Other places you can get legal help
The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia provides legal support and representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in WA. It has a Head Office in Perth and 11 regional offices.
ALSWA may be able to help with:
- Criminal Law: advice and representation is for all matters, including remands, bail applications, sentencing hearings, pleas of not guilty, jury trials and appeals;
- Family Law: representation for protection orders in the Children’s Court, assistance at pre-birth meetings, and limited assistance for parenting matters in the Family Court;
- Civil Law and Human Rights Law: coronial investigations and inquests, racial discrimination, police and government accountability, false imprisonment, prisoner’s rights, and matters involving young people in the justice system.
Additional services include the Bail Support Service, Prison In-Reach Program, Custody Notification Service, Work Development Permit Service, Your Story Disability Legal Support, Youth Engagement Program and Community Legal Education.
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are not-for-profit community organisations that provide legal and support services to the public. There are 28 CLCs in metropolitan and regional areas in WA.
Most CLCs focus on particular client groups, legal problems or geographic areas. Priority is often given to people who are disadvantaged or having special needs. CLCs offer different levels of service, from legal advice and basic assistance, up to ongoing representation.
If you are eligible for help, assistance is usually provided for free or at low-cost.
You can find out more from Community Legal WA. Visit the website for each CLC for information about their services and contact details.
- Aboriginal Family Legal Services
- Albany Community Legal Centre
- Albany Family Violence Prevention Legal Services
- Circle Green Community Legal (merger of Employment Law Centre of WA, Humanitarian Group and Tenancy WA)
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA)
- Environmental Defenders Office (WA)
- Fremantle Community Legal Centre
- Goldfields Community Legal Centre
- Gosnells Community Legal Centre
- Kimberley Community Legal Services
- Marnin Family Support and Legal Unit
- Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
- Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service (MIDLAS)
- Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre
- Peel Community Legal Services
- Pilbara Community Legal Service
- Regional Alliance West
- SCALES Community Legal Centre
- South West Community Legal Centre
- Street Law Centre
- Sussex Street Community Law Service
- Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service
- Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre
- Women's Legal Service WA
- Youth Legal Service
Note: The Mental Health Law Centre merged with RUAH and RUAH provides a Care and Protection Service.
FVPLS provide information, legal advice, referrals, case representation, and counselling or support services. Their legal services cover the areas of restraining orders, child protection, criminal injuries compensation from family violence or sexual assault, child support and family law issues.
Links and contact details for the 9 FVPLS services across Perth and regional WA are below. A number of them are run by Aboriginal Family Legal Services.
- Perth - Djinda Services is run by the Women’s Legal Service WA and Relationships Australia WA.
Legal information and advice – contact Djinda Services at the Women’s Legal Service WA - (08) 9200 2202.
Advocacy and support services – contact Djinda Services at Relationships Australia (WA) - (08) 6164 0650.
Broome - contact AFLS's Broome office - (08) 9193 5455.
Carnarvon – contact AFLS's Carnarvon office - (08) 9941 3633.
Geraldton - contact AFLS's Geraldton office - (08) 9965 4654.
Kalgoorlie - contact AFLS's Kalgoorlie office - (08) 9021 0244.
Kununurra - contact AFLS's Kununurra office - (08) 9168 2001.
Port Hedland - contact AFLS's Port Hedland office - (08) 9172 5024.
The Law Society of Western Australia is the professional association for lawyers in WA.
Find a lawyer
The Law Society has a directory of its members (private lawyers and law firms). The directory can be searched using the type of legal problem, the lawyer’s location, and your language needs. The directory only lists lawyers or firms for a fee for service that are members of the Law Society and the results are displayed in random order.
Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the work undertaken by any firm listed or provided in a referral and is not liable in relation to any aspect of legal services they may provide to you.
Law Access is a not-for-profit organisation that assists people and community organisations find free legal assistance.
Apply for legal assistance
Law Access looks at applications for legal assistance and tries to match them up to lawyers offering pro bono assistance. Law Access tries to help people who will benefit most from legal assistance, who can’t afford private lawyers or get help from other places (such as Legal Aid WA or CLCs). There are eligibility criteria to determine if the legal problem qualifies for assistance and also a means test.
Visit the Law Access website to find out more about what matters Law Access can help with, as well as information about how to apply for assistance.
Reviewed: 27 April 2018