The Midland Debt & Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas) came into existence as a legal entity on 5 October 1989, originally incorporated as the Midland Debt Counselling Service. At the time the organisation only comprised one Financial Counsellor and a part-time Administrator.
In order to reflect changes in the Constitution and forward the development of services provided, on 1 November 1996 the name was officially changed to Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advice Service (and a solicitor was employed at the time for a period of 12 months).
In 2001 the Tenants Advocacy Service was set up, providing assistance to vulnerable clients at risk of eviction and advocating for the homeless, the majority of which being Indigenous families.
In 2004 discussions at a managerial level determined that the aspect of ‘legal advice’ ought not to be emphasised as the solicitor (now via the Legal Service which began in 2005) works closely with advocates, caseworkers and the financial counsellor (along with other dedicated personnel and volunteers).
Midlas had become well know in the area, ‘advice’ was substituted for ‘advocacy’ at a special resolution attended by members of the organisation. A Certificate of Incorporation on Change of Name for Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service Inc became official on 31 October 2005.
Whist already declared as a charitable organisation, further changes to the constitution were approved and made official in 2007 and as a result Midlas has been endorsed by the ATO as a Public Benevolent Institution and a Deductible Gift Recipient.