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We provide free legal advice for women in Western Australia.

Who we help

We are a not for profit community legal centre providing free legal services for WA women experiencing disadvantage or in crisis.

With limited appointments we target our services to women who have the greatest need and who may experience additional barriers in accessing support and justice.  That can mean women who:

  • have no or very low income
  • have limited access to other legal services, such as those in remote regions, those not eligible to access other services (including Legal Aid), or where their local community legal centre is unable to assist
  • are experiencing or overcoming family violence, or the trauma it creates
  • have a disability
  • are homeless
  • are in prison or remand
  • are from a multicultural background, particularly if English is a second language
  • are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • are experiencing discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

You can contact us directly or can be referred to us from other community agencies.  Where possible we provide general information and referral options over the telephone to any woman who contacts us.

Specialised services

In partnership with like-minded organisations we currently offer several specifically funded services for specific groups of women.

  • Djinda Services – provides specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Perth metropolitan area who have experienced, or are at risk of, family violence or sexual assault.
  • Safe as Houses  – is a specialised program that aims to prevent homelessness for women and children affected by family and domestic violence.
  • NPY Program – provides women in the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the Gibson Desert region with ongoing legal advice and assistance.

The latest news & insights

Welcome new WLSWA Team Members

7 October 2019 News

At the Board meeting on September 26th 2019, we were pleased to welcome Sarah Van Gent as our new Treasurer.  Sarah joins us as a highly qualified accountant with previous community legal sector experience. On Wednesday 9th October, we will welcome to the staff our new Principal Legal Officer Selena McCrickard.  Selena comes to us with experience in both the …

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Board Meeting 27 June 2019

25 June 2019 News

The next WLSWA Board meeting will be held at the offices of Clayton Utz Lawyers on 27 June 2019. We will be delighted to welcome to the meeting new Board members Julie Whitlock, Melissa Callanan and Kirsty Moore. We are privileged to now have the skills which our new members will offer, their profiles can be found here. Big thanks …

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