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The ​Government-backed landmark report into the issues and challenges around gender equality in Western Australia was released on Wednesday, 3 June 2015. 

Committee for Perth Filling the Pool report will help guide policy. Speaking at the launch of the Committee for Perth’s Filling The Pool report, Women’s Interest Minister Liza Harvey said the findings would be helpful in developing Government policy.

“Achieving full gender equality requires the support and participation of governments, business and individuals,” Mrs Harvey said.

“The Government recognises the opportunities and benefits of enhancing women’s participation in the Western Australian economy and community and will examine the report in detail.”

The Minister said the Government had already implemented a series of initiatives to help bridge the gap in gender equality in WA.

“The Liberal National Government recently held its inaugural Women’s Consultative Forum where it brought together leaders in business, training and academia to the same table,” she said.

“The series of forums will form the primary mechanism for the way the Government receives advice and develops strategies to influence policies to attract young women into skilled trades and STEM educational streams and careers.

“The Filling The Pool report and its finding will complement and build on the work being done by the forum.”

Mrs Harvey recently announced a scholarship program to encourage women into trade and industry areas with low female participation, committing $1.2 million over four years for the program.

“These scholarships will provide new opportunities for women to carry out training in a range of trade and industry areas including agriculture, automotive, aviation, construction, food, electrical, engineering, maritime and telecommunications,” she said.

The Government’s second Women’s Consultative Forum will be held this month. The full report is available at

WLWA encourages its members to register and attend the upcoming Time for Justice Perth Boardroom lunch run by International Justice Mission Australia on Wednesday 1 July 2015. 

In our world, 4 billion live daily with the threat of violence, nearly 36 million live in slavery, 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade. Can this epidemic of violence be stopped?

Across the developing world, International Justice Mission is rescuing victims of violent oppression, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors, and strengthening justice systems. 

IJM encourages members of the legal community to join them for lunch to learn more about ijm'S WORK AND HOW WE, AS australian lawyers can play our part in this global effort to make the poor safe. 

Date: Wednesday 1 July 2015 12.30 - 2pm

Venue: Squire Patton Boggs, Level 21 300 Murray Street Perth 6000 Australia 

RSVP: Kimberly Randle, Strategic Partnership Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Humanitarian Group (formerly CASE for Refugees) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on empowering vulnerable people by providing professional and accessible migration assistance, legal advice and education.  They strive to do this in a way that embraces diversity and strengthens communities.

They help people new to Australia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including humanitarian visa holders, asylum seekers, refugees and people who are otherwise disadvantaged in their access to legal services. Some of these services include protection visas, family reunion, general legal assistance and community legal education. 

There are two generalist solicitors and both are responsible for management of the generalist practice, under the supervision of the Senior Solicitor. The Generalist Solicitor reports to the Senior Solicitor and CEO. They are seeking a highly organised person who can provide generalist advice, assistance and representation to clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.  We are looking for someone to be involved in Community Legal Education (CLE) including preparation of CLE materials and delivering information sessions to relevant client groups.  Additionally, there may be some limited law reform work.

You should have at least 2 years post-admission experience (preferably at least 4 years post admission experience) and ideally come with broad generalist experience.  You should be willing to learn areas of law that you may not have previously worked in.  You need excellent communication skills and the ability and patience to communicate with people who do not speak or speak only limited English, including through the use of interpreters.

This position is providing assistance to clients through the generalist practice and is not to provide advice in relation to protection applications or family reunion.  It does involve some migration assistance as outlined in the areas of practice above.  Accordingly, migration experience would be an advantage. You should have a passion for social justice and an enthusiasm to learn.  A familiarity with Community Legal Centres would be an advantage.

Please seeattached Position Description Form and Job Information form.

Should you require any further information or wish to discuss the position confidentially, please contact Helen Pearce, CEO or Kathy Bogoyev, Senior Solicitor, on 9277 7311 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WLWA encourages members to attend a free forum and workshop to help you get the tools to bring your ideas to life.

Presented by the Department of Local Government and Communities, in partnership with the Small Business Development Corporation, you will hear from inspirational business women, get tips on starting your own business and network with like-minded aspiring entrepreneurs.

