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Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA Infoline - 1300 650 579

Legal Aid WA Infoline - 1300 650 579


Legal Aid WA Annual Report 2016-17

The Annual Report for 2016-2017 was tabled in Parliament on 10 October 2017. It highlights the services and activities of Legal Aid WA as well as the key achievements and challenges. Visit the Annual Report webpage to view this report.

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme from 25 November 2017

In the past, restraining orders that relate to family and domestic violence only applied in the state or territory in which they were issued or registered.  This has changed.  On 25 November 2017, the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme commenced.  From this date, every new family violence restraining order (FVRO) and police order will be automatically recognised and enforceable across Australia.  This removes the need for the victim to go to a court and register their order. It means that the order can be enforced by local police no matter where in Australia the victim and perpetrator are located. 
Before you apply for an FVRO in Western Australia, check whether you have a current domestic violence order (DVO) against the same person from another state or territory. If you do, please get urgent legal advice before applying for an FVRO in Western Australia.  Call our Infoline for information or referral.
If your current DVO was made on or after 25 November 2017, it will automatically apply in WA without you needing to do anything.  If your DVO was made before 25 November 2017, you can apply to the Magistrates Court in WA to have it nationally recognised. This may be simpler, quicker and safer than applying for a new FVRO. If your current DVO was made in Victoria, or was an interstate DVO varied in Victoria, or a New Zealand DVO registered in Victoria before 25 November 2017, it will automatically apply nationwide including in WA without you applying to a court. For more information see Family violence restraining orders.

Changes to Legal Aid WA funding guidelines for protection and care matters

From the 1 November 2017 an initial grant of aid in protection and care matters will cover advice, appearance, the filing of a Response form and court attendance/s.  Click on the image to access a brief video on the Response form including its purpose and when to file it. From this link you can also view a sample Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support initial affidavit and a sample Response to this affidavit. It can also be accessed on Train-N-Track.

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WA has new family violence laws 

Watch this new infographic, WA has new family violence laws, to learn important information about new Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVROs). FVROs give greater support to victims of family violence, especially children, and make people who use  family violence more accountable. If you need an FVRO, call our Infoline on 1300 650 579 to make an appointment to speak to a lawyer. Click on the image below to watch the infographic.




Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order 

Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order is a new online self-help guide. It may help you if you need protection from violence or a threat of violence against you by a family member and you want to know how to apply for a family violence restraining order.

The guide contains step by step practical information, including checklists and "how to" videos by experienced lawyers.

This resource was created by Legal Aid WA in collaboration with South West Community Legal Centre. It is the newest of the Community Online Resource Essentials (CORE) resources.

Click on the image below to go to the guide and find out more.



When Separating - What you should know

 When Separating Home Page 


When Separating: Family Law + Roads to Resolution is a website resource where you will find Videos about different subjects important to adults and children involved in a separation, whether of a marriage or a de facto relationship.

As well, there are Info+Links pages listing where you can seek further information and assistance services.

For reference, the website address is

Legal Stories - connecting communities through legal education

Legal Stories is a new community legal education resource developed to help people identify legal problems that can crop up in everyday life and work out what action they might take to try to sort them out.
The resource focuses on four areas of civil law identified by the James Cook University Indigenous Legal Needs Project, as affecting the lives of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in WA: identification, debt, cyber bullying and driver's licence suspension.  
Legal Stories is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote WA who might be affected by these issues, the family and friends of people who might be affected, and a range of local community workers. The resource  is made up of  a series of videos, photo boards, handouts and background notes for community legal educators in remote WA. It can be used in many ways to suit different audiences.
To watch all four Legal Stories videos please click here.
To watch each of the Legal Stories videos separately, please use the following links:

Last reviewed: 18/05/2016

Last modified: 29/11/2017 9:19 AM