About Us

Who we are

Women’s Legal Service is a specialist community legal centre providing free legal and social work services to Queensland women. We assist women in the areas of family law, child support, domestic violence and child protection, as well as providing community legal education. Women’s Legal Service is a feminist organisation that has been developed and operated by women for women since 1984. WLS encourages, wherever possible a women’s only space. It is our mission to advocate to achieve justice for women.

Women’s Legal Service is committed to the creation of a society in which every woman:

  • Is safe from violence
  • Is able to tell her story, have it heard and respected
  • Receives a fair and just outcome from legal and social welfare systems.

Women’s Legal Service experiences a high level of demand. In the last year, we provided help to over 11,000 Queensland women. The work of Women’s Legal Service is made possible by over 180 volunteer lawyers, support workers and pro bono counsel, as well as our administration, marketing, events and HR volunteers.

Women's Legal Service gratefully acknowledges funding received from the Queensland Department of Communities, the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General and the Federal Attorney-General's Department.

Without this support, Women's Legal Service would not be able to provide free legal and welfare assistance to Queensland women who experience domestic violence and family law matters.

In addition to our State and Federal Government Funding, Women’s Legal Service thanks our sponsors Gadens, KPMG, Konica Minolta, McInnes Wilson, the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation and Evans Petersen.

WLS respectfully acknowledges the traditional peoples and homelands of the Jagera and Turrbul. Our service strives to respect and embrace the Elders, holders and keepers of the traditional authorities. We commit to assisting and supporting all First Nations women.

Client testimonial

“It has been such a relief to know that I can contact Women’s Legal Service with legal questions, especially as I live in a semi-rural area and was unable to get access or support from local centres.”

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