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We are a not for profit specialist community legal centre

Who we are

We are a not for profit community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage.

In late 2018 our name changed from Women’s Law Centre of WA to Women’s Legal Service WA to better reflect what we do. However, our purpose has always remained the same. Since beginning operation in 2002, we have been WA’s only specialist community legal centre for women.

We are funded to assist women facing disadvantage and focus on helping women who experience additional barriers in accessing legal services. We provide legal knowledge and information to empower women to make informed legal choices.

Through our legal services and community legal education we raise awareness of legal issues affecting women, as well as educate women so they can make informed decisions about what is right for them and their families.

Additionally, we undertake policy development and law reform activities to ensure that the needs and rights of marginalised women are adequately acknowledged, represented and met.

We work to promote a legal system that is safe, supportive, non-discriminatory and responsive to the needs of all women in our community, particularly those who face disadvantage.

We believe that just and fair outcomes, as well as access to justice and support when needed, should not be dependent on gender.

Through the above and our collaboration with like-minded service providers and networks, we work to highlight the systemic and entrenched cultural issues which unfairly impact on women.

Our Mission

Educate women to know their legal rights

Support women in gaining equitable access to information, advice and advocacy

Assist women to achieve fair outcomes

Empower women to make informed legal choices

Our Values

JUSTICE – We strive to achieve access to justice and just outcomes for women

EQUALITY – We promote gender equality and cultural diversity

INTEGRITY – We value and uphold honesty, professionalism and dedication

LEADERSHIP  – We drive policy and law reform to redress gender entrenched inequality

RESPECT  – We treat our clients and our colleagues with care and dignity

 

Watch our promotional video which explains more about Women’s Legal Service WA and why we are here to help WA women. 

The latest news & insights

Employment Opportunity – Finance and Operations Manager

3 September 2020 News

An exciting opportunity is available at Women’s Legal Service WA in this newly created role – Finance and Operations Manager. WLSWA is at a critical stage of a strategic sustainability journey. Our 2019-2023 strategic plan includes plans for growth of services to meet our clients’ needs and increasing client demand, securing alternative and sustainable sources of funding, realising efficiencies in …

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NEW – FDV Financial Counselling Services

27 August 2020 News

Women’s Legal Service WA are pleased to announce that we now offer a specialist family and domestic violence financial counselling service to all women in Western Australia who are experiencing financial disadvantage and/or hardship. We would like to acknowledge the Financial Counselling Foundation for enabling us to provide this valuable service. We welcome Merlene, an experienced Senior Financial Counsellor who …

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