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We are a not for profit specialist community legal centre

Who we are

Women’s Legal Service WA is a not for profit community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage.

Our name has recently changed 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 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.

Our main areas of practice are:

  • family law (divorce, children’s care arrangements and some property settlement and maintenance matters and other matters in the Family Court of WA)
  • family violence (restraining order proceedings in the Magistrate’s Courts)
  • care and protection of children (Children’s Court of WA matters and those involving Dept of Child Protection and Family Support)
  • criminal injury compensation (arising from family violence or sexual assault)

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 our policy and law reform advocacy, through our collaboration with like-minded service providers and networks and through our community legal education, 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 new promotional video which explains more about Women’s Legal Service WA and why we are here to help Western Australian women. 

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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