WLWA has completed and is proud to release its 2014 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice's Gender Bias Taskforce Report (2014 Review Report).

The 2014 Review Report is the culmination of over 3 years of work investigating and documenting the extent to which gender bias exists in the law and the administration of justice in Western Australia today.

This work was undertaken through WLWA's 20th Anniversary Review Project, which commenced in 2011 with a view to delivering the findings in 2014.

The broad Terms of Reference for the Project were as follows:

1. To review the extent to which the recommendations made in the 1994 Report of the Chief Justice's Taskforce on Gender Bias (the 1994 Report) have been implemented.

2. To the extent that any recommendations in the 1994 Report have not been implemented, to investigate and make recommendations in relation to whether, and if so how, those recommendations may now be implemented.

3. To investigate the extent to which gender bias continues to exist in the law and the administration of justice in Western Australia, and to make recommendations for its elimination.

4. To consult with such government agencies, organisations, groups or persons as the Steering Committee thinks fit in relation to these matters.

WLWA would like to thank all those involved in the Project, including those who participated on the Steering Committee, on the nine chapter Sub-committees, those who engaged in consultations, provided submissions and gave feedback at various stages of the Project.

WLWA gratefully acknowledges the support that we have received for this Project from the Department of the Attorney General, the Public Purposes Trust, the Department of Communities: Women's Interests, the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, the College of Law and Francis Burt Chambers.  Research for the Project was greatly assisted by funding grants from the Public Purposes Trust, Department of Communities: Women's Interests and the Department of the Attorney General, for which WLWA is extremely grateful.

To view the 2014 Review Report, please click below (6MB PDF file):



A copy of WLWA's Media Release regarding the release of the 2014 Review Report is also available here:



23 September 2014


Executive Summary

You can read the Executive Summary for the 2014 Review Report here and the Media Release by WLWA here.

The Executive Summary highlights some of the most important recommendations for each of the nine chapters in combating gender bias and access to justice. WLWA encourages its members to look at the recommendations that affect you and start implementing the changes.

The 2014 Review Report was published in September 2014 and provides 197 recommendations to government agencies, organisations and groups, including the Law Society and the Western Australian Bar Association.

WLWA will be consulting with all of the organisations mentioned in the recommendations.

If you would like to comment on the Executive Summary or contribute to the implementation of the recommendations in the 2014 Review Report, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what your area of interest is, and how you would like to contribute.

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