Our History

1994

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report number 69, Equality Before the Law:  Justice for Women, was released in 1994. It examined the barriers for women in gaining access to legal services. A key recommendation was that each state and territory should be funded to have a Women’s Legal Service.

1995

In response to this Report in 1995, a public meeting was organised and a steering committee was developed to lobby the Federal Government for Funding to establish a Women’s Legal Service in South Australia. After community lobbying, in October 1995 the steering committee was advised that its funding submission was successful. The Women’s Legal Service of (SA) was officially incorporated on the 4th October 1995.

1996

In April 1996, the first service coordinator, Jessica Cocks commenced employment and the process of setting up the service began at 135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. 

1997

On the 26th March 1997, the Women’s Legal Service of SA (WLSSA) was officially launched and opened by Robyn Layton AO QC. The first inaugural Annual General Meeting was also held on the 20th November 1997. 

1998

Women’s Legal Service (SA) received funding from ATSIC to establish a Family Violence Legal Unit.

1999

Funding was received from the Federal Attorney General’s Department to establish the Rural Women’s Outreach Program. 

2000

Women’s Legal Service (SA) relocated to 19 Market Street, Adelaide.

In October 2000, the Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Unit and the Rural Women’s Outreach Program commenced service in Port Augusta.

2001

​​In 2001, the Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Unit became incorporated as an independent body.  

2007

In June 2007, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY)  outreach program commenced. 

The program was a collaborative project between NPY Women’s Council and WLSSA to provide community legal education and legal advice and representation to Aboriginal women in the APY Lands. Women’s Legal Service (SA) has continued to have a presence on the APY Lands.

2010

The Port Augusta office was closed on the 30th June 2010.

2012

On the 24th February 2012, Women’s Legal Service (SA) moved to its then location at 151 Franklin Street, Adelaide. The office was officially opened by the then Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, then Minister for Finance & Deregulation. 

2017

In 2017, Women’s Legal Service (SA) received funding for a specialist Domestic Violence Unit located at Christies Beach. The Domestic Violence Unit was part of a pilot program designed to provide a more holistic legal response to victims of family violence.  Clients were able to access services of a lawyer, family advocate and financial counsellor.

2020

Women’s Legal Service (SA) once again moved to new premises, this time WLSSA is located at Level 7/45 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Women’s Legal Service (SA) received funding for a specialist family violence financial counsellor.

Emergency 

If this is an emergency, please contact 000 or 131 444 for immediate assistance. 

Legal Information Line

Our Legal Information Line operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:

10am – 4pm

Phone: 08 8231 8929

Free Call: 1800 655 037

Outside of this time you can leave a message with your name and contact number. Or you can email any queries to admin@wlssa.org.au. We will call back as soon as practical.

Contact Us

Head Office:

Level 7/45 Grenfell Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

admin@wlssa.org.au

Postal Address:

PO Box 262 Rundle Mall

Adelaide SA 5000 

Satellite Office:

InDIGO

40 Beach Road

Christies Beach SA 5165

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