First Nations Women’s Legal Program

The First Nations Women’s Legal Program provides services that best meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The program was developed in 1995, in consultation with Aboriginal women. WLS NSW receives valuable feedback and guidance from the Aboriginal Women’s Consultation Group, to ensure that all services are delivered in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner.

The First Nations Women’s Legal Program is staffed by Aboriginal women and offers free services including:


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FNWLP Outreach Clinics

IWLP-imageWLS provides free legal advice for Aboriginal women on family law issues at legal advice clinics in Blackett, Campbelltown, Cranebrook, Emerton and Liverpool. To find out more, including dates and times of the advice clinics please visit FNWLP Outreach Clinics.


Young Black Chicks Talking

This is a project about safe and healthy options in relationships. We made a video with Leah Purcell to get young Koori girls together and give them a voice. Listen to these young Koori girls speak truthfully about how they perceive relationships and what they see as healthy options in a relationship. Read more 

Dealing with FaCS – Top Ten Tips

wls_facs_booklet_cover_200This resource is designed to help women and families deal with the government services in charge of keeping children safe. The main department with this job is called Family and Community Services, or ‘FaCS’ for short. They used to be called DoCS (Department of Community Services) but their name changed in 2011. Read more

Our Dream…

Cover of Our DreamThis information booklet is about domestic violence and the law in NSW. It is designed primarily for Aboriginal women but may also be a useful resource for non-Aboriginal service providers. Read More

Royal Commission hearing into Bethcar Children’s Home

Roy-Com-bethcar-1-croppedWomen’s Legal Service NSW represented 13 Indigenous women, who had suffered sexual abuse  while in care at the Bethcar Children’s Home, in civil proceedings against the State of New South Wales. After more than 5 years, the case was settled and the women received compensation and an apology.

Some of the women told their story to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. WLS Principal Solicitor Janet Loughman also gave evidence our experience of the course of the litigation. Read more about the Bethcar hearing

Cyber Bullying

Screenshot of Think B4 U Click video on cyber bullyingThink B4U Click is an online resource developed by the First Nations Women’s Legal Program as part of the Cyber Bullying Project.



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