About the Network * Contacts * Submissions and Reports
About the Network
The Womens Legal Services Network (WLSN) is a new network within the National Association of Community Legal Centres comprising the following services:
* Womens Legal Services (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Katherine, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville),
* Indigenous Womens Legal Services (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville),
* Domestic Violence Legal Services (Alice Springs, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney) and
* Rural Womens Outreach Workers (Dubbo, Lismore; Mildura, South Hedland, Toowoomba and Warrnambool).
Some of the agencies in the Network have been operating for over 15 years, others have been operating since 1996 following the expansion of Commonwealth funding for womens legal services.
Women's Legal Services between them have vast experience nationwide in advising and assisting women in relation to the law and the legal system. All the Womens Legal Services collect data on the clients they assist and the types of matter in which they are seeking advice. From this we know that most of the many thousands of clients contacting these services every year have a range of legal problems, including family law, domestic violence, sex discrimination, employment, and access to legal aid.
For many women experiencing problems, a womens legal service is their first and last resort for legal advice. Womens Legal Services therefore not only play a vital role in legal service delivery, they are also a repository of considerable expertise in the law as it affects women and how it works on the ground.
The Network has an Executive Group to assist in ensuring effective communication and coordination of the work of all the services. This meets by regular phone hook-up.
All members of the WLSN share the objective of improving womens access to justice. The purpose of the Network is to improve the effectiveness of our law reform work, and to ensure that our experience and expertise is made accessible to policy makers and politicians. The Networks priorities for 1999 are family law property issues and womens access to legal aid.
Take this link to the contacts for Women's Legal Services
Take this link to the contacts for Women's Legal Services.
Submissions and Reports
The submissions and reports listed here are by the WLSN or by member services:
National Network of Womenís Legal Services Submission regarding the Family Courtís Family Violence Consultation October 2002
Launch of An Unacceptable Risk: A Report on Child Contact Arrangements where there is Violence in the Family, January 2002 [Women's Legal Service Qld, web - go to publications for order form]
National Network of Women's Legal Services, Postion Paper,
Request for Submissions by the Family Law Pathways Advisory Group, July 2000
Sumission by the National Network of Women's Legal Services on the Family Law Amendment Bill 1999, 1 November 1999
Submission by the Women's Legal Service, Brisbane on the Federal Magistrates Bill
Summary of the Submission on the Issues Paper on Family Law Property Reform
Issues Paper on Family Property Law Reform [June 1999]
Fair Shares [May 1999]
Superannuation and Family Law - Women's Legal Service, Brisbane [Aug. 1998]
Rethinking Family Law Proceedings - part of the ALRC Reference on Adversarial Proceedings. Take this link to the submission by the Women's Legal Service, Queensland [Sept. 1998]
Primary Dispute Resolution in Family Law - Women's Legal Service, Queensland [ Dec. 1997]
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