Supporting the Legal Assistance Sector

The Government is committed to ensuring that disadvantaged Western Australians with legal needs have equal access to justice.

Legal assistance service providers

The Department of Justice does not provide legal advice or services.

The Government funds a number of organisations throughout the state to provide free or low-cost legal help to Western Australians who cannot afford a private lawyer.

Legal help can include advice, representation, document drafting and mediation, with many also offering a duty lawyer service in the state’s courts.

If you need legal help, contact your nearest legal assistance service provider using the links below, to learn more about their services.   

  • Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia provides culturally appropriate legal and related services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Community Legal Centres offer a range of legal and related services to their local communities, including dedicated centres that specialise in particular areas or law or among various cultural groups.
  • Family Violence Prevention Legal Services provide culturally appropriate legal and related services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced, or are at risk of, family violence or sexual assault.
  • Legal Aid WA provides information, advice and representation, and has a free Infoline and Infochat service available during office hours.

If you are not eligible to receive no cost or low cost legal services from the above legal assistance service providers, Law Access may be able to link you with a private lawyer who will help you without charging their usual fees (pro bono). Law Access also has eligibility criteria you must meet before they try to find a lawyer to help you.

Working together for a sustainable sector

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The Department of Justice, via the Legal Assistance Branch, chairs the Collaborative Services Planning Group (CSPG) as a requirement of the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-2025.

The CSPG brings together representatives from Government and leaders of the legal assistance sector to work together to maximise their reach so that services are targeted to areas of greatest need, within available resources.

In 2021-2022, the CSPG will develop a Legal Assistance Strategy and Legal Assistance Action Plan. Together, these key documents aim to ensure that the legal assistance sector has sufficient capacity and resources to deliver appropriate and timely legal assistance services to priority client groups residing in the metropolitan area as well as the State’s vastly dispersed regional, rural and remote communities.

Reports and publications

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Assessment of Legal Need – Social and Demographic Analysis of WA (2017)
 
Legal Need in Western Australia – a preliminary review (2017)
 
Legal Assistance Services Mapping in WA (2017)
 
WA Community Legal Education Resources Audit (2016)

Announcements

Media release

Tenders sought for report on WA’s legal needs

The Department of Justice is seeking tenders for an independent body to assess Western Australia’s legal needs so disadvantaged people can be better assisted.
Page reviewed 6 September 2021