COVID-19: How we can help

Legal Aid WA continues to provide legal information and assistance to the West Australian community during COVID-19. We are also committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and the wider community.

A dedicated response team has been formed to respond to the changing status of COVID-19, in conjunction with the senior management of Legal Aid WA. This team continues to meet and monitor the impact on our staff and the services they provide to the West Australian community.

We have taken several steps to minimise the risk of exposure and spread, which includes following guidelines about quarantine, isolation, social distancing and hygiene, and employing additional cleaning in our office spaces.

Managing the risk

Many of our services are offered in-person. You may be asked health related questions before having in-person contact with staff, including:

  1. Have you travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days?
  2. Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  3. Are you feeling unwell with symptoms such as a fever or an acute respiratory infection (for example – cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath)?
  4. Are you in self-isolation (for example – you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results)?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', you may be offered a phone or video appointment instead of an in-person appointment.

Our services during COVID-19

We previously made changes to the way we provided our services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

However, aside from the health related questions we are continuing to ask and compliance with the two square metre rule for social distancing, our services are now operating as normal. This includes a range of in-person services as well as services by phone, video, or through the Infochat service on this website. 

Get Legal Help provides information about our current services.

Any future changes to our service delivery because of the pandemic will be detailed here. 

Legal information related to COVID-19

We have created a range of legal information to help you understand the different rules and legal processes that are in place during COVID-19 and to offer guidance in responding to particular legal issues that have arisen at this time.

Courts and other organisations

Courts, tribunals and various legal organisations across Western Australia have taken active steps to manage the risk of COVID-19. This means there are changes to the way in which they operate and provide services. 

If you are due to attend a court, tribunal or other legal organisation, check their current procedures by visiting their website or telephoning before you attend. If you are unwell or need to self-isolate, telephone the relevant court or tribunal and follow the directions you are given.

 

Reviewed: 11 November 2020

Disclaimer

The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.