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WLWA congratulates Western Australian lawyer Judith Fordham of Fordham and Roast for taking out the prestigious title of 2015 Telstra WA Micro Business Award winner.

Professor Judith Fordham, Barrister and Joint Business Owner will now proceed to the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards that will be announced in Sydney on 20 August.

As stated on the Telstra Business Awards website, Judith Fordham and Steve Roast worked on opposite sides of Perth’s criminal law system for 30 years. Coming together in 2012, they formed a unique multi-disciplinary law practice, Fordham & Roast. As a trial lawyer and forensic scientist, Judith’s skill-set perfectly complements Steve’s background as a detective superintendent. The practice provides a one-stop-shop for clients with criminal law problems, offering 24-hour assistance for those who need it. By taking a proactive approach the duo avert litigation, minimise expense and optimise outcomes. Their passion for justice means Judith and Steve’s firm supports clients – and their long-term wellbeing – as they journey through the court process and criminal justice system. By assisting with referrals to specialist support such as drug rehabilitation, Fordham & Roast make holistic care a welcome addition to the legal profession

For further information about the awards please visit  

NAIDOC Week amongst us and events are being held across Australia during July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Take five minutes to click on the link below and discover some famous and not-so famous indigenous women who have shaped the policies and laws in Australia for indigenous people.  

SBS TV through its National Indigenous Television (NITV) has put together an article which highlights 20 inspiring black women who have helped change Australia.

Many of these women were active in political and legal circles. Women such as Shirley Colleen Smith (1924 – 1988) who was active in establishing the Aboriginal Legal Service, or Nova Peris who was the first indigenous woman in Australia to be elected to parliament.

It’s just a shame our very own Dr Sue Gordon is not amongst this list. However, the WLWA and the legal profession in Western Australia salute her and the incredible contribution she has made to the legal profession and indigenous peoples of Western Australia.

Dr Sue Gordon








Retired Magistrate, Dr Sue Gordon (source )

For further information about NAIDOC week visit: 

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this web site may contain images of deceased people.



To mark the occasion of the visit to Perth of the High Court of Australia, the Bar Association and the Law Society will jointly host a dinner on Thursday, 13 August 2015 at the Government House Ballroom. 

WLWA encourages members to attend and support this important event.

 Please RSVP by 17 July 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WLWA encourages members to attend our "Fashion Wonder" Membership Event on Friday 24 July 2015.

The event will be held from 5-7pm at Perth Town Hall.

WLWA have hand-selected some of WA's unique designers in fashion, jewellery, beauty and lifestyle products just for you.

Your $30 entry fee includes member only shopping discounts at pop up stalls, champagne and canapes on arrival, an evening of conversation and networking AND a $10 discount off one WLWA event in 2015.

You can join or renew your online WLWA membership on the night.  We will have committee members set up with laptops to help you. New members need to bring their admission to practice date.

See attached flyer for more details.

You can register at the link here:

You must be logged in to register as it is a member-only event. New members can pay and join on the night.


Participating retailers include:

Bridget Black

J Cartel

Ava Design

Killari Jewellery

The Fabric Social


Capelli de Moda 

Amanda Kaye Handbags 

Envy Jewellery

Sarah Zel Chescoe


WLWA encourages its member to attend the special sitting of the High Court in Perth on Monday 10 August 2015 at 2.00pm to honour the memory of the late Hon John Toohey AC.

The sitting will take about 15 minutes. The Hon Chief Justice French AC will make a statement from the Bench by way of recognition of and tribute to, the life and work of John Toohery and his service on the High Court. It is expected that the statement will be incorporated in the Commonwealth Law Reports as occured after a similar memorial for the late Sir Ronald Wilson. The Court will be proceeding to a hearing immeditaely after the special sitting.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14 July 2015.


WLWA congratulate Dr Chris Kendall on his appointment to Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Perth.

Chris joined the Bar in the middle of 2008 and has made a significant contribution to the life of the Bar in many ways including teaching in numerous of advocacy courses.

Chris contributed also very significantly to the life and work of the Law Society (including as President) and to the Law Council of Australia. They are, of course, alongside his contribution with the Hon. Curthoys J via the writing and editing of the "Red Book".

WLWA wish Chris on behalf of all of our members, the very best for this next exciting chapter of his career.

