginal Legal Services throughout Australia in the early 1970s. There is a Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service in Tasmania. This centre provides legal aid in a number of areas of law.
A person seeking aid must establish that he or she is eligible for Aboriginal services. The matter for which aid is sought must be one for which Legal Aid is available.