About Us

The Women’s Legal Centre is a community legal centre. We provide legal assistance to women who would otherwise go without. Our main areas of practice are family law, victims of crime, employment and discrimination.

We also:

  • Refer women to sympathetic lawyers and other support services
  • Run community legal education sessions
  • Produce information for women about their rights, the legal system and the law
  • Do research, law reform and lobbying activities regarding women’s interests

The Centre a safe contact point for women. You can find more detail on our activities in our Annual Reports.

Values

  • Client focused service.
    We prioritise the most vulnerable women in our community including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities; women dealing with family violence; and women with disability.
  • Respect
    We respect each client’s experiences and choices.
  • Responsiveness
    We strive to be responsive and flexible to client needs.
  • Relationships
    We value close working relationships with other legal and non-legal groups.

Accreditation

Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region) is accredited by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLAC).

The Women’s Legal Centre has voluntarily opted to be subject to the obligations of a public authority under Part 5A of the Human Rights Act (ACT).

Our History

In 1993, the Australian Law Reform Commission held an inquiry into Equality Before the Law and identified many issues relating to women’s inequality. In 1994, the Commission recommended funding a women’s legal service in every State and Territory, and in 1995, the Commonwealth government announced funding for women’s legal services.

The Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region) Inc  was founded on 13 November 2005 and received Commonwealth government funding in the same month.

The Centre was officially opened on 8 July 1996.