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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

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 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.


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.


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

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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