Law Reform/Social Justice

The closing date for online submissions to the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review has been extended to Friday 31 January 2014.
The Commission invites submissions from:
- women who have experienced discrimination while pregnant, and women and men who experienced discrimination while on parental leave, and/or upon their return to work following parental leave;
- organisations that work with women who have experienced discrimination while pregnant, and women and men who experienced discrimination while on parental leave, and/or upon their return to work following parental leave; and
- employers and business and industry associations with experience in managing pregnancy in the workplace, and employees taking parental leave or returning to work after parental leave.
Submissions can be made at the following website:

Event date 31 Jan 2014, 11:55 pm
Event End Date 31 Jan 2014, 11:55 pm

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into future options for childcare and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children's learning and development needs. For more information, see the article in Latest News.

Event date 03 Feb 2014, 5:00 pm
Event End Date 03 Feb 2014, 5:00 pm
Cut off date 03 Feb 2014, 12:00 am

See the Latest News section for Equal Pay Day events

Event date 19 Aug 2014, 12:00 am
Event End Date 19 Aug 2014, 12:00 am

By Invitation only

On 23 September 2014 WLWA will formally launch its 2014 Gender Bias Taskforce Review Report (2014 Report). WLWA is very grateful for the support and contributions to the 2014 Report, which is the culmination of three years of hard work investigating and documenting the extent to which gender bias exists in the law and administration of justice in Western Australia today.

The 2014 Report will be launched at a function to be held in the Supreme Court foyer on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

At this function we will celebrate the release of this key report, acknowledge those who have had a role in the project, and discuss the recommendations and action required to see those recommendations achieved moving forward.

We gratefully acknowledge the support that we have received for the 20th Anniversary Review Project from the Department of the Attorney General, the Public Purposes Trust, the Department of Communities: Women's Interests, the Chief Justice, the College of Law and Francis Burt Chambers.

Please note the function is by invitation only.

Event date 23 Sep 2014, 5:00 pm
Event End Date 23 Sep 2014, 7:00 pm
Location Supreme Court of Western Australia (Stirling Garden)

The UN has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world

Event date 11 Oct 2014, 12:00 am

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WLWA and sponsor, Mills Oakley, are proud to present this CPD seminar addressing emerging laws concerning the portrayal of body image on Thursday 1 September 2016 at 5:45pm for a 6pm start.

Have you ever seen images of extremely thin women and felt you body image plummet? You are not alone. Countless women experience these issues worldwide. Some governments have decided to take action passing laws that require models to have a minimum BMI and for warnings to accompany any images photo shopped so the models appear thinner.

Speaker Dr Marilyn Bromberg-Krawitz, Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia Law School (Fremantle Campus) and solicitor at Janssen + Maluga Legal, has researched this new and important area of law. She spoke about the topic at a recent Victorian Women Lawyers event and was the invited speaker for the International Women's Day at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr Bromberg-Krawitz share her knowledge on this 'body' of emerging law and to network before, and after, the one hour seminar (nibbles and drinks provided). Invite fellow women lawyers friends by sharing the flyer or this link.

When:      Thursday 1 September 2016 from 5.45pm to 7.30pm for a 6pm start

CPD:        1 point in Competency Area 4 - Substantive Law

Where:     Mills Oakley, Level 2, 225 St Georges Tce, Perth

Cost:        WLWA Members: $45 (members must login before registering to receive this special price)

               Non-members:    $75



Event date 01 Sep 2016, 5:45 pm
Event End Date 01 Sep 2016, 7:30 pm
Registration Start Date 13 Jul 2016, 8:00 am
Cut off date 01 Sep 2016, 4:00 pm
Available places 12
Price $75.00
Speaker Dr Marilyn Bromberg-Krawitz
Number Hours 1.0 hour (Competency Area 4 - Substantive Law)
Location Mills Oakley

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Join WLWA for a panel discussion on career paths for women in the legal profession in Western Australia.
The panel discussion will focus on Chapter 2 of the 20th anniversary review on the implementation of the 1994 report of the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on gender bias in the law and the administration of justice in WA, entitled Career Paths for Women in the Legal Profession.

We have pulled together a renowned panel of high profile women with careers spanning various sectors of law in Western Australia, including the independent bar, public service, private practice, in-house and academia: 

  • Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO
  • Justice Janine Pritchard
  • Charmaine Tsang, Partner, Lavan
  • Jodie Hatherly, General Counsel and General Manager Legal, INPEX
  • Kate Offer, Lecturer & Director of Disruption, UWA Law School

The panellists will share their personal experiences as a woman in law and discuss their observations and reflections on the report and their career paths.

You can review Chapter 2 of the report here and the Law Society of Western Australia's response here. We encourage you to come prepared with questions to ask the panellists.

Arrive at 5:00pm for the panel discussion from 5.15pm to 6.45pm.
Followed by drinks and canapés from 6.45pm to 8.00pm.

Cost: Members $50, Non-members $85, Student members $35.

You can join WLWA here.

Here is the event Flyer & the event Feedback Form.

Event date 05 Apr 2017, 5:00 pm
Event End Date 05 Apr 2017, 7:30 pm
Registration Start Date 15 Mar 2017, 2:00 pm
Cut off date 04 Apr 2017, 2:00 pm

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


The Joint Law Society/Women Lawyers Committee will be hosting their annual women lawyers event on Monday, 4 September, this year bringing back the popular high tea format.

Guests will enjoy a delicious sweet and savoury high tea in the exclusive penthouse at the Western Australian Club as they hear a keynote presentation from visiting guest Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia. We are delighted to have her visit Western Australia to deliver a special presentation for the profession.

Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to pose questions to the Law Council President and network in a collegial environment.

The High Tea is open to members and non-members and we encourage both women and men to attend, to celebrate and champion diversity in the profession at this important event on the annual calendar.

Numbers are limited for this special event, so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia

Fiona McLeod SC is the President of the Law Council of Australia and practises at the Victorian Bar, appearing in trials and appeals in public law and commercial matters. She has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1991 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.

Ms McLeod is a Past President of the Australian Bar Association and was the Chair of the Victorian Bar in 2013.

Ms McLeod has been recognised with numerous awards for excellence and leadership, for her work in supporting diversity and equality and her work in pro bono and human rights matters including human trafficking. Ms McLeod was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2014 and is a recipient of a prestigious inaugural Commonwealth Government Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award.

Event date 04 Sep 2017, 2:45 pm
Event End Date 04 Sep 2017, 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 31 Jul 2017, 11:00 pm
Cut off date 31 Aug 2017, 12:00 am
Price $75.00

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