Minister for Women’s Interests Liza Harvey MLA will open the Aspiring Entrepreneurship Forum. Three inspirational business women will share their secrets to success followed by a question and answer session. This forum is limited to 100 women.

You will hear from:

  • Jo Saunders – director at Wildfire Social Marketing, a Western Australian-based marketing consultancy specialising in social media and online marketing strategy, implementation and support.
  • Nicole Cassey – managing director and designer at Bubbaroo, an Australian owned and operated company specialising in safe sleeping bags for babies.
  • Kia Dowell - co-founding director and principal consultant at The Cultural Connection Code, a business and leadership development organisation specialising in growing strong connections between corporate companies and Aboriginal groups.

The Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop will provide you with information to set up an online business and to administer and maintain a website including online shopping and payment capabilities. This workshop is limited to 30 women.

Date and Time
Friday 19 June 2015
9:30 to 11:00am
Light refreshments provided

Exhibition Hall, Level 2,
140 William Street, Perth

By 12 June.
Forum Registration
Please advise of any accessibility requirements.

Date and Time
Friday 19 June 2015
11.30am to 2.30pm
Lunch provided

Level 2
Gordon Stephenson House
140 William Street, Perth

By 12 June.
Workshop Registration
Please advise of any accessibility and/or dietary requirements.

More information
Alison Sharpe
t: (08) 6552 1772
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The WA Branch of Australian Insurance Law Association(AILA) has two functions coming up in June.

The first is the annual Geoff Masel Lecture. Geoff is one of Australia's leading lawyers, Geoff Masel, who was in 1980 the founding President of the Victorian Branch of the Aviation Law Association of Australia (as it then was), died on 8th August 2004, aged 75. Although he was more widely and better known for his second to none expertise in other areas of the law, principally insurance, building and professional indemnity, he was a leading and experienced aviation law practitioner.

He joined Phillips Fox and Masel in 1952 and became a partner in 1955. After retiring as the senior partner of Phillips Fox (as it had become) in 1989, Geoff remained associated with the firm until his death, as a consultant, mentor and opinion writer as well as pursuing his long-time interests in legal education and writing. He became a sought after arbitrator and mediator (especially in insurance matters). Throughout his career, Geoff also authored 2 books and a myriad of learned legal papers. He was a must as a speaker at conferences of substance in his fields of expertise and addressed the Association's conferences on many occasions, the last being delivering the David Boughen Memorial Address at the conference held in Melbourne in 2002.

This year’s seminar is titled ‘The Insurance Social Contract – 1788 and all that".  The presentation is inspired by Geoff Masel’s life and work. It will discuss our insurance contract statute law and common law in the context of its social and historical origins.

Description - Ian considers some recent developments in disclosure, utmost good faith, contract certainty and misconduct. He makes some predictions and recommendations about the law’s approach to these issues in the context of the social and commercial background to these principles. “The Insurance Social Contract: 1788 and all that” signals an irreverent look at the historical movements and people who made the insurance industry. We need to remind ourselves of the great achievements of the insurance industry through these virtues, and its occasional shortcomings, while reminding ourselves that a sense of fun is also necessary.

This event is being held on Thursday 4 June 2015 at 7:15am at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel. To register please go to alternatively a manual registration form is attached.

The second event is one for the ladies. The WA Branch is pleased to present the first AILA’s First Women’s only High Tea on Friday 12 June at 3:00pm at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel. This is AILA's first Women's only high tea. The guest speaker will be the former Chief Judge of the District Court, Antoinette Kennedy.

Judge Kennedy was the first woman judge appointed in Western Australia in 1985. She retired 25 years later as the longest serving judge in Western Australia. For the last 6 1/2 years Antoinette was the Chief Judge of the Court. The first and so far the only woman in Western Australia to head a jurisdiction and only the third in Australia. When Antoinette retired she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (A.O.) and elected to the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame.

To register for this event please go to

A flyer is attached for the event. Recently changes have been made to the AILA website enabling non-members to be able to purchase member tickets. This should enable PA’s or staff to undertake registrations without having to use member's username and password however they will need to register to obtain their own username and password. 

