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Women Lawyers WA and the Univeristy of Notre Dame Australia proudly bring to you our first ever CPD day tailored at what works for women at work. The seminar is both practical and interactive and will assist women in thier own practice of law.

The seminar will take place on Saturday 19 September 2015 from 11am to 5:45pm at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

5 CPD points are available, 1 ethics, 2 practice management and 2 professional skills. Participants can register for the full day, two sessions, one session or the afternoon session. Members of WLWA receive a discounted rate.

Chaired by State Coroner, Ros Fogliani, this seminar is one not to be missed.

Hear from keynote speaker, the Hon. Christine Wheeler AO QC on ethical considerations in your practice; from expert Andy Farrant about practically building confidence and resilience, from Karen Farley SC about looking afteryourself and managing risks and workloads (so you don't burn out) and from Cathryn Urquhart about concepts that work for women at work.

We also have a panel comprising the Hon. Christine Wheeler AO QC, State Coroner, Ros Fogliani and Associate Professor Jane Power.

This event is focused on the practical ways to maintain a legal career.

We encourage you to register by completing the registration form on the attached flyer and sending it to The University of Notre Dame by the return details.

Please forward the flyer to your friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you all there!


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WLWA encourages members to register for the Women's Council for Domestic & Violence Services WA with Rosie Batty.

Diana Warnock, former journalist and continuing women’s rights activist, will facilitate a candid conversation with Rosie Batty, author and Australian of the Year.

The food will be excellent and the company congenial.

Tuesday 6th October, 7.30am start,

Duxton Hotel, Perth

$60 or $93 with book

Bookings via:

Flyer attached

Questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 National Industry

In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors.

From July 1 2015 the initiative will provide women in the legal and professional services sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the legal and professional services sector at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.

1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

2. Women Managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

Expressions of Interest

To request a Scholarship Grant Application Form or additional information click here.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9000 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

fighting poverty

WLWA encourages members to attend the fundraising "Breakfast for a Future" on Saturday 5 September 2015 from 10am to 11.30am at Novotel Perth Langley 

The breakfast is being run to raise funds for the School of St Yared in Ethiopia: 

The school provides full tuition for talented, impoverished children from the poorest suburbs of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Yared Wolde, school founder, will be speaking at the breakfast about St Yared's amazing students and staff.

It would be great to members take part in the worthy event.

Please book your place by contacting Diana Stancu, Novotel Conference and Events Coordinator: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel no: 08 9425 1779

Please register by 2 September 2015. Click here to view the invitation for more details. 


WLWA encourgaes members to register for the Piddington Society CPD Consumer Credit Event on Thursday 10 September 2015 from 5.30pm at King and Wood Mallesons. 

Consumer Credit, Unconscionability and a Commissioner Former ACCC Commissioner Sitesh Bhojani will join the panel to discuss statutory unconscionable conduct and unconscionability since Amadio. 

All proceeds from the event will go to the Piddington Justice Project and the Consumer Credit Legal Service.

Mr Bhojani will join the panel in Perth from Melbourne where he practices as a barrister from Owen Dixon Chambers. In 1995, Mr Bhojani was appointed a Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC has roles that include enforcing the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and promoting fair trading.  At the ACCC, Mr Bhojani’s responsibilities included its enforcement activities as a member and chair of its Enforcement Committee; the Presidency, in 2002-2003 on behalf of the ACCC, of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network and finalising and overseeing ACCC submissions to various parties or inquires about competition or consumer protection issues.  He has written and presented many papers on competition and consumer protection issues.

Mr Bhojani will be joined by Aaron McDonald (Pragma Legal) and Curtis Ward and Georgina Molloy (CCLSWA), to discus unconscionable conduct as it applies in banking and finance matters 

After the event guests will enjoy some Piddington hospitality with the panel and other members of the profession.

The event will be hosted by King and Wood Mallesons and sponsors KBE Human Capital, Pitcher Partners, CT Group Solutions and Pragma Legal.

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The Australian published an excellent article on NARS on Friday 21 August 2015 titled ‘Giving women a fair go is an achievable goal’.

The article was written by Fiona McLeod and Stuart Clark and refers to the Law Council of Australia's new Inclusions & Diversity initiative. Click here to read the article.

WLWA encourages its members to support the female lawyers behind the clothing label J Cartel by attending the inaugural event, CODE.

CODE will be an evening of style and networking at the Flour Factory from 6 – 9pm on 10 September 2015. Tickets are $90 each with all proceeds going to beyond blue.

CODE is an event to create opportunities for Perth's professional women and is the first instalment of J Cartel's events capsule. The night includes delicious food and drinks, a key note speech by the Rt. Honourable Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi, a J Cartel styling suite, styling by Teagan Sewell and Elizabeth Clarke, Sodashi skin care, pampering by Bodhi J Spa and generous gift bags and door prizes.

Tickets are now available at  (Events Capsule).





board event


WLWA reminds members and friends to register for the WLWA CPD Event: Lawyers on Boards on this Wednesday 19 August 2015!

Join WLWA for an evening of networking focused on the contribution lawyers make in the boardroom. Experienced director and WA representative for Women on Boards, Lianne Cretney-Barnes chairs an interactive and informative panel discussion involving three legal professionals with diverse boardroom experience.

Attendees earn 1 CPD point - 0.5 points in each of Competency Areas 1 & 2 (Practice Management and Professional Skills).

