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Vision

Equal access to justice for all.

Mission

To provide quality legal and associated services to address disadvantage in the South West community.

Values

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Dedication

  • Commitment to Equity and Social Justice

Focus

  • Deliver quality services

  • Engage with others

  • Ensure sustainability

Funders and Supporters

South West Community Legal Centre Inc. gratefully acknowledges its funders and supporters:

  • The Public Purposes Trust

  • The Law Society of Western Australia

  • Australian Government - Attorney General's Department

  • Department of Justice

  • Government of Western Australia - Department of Attorney General

  • Government of Western Australia - Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

  • Family Advocacy & Support Services

  • Chef's Long Table Lunch

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About Us

History

South West Community Legal Centre (SWCLC) was born from small but important beginnings in 1988 when a pro bono solicitor began offering evening legal services.  There was a key need for community lawyers identified for individuals whom were unable to access services through Legal Aid or the Private Legal Sector. As a result, our services were built to bridge the gap between access to justice and assist those unable to access other legal services.

Originally called  Bunbury Community Legal Centre, our service underwent a name change in 2016 to South West Community Legal Centre Inc,  to better reflect our service area which covers the entire South West region of Western Australia.  Today SWCLC employs fourteen staff members, including Managing Principal Solicitor, Eleanor Yates, senior and junior solicitors, paralegals and non-legal support workers who work together to offer free legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable people who may otherwise be unable to obtain professional support and assistance within the region.

We continue to provide legal advice in a variety of family and generalist civil legal matters including both property settlement and parenting matters, child support, care and protection matters, restraining orders and domestic violence matters, criminal injuries compensation claims, tenancy, other civil claims including credit and debt matters, dividing fences matters and limited advance care planning. For more information about our services, please see the 'Our Services' tab.

Governance

South West Community Legal Centre Inc. is governed by a Board of Management and is an Incorporated Association under the Incorporated Associations Act 2015. SWCLC receives funding from a number of sources, all of which can be found above under ‘Our Funders and Supporters’. Our current board members for the 2021-2022 financial year include the following:

  • Board Chair - Jenny Pickworth

  • Deputy Chair – Carolyn Nankervis

  • Treasurer - Sue Della

  • Secretary - Karen Martella

  • Board Member – Georgia Wilts

  • Board Member – Nadia Howe

  • Board Member – Rebecca Harnett

Community Group of the Year Award (002).
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