Only two weeks to register for the upcoming CPD course "Issues in International Humanitarian Law."

The course is approved by the LPBWA for 6 CPD Points (1 – Prof Skills, 1 – Ethics, 4 – Substantive Law).

Topics to be covered include: cyberwar, autonomous weapons systems, women, peace and security and the latest developments in international tribunals such as the International Criminal Court.

Speakers include: LTCOL Darleen Young AM, Dr Lara Pratt, Associate Professor Dale Stephens and Professor Michael Crowley.

A six hour course held over two evenings, Issues in IHL is designed for those seeking in-depth knowledge and an examination of contemporary themes in IHL. Issues in IHL builds on the core content covered in the IHL Fundamentals course. There is no requirement to have attended IHL Fundamentals before attending Issues in IHL, however IHL Fundamentals is recommended for those who are not familiar with this area of law and the work of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Our next Fundamentals of IHL course is on 1 & 8 September.

Date: 10 & 17 June, 2015
Time: 5.30-8.30pm
Where: The College of Law WA, Ground Floor, 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA
Cost: $40 fulltime students/Red Cross is $40, $80 standard registration (non CPD) and $100 for CPD registration.

Please see attached flyer for more details. To register visit

Please contact Renata Sivacolundhu via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 08 9225 1928 if you have any queries about this course.

The International Justice Mission Australia are launching a Time for Justice campaign in August 2015. IJM's work is very compatible with what WLWA do and many of its programs are women focussed. These include programs to prevent violence against women, prevent trafficking for the sex trade and domestic servitude and campaigning to allow widows to keep their agricultural land.

IJM's method is to enhance law enforcement and the administration of justice, in large part by training and employing lawyers, advocates and social counsellors in the locations where they are needed.

If you would like more information about the International Justice Mission Australia please see attached brochure and visit the organisation's website at The founder has also co-authored a book, The Locust Effect, which explains IJM's work in more detail. 

WLWA's Winter Fashion Wonder

Coming soon - an excuse to shop...

WLWA is delighted to announce our 2015/2016 Membership Event which will be held in mid July.

This event will be a fashion night with a number of WA fashion businesses exhibiting their wares (or should that be wears? J ) hopefully for discounted prices or special deals. Ticket prices will be nominal.

As you know membership is managed through our website and membership for 2015/2016 will be opening soon.

If you have joined/renewed online for 2015/2016 prior to the event or join or renew at the computers which will be available on the night, you will be able to have access to this event. There will be computers and committee members available to assist you with renewing or joining up.

This is a strictly members only event with the only exception being people who are attending on behalf of a firm to renew or join up new members.

So watch out for the official flyer announcing the date, venue and pricing.

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WLWA reminds members and and non members that registrations for CPD Event "Making an Impression: Dealing with the Bench and the Boss" close this Friday 22 May 2015. 

The CPD is scheduled for Monday 25 May 2015 at 9 am at Allendale Square.  Junior practitioners can hear tips from the judiciary and a senior practitioner for appearing in court and learn methods to cope with gender bias issues in the workplace.

• Learn tips from the bench to successfully appear in court
• Hear examples of gender discrimination both inside and outside the court room
• Gain tools to overcome gender discrimination
• Understand career progression in this context

Speakers include Her Honour, Deputy Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Woods and Anne Wood, Vice President of Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. and Senior Associate at Kott Gunning. 

Register here

For queries regarding the event, please contact: Jessica Henderson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Belinda Giles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
For registration queries, please contact Susan Diamond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We have two payment options Paypal and Credit Card. Both options are processed through Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, choose the credit card option when processing payment. If you have any queries about this, please contact our treasurer, Susan Diamond on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Law Week Breakfast Keynote speaker

Deidre Willmott, CEO, CCI (WA)


The Law Society started Law Week this week with a breakfast to start the festitvities of lawyers engaging with the community.  The keynote speaker for the breakfast was Deidre Willmott, the CEO of CCI (WA) and former lawyer.

Deidre spoke about increasing diversity in leadership roles and how we can all take some steps to help increase that diversity.  It was an excellent and thought provoking speech.


With Deidre's permission, her speech is reproduced here.

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