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We provide free legal advice for women in Western Australia.

Our Team

All members of our team are qualified, professional and have specialised experienced in the areas of law that affect women the most. We aim to provide a safe space for you to tell your story and always do our best to help you.


Carrie Hannington

Senior Executive Officer

I initially came from Aboriginal Family Law Services to join Djinda Services as a senior solicitor in February 2016. I took up the role of Managing Solicitor in June 2016 and became the Senior Executive Officer of the then Women’s Law Centre of WA (now Women’s Legal Service WA) we we restructured. I have diverse legal experience in both the community sector and private practice, as well as in government, public policy, unions and the health sector. I also have many years’ experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in legal practice, the public service and Aboriginal organisations.

Sarah Bright

Principal Legal Officer

I commenced as Principal Legal Officer in 2017. I originally come from Perth where I have practised exclusively in family law since being admitted in 2008.  For the past four years I have focused more on policy and law reform to improve legal outcomes for women and children in Australia in family law, family violence and protection and care. From 2015 I was the Senior Policy Lawyer at the Law Institute of Victoria and managed the Family Law Section including child protection and family violence responses during the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and related inquiries and ran my own virtual law firm in Melbourne helping unrepresented litigants better represent themselves in family law proceedings.

I am passionate about  improving access to justice and fair outcomes in particular for those experiencing additional barriers and disadvantage in our communities.


Lawyer – NPY Lands Outreach Solicitor

I was admitted in 2009 having first studied film and television before completing my law degree as a graduate. I have always had a passion for social justice and have spent most of my legal career working in the community legal sector including Aboriginal Family Law Service, Gosnells CLC, SCALES and since 2016 Women’s Legal Service WA. I am the outreach solicitor for the NPY Lands (near the WA and NT borders) and regularly travel to the central Gibson Desert region to provide legal advice and assistance to Aboriginal women in the communities.

I enjoy working with a group of inspiring and positive women at WLSWA.


Lawyer (Restricted Practitioner)

I was admitted in 2016 and completed my Practical Legal Training at The Humanitarian Group before joining WLSWA in July 2017, initially as a volunteer solicitor. I currently work part-time at WLSWA providing advice and discrete assistance to women across all our core practice areas – family law, family violence, criminal injuries compensation and protection and care.

I am passionate about working in the community legal sector and enjoy assisting and empowering women in relation to their legal matters.


Senior Solicitor – Djinda Service

I completed a combined Bachelor of Laws/Commerce at the University of Western Australia before being admitted in 2014. I have always been passionate about working in the community legal sector and have previously worked with Peel Community Legal Services, Albany Community Legal Centre and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation Family Violence Prevention Legal Service (Albany) before commencing with Women’s Legal Service WA as a Djinda Service lawyer in 2016.

I enjoy my role with Djinda and feel fortunate to work with some wonderful colleagues and clients.


Lawyer (Restricted Practitioner) – Djinda Service

I initially commenced at WLSWA as a volunteer back in 2010 (when it was the Women’s Law Centre of WA). I was admitted in 2014 and have experience from working in a variety of roles within the Community Legal sector, including Youth Legal Service,  the specialist family violence unit at Northern Suburbs CLC and currently at Women’s Legal Service WA in Djinda Service.

I am passionate about working with those experiencing vulnerability, especially victims of crime, and helping  to empower them.


The latest news & insights

WLSWA restricted services to 26 June 2019

11 June 2019 News

Important message: unfortunately due to recent staff illness and absences we will not be taking new referrals or making any new appointments prior to 26 June 2019. Our phone lines remain open for enquiries and existing clients and we will refer matters to appropriate services where that is possible; otherwise the Legal Aid Information Line can be contacted on 1300 …

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New Dates Available: WLSWA Family Law (Property) Legal Clinics

5 June 2019 News

WLSWA runs a free Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic once a month to provide eligible women with one-off legal advice about their family law financial matter. This is mainly advice about their family law property settlement matters but could also include child support, spousal maintenance, adult child maintenance or questions about court procedure or enforcement of current orders. Please note …

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