As part of the 2015-16 Federal Budget the Government announced its Families Child Care Assistance Package. The Families Package focuses on increasing workforce participation through a more accessible and affordable child care system. The package includes:

New single child care subsidy

From 1 July 2017 a new single subsidy based on family income, will replace the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Programme. The new subsidy is intended to make the decision for parents to return to work or stay in work easier.

The new subsidy will include an activity test and be paid directly to providers of child care. To be eligible for the subsidy children must attend an approved childcare service and be immunised (as required by the Federal Government’s new “No Jap, No Pay” policy).

For family with incomes under $65,000 the subsidy will be 85% per child of the actual fee or the hourly benchmark price reducing to 50% for family incomes over $170,000. The number of subsidised hours a child can receive will depend on the number of activity hours the family undertakes a fortnight.

More flexible child care options

A new two year pilot program will provide subsidy support to families using nannies. This is for where due to the nature and unpredictable hours of work undertaken by the parents a family has difficulty accessing mainstream child care services.

The nannies trial will commence on 1 January 2016 and run until 31 December 2017 and will only be available to families on incomes below $250,000. It will subsidise an hourly fee cap rate of $7.00 per child based on family income.

Child Care Safety Net

A new Child Care Safety Net will provide additional support specifically to vulnerable and disadvantaged families. The Child Care Safety Net will be made up of three programs: the Inclusion Support Program, Community Child Care Fund and the Additional Child Care Subsidy.  

  • The Inclusion Support Program provides funding for services to support children with special needs.  
  • The Community Child Care Fund focuses on disadvantaged communities including in remote and rural areas,  
  • The Additional Child Care Subsidy picks up the support currently provided by the Special Child Care Benefit and Jobs Education and Training Child Care fee Assistance Program.

Support for Preschool programmes and the National Quality Agenda

The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education ensures that in the year before school, state and territory governments provide all children with access to a preschool programme for up to 15 hours a week or for 600 hours a year, delivered by a degree qualified early childhood teacher.  As part of the Families Package $843m is being provided over 2016 and 2017 to continue to support this programme.

The Government is also providing funding for three years to state and territory governments to continue its support for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

For further information, including the proposed new subsidy figures for fee assistance (per child per year),visit the 2015-16 Federal Government budget website:

Consultation process

Following the budget announcement, the Commonwealth Department of Social Services has recently announced it is undertaking a public consultation process on the new Child Care Assistance package. The purpose of this consultation is to help the Government assess how the proposed changes will impact individuals, business and community organisations.

Stakeholders, including families and services, are invited to provide feedback. This feedback will be considered by the Government in making decisions about implementing the Child Care Assistance Package.

Please visit to find out how to provide a comment or make a submission.


The Department of Local Government and Communities is funding Women in Global Business Mentoring Program scholarships to help business women become successful exporters.

The Women in Global Business Mentoring Program  aims to increase the international business skills of women business owners or leaders of enterprise. Women can develop their capabilities to engage in international commerce and grow their businesses overseas with confidence.

The program matches mentees with mentors who are successful business people with a strong track record in international trade. Mentees build their understanding of how to succeed overseas, develop connections and receive support.

Interested?  To be eligible mentees must be:

  •  over 18 years of age
  • a Women in Global Business member
  • a business owner or leader in Australia
  • registered for an ABN
  • a business owner or leader who has a successful business concept in Australia that is more than three years old

To find out more:  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Phone (03) 9648 3285  or Visit 

Applications close 10 July 2015.  

The Community legal sector faces a funding crisis. Law graduates face a jobs crisis.

The Piddington Justice Project will tackle these issues by connecting graduates with community legal centres. The graduates will get real, practical experience and new pathways to employment. The law centres will get some help from enthusiastic graduates, and a new source of funding.

With your support, we can commence our pilot project immediately and start graduate training in January 2016. Please pledge your support at

WLWA encourages members to consider attending the Australian Women Lawyers AGM most likely to be held on Saturday, 10 October 2015 in Melbourne, followed by networking drinks.  

With WA teams at 1 and 2 on the AFL ladder, some of our members may be planning to be in Melbourne for the AFL grand final on Saturday, 3 October. Although the date is still subject to confirmation, members planning to be in Melbourne for the grand final might consider extending their stay for a week and attending the AGM in person to network and  meet interstate colleagues.

For further information please visit AWL website  

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