Panel members:

• Alison Gaines, Global Practice Leader of Board Consulting, Gerard Daniels

• Ante Golem, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Director, Ronald McDonald

• Sue Wilson, Head of Company Secretariat, South32 and Non-executive Director,
Western Power

The panel will give you insight into:

• how to achieve your first directorship;

• the benefits of having lawyers on boards;

• the value of diversity in the boardroom;

• balancing legal risks with commercial imperatives in board decision-making; and

• the skillset required to be a successful and influential director.

Please come prepared with questions and comments for the panel and ready to engage with the WLWA network to make some great connections.

When: Wednesday 19 August, 5.30pm for a 6pm start

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 36, QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Terrace

Cost: $29 (members) $49 (non-members)

Drinks and nibbles will be served. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Register here:

Make sure to sign in if you are a member before registering.

Proudly sponsored by:

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Written by Daniela Ion

On Tuesday 4 August 2015 the AHRC launched new resources to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities about pregnancy in the workplace.

The resources were developed following the completion of a National Review undertaken by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s into pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

In July 2014, 15 years on since the AHRC’s last inquiry into pregnancy discrimination, the AHRC released the final report from its ‘Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review”

The review, which began in 2013, analysed the nature and the result of discrimination in the workplace related to pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work following parental leave. Women Lawyers WA made a submission to the review in January 2014.

Notably, the final report found that 49 per cent of pregnant women and working mothers encountered discrimination at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work. It also determined the strategy which would have the highest impact in reducing this type of discrimination would be addressing the gap that currently exists between the law and its proper implementation within organisations.

In response to these outcomes, it was pleasing to hear in October 2014, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet had provided funding to the AHRC to develop resources for employers and employees on obligations, rights and entitlements in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work in the workplace. The aim of the project being to maximise the involvement of women in the workforce through providing strategies to employers on how to manage and support working mums through pregnancy, parental leave, and on returning from maternity leave – thereby addressing the said identified gap!

As part of this project the AHRC identified existing resources and important practices and strategies for supporting working mums. The AHRC also intended to work with businesses to test the resources for aiding working parents.

For further information on the launch go to AHRC’s latest news page. To check out the new resources available go to the AHRC Supporting Working Parents initiative and new Employee Toolkit.

Overlap with findings from WLWA’s GBFT Report

On another parallel matter, it is fitting that at the same time that AHRC’s resources work was being conducted Women Lawyers WA released earlier this year the Executive Summary to its 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce Report. The report was published in September 2014. This report similarly shows that a gap remains between flexible working policies and how they work and are implemented in practice. The Report’s recommendations included:

  • The Law Society is requested to publish examples of best flexible work practices, to offer training to practitioners returning to the profession after extended periods and to request courts to list matters strictly between 9:15am to 4:30 pm;
  • Legal employers should have a reintegration training for women to assist those on leave or returning from leave to maintain their skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to areas of law, practice and technology;
  • The Law Society of WA should promote their mentoring programs, particularly to women returning from leave;
  • The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and State Solicitors Office should adopt more flexible conditions for promotion and support for women to progress their careers.

A report card is to be announced in March 2016 to indicate how implementation of the key recommendations of the 2014 Gender Bias Taskforce Report is tracking.

In the meantime, WLWA is always on the lookout for more member’s stories and ideas to promote reform regarding this topic. Please tell us about your experience and how would you like to see the legal profession change to further address these issues.

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WLWA would like to thank all those that attended our first ever Fashion Wonder on Friday night at Perth Town Hall!

The membership drive event was a great success with lots of new and existing members mingling with guests, enjoying champagne and canapes on arrival, and networking with some of WA's most unique designers. All those in attendance were able to explore the designer's pop-up stalls and access exclusive discounts on the designer's fashion, jewellery, beauty and lifestyle products.

The night would not have been such a success without the support of the fantastic range of WA designers and local retailers and their generous donations. WLWA were excited to be able to give away the following fabulous door prizes to 12 lucky guests: 

•Candle Box from Bridget Black 

•Piece of Jewellery from Killari Jewellery

•Piece of Jewellery from Envy Jewellery

•Ava handbag worth $100 from Ava Design

•$200 gift voucher from J Cartel

•Two Silk Scarfs handwoven from Fabric Social

•Clutch bag from Amanda Kaye Handbags

•Bangle from Sarah Del Chescoe

• Bottle of wine from Cullen Wines

•Recycled resin set valued at $104 from Dames and Divas

•Long-sleeved dress in the size of the winner from Perfect Black Dress

WLWA were also grateful for all the retailers offering discounts on the night including Bridget Black, Killari Jewellery, Envy Jewellery, Ava Design, J Cartel, Fabric Social, Amanda Kaye Handbags, Sarah Del Chescoe, Green Smoothie Co, Perfect Black Dress and Rana Clothing and Cappelli de Moda

The following retailers were also able to offer exclusive giveaways to members. Thanks to Bridget Black, Envy Jewellery, Ava Design, J Cartel, Cappelli di Moda, Amanda Kaye Handbags, Sarah Del Chescoe, Green Smoothie Co, Perfect Black Dress and Rana Clothing and Marshmalloz

Thanks to Cullen Wines for providing wine tasting all night and to the talented Paul Giola for entertaining guests on the piano  

Thank you all again for attending the event which really was a fabulous winter evening of wine, cheese, fashion and sophistication! We encourage all members to visit the websites of these retailers and support the amazing local talent we have right here in little old Perth.

Visit our Facebook Page to see some photos from the evening. Further photos will be uploaded shortly and we encourage anyone that has posted photos to tag WLWA!

Members who missed out on attending this event should check our member benefits page for member only discounts provided by local designers and retailers.



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