Our History

CAWLS was born out of necessity. In the early 1990s a group of dedicated women legal practitioners began providing free legal advice to women in need.

Mostly these women were victims of domestic violence who had no other access to legal advice. Over time, it became obvious that women in Central Australia required a full time legal service. A submission to the federal government ultimately resulted in the creation of CAWLS.

Our Vision : We aspire for a future where all women and their children are safe, living with dignity and respect.

Our Values : CAWLS aspires to be … Responsive & Trustworthy | Inclusive & Empowering | Collaborative & Accountable

We want to create a bright and safe future for all women and children; helping them live with dignity and respect, free from all forms of violence and abuse.

CAWLS seeks to ensure that every client’s experience is validated and that they are empowered to utilise the legal and social welfare system to their benefit. By assisting every woman to the best of our ability, we are assisting the community to achieve social justice health.

CAWLS is funded by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Northern Territory Government

Accreditation​

CAWLS is accredited under the Community Legal Centres Association National Accreditation Scheme

Our Board

  • Alison Phillis, Chair
  • Belinda Pearson              
  • Sally Trigg           
  • Angelique Glasson, Public Officer        
  • Jayne McAlister
  • Kristy Bloomfield             
  • Tanya Turner    
  • Tracy Minniecon
  • Erika Hamilton

Annual Reports

The Annual Reports for the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service are available to view here:

Please feel free to contact us if you require further information or would like a hard copy of our current Annual Report.

Employment Opportunities

Would you like to join a dynamic, diverse and challenging legal practice?

The Central Australian Women’s Legal Service provides legal services for all women in Central Australia and Barkly region with offices in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

At CAWLS, we are committed to providing representation and excellent outcomes for our clients through law reform, legal advice and representation, community legal education and outreach.
Our staff are motivated, dedicated and ensure we provide quality service to all clients and stakeholders.

For more information on future vacancies, please address your correspondence to the CAWLS Operations Manager by submitting an application via email to recruitment@cawls.com.au
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CURRENT VACANCIES

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Youth Legal Advisor, School & Community Engagament
(Alice Springs)
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CAWLS presents a compelling opportunity for a female-identifying School and Community Engagement Youth Legal Advisor on a full-time 18-month fixed-term contract (with the potential for extension based on funding and program outcomes) Monday to Friday (8:30am – 5:00pm), stationed in Alice Springs, NT.

Reporting to the Senior Management team, you’ll work predominantly at Centralian Secondary College for 2–3 days a week, offering services to students, staff, and parents. The rest of the week will be spent at the CAWLS Alice Springs Office. You will work Monday to Friday (8:30am – 5:00pm), however, you will need to align your schedule with the school’s hours.

This rewarding position, backed by government funding, is a response to a critical need and offers a chance to design the role from the ground up. Some responsibilities may include:
• Travel to different schools to address the needs of the children
• Integrate yourself into school opportunities where there’s a demand
• Attend court proceedings with a student if the situation requires it
• Manage cases in partnership with the School Wellbeing Team
• You will provide referrals to young people and help connect them to a range of support services

To view the Position Description, please see HERE and to apply, please visit HERE.

For more information contact Alice de Brenni, Operations Manager, on (08) 8952 4055 or via email at recruitment@cawls.com.au

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Health Justice Educator
(Alice Springs)
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CAWLS is thrilled to offer an exciting opportunity for a female-identifying Health Justice Educator on a full-time basis in Alice Springs, NT.

Join a supportive legal team of multicultural women from all across Australia who are dedicated to the mission of CAWLS to enable, educate and empower women in navigating the legal system, and ensure the respect and consideration of women’s rights.

Reporting to the Manager of Policy and Education, your role will be central to our mission, enhancing access to justice for women by bridging the gap between health and legal services.

Your responsibilities will include:
• Training Design and Delivery: Develop and execute training programs for health service providers, including innovative eLearning tools
• Relationship Building: Establish and strengthen partnerships to enhance the integration of health and legal services
• Evaluation Processes: Implement and oversee evaluation strategies to continuously refine our training programs

This is a challenging yet rewarding role, offering a chance to shape and develop the position in a growing and dynamic environment.

To view the Position Description, please see HERE.

For more information contact Alice de Brenni, Operations Manager, on (08) 8952 4055 or via email at recruitment@cawls.com.au

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Social Worker
(Alice Springs based role)
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CAWLS is looking for an experienced Social Worker to join our dedicated team providing strength based trauma informed case management to women in Central Australia.

To view the Position Description, please see HERE.

A relevant tertiary qualification in social work or an equivalent discipline, and/or experience as a social worker or equivalent is a requirement for this position.
The successful person will support the CAWLS Team, by providing personalised and planned case managed support and advocacy for clients of CAWLS legal service, with a particular focus on First Nations women.

Through a client-centred approach, the Social Worker will support clients in areas such as housing, health, family violence, family reunification, linking with culturally appropriate services, community integration, NDIS and financial issues.

The application is to be submitted via Ethical Jobs HERE.

The application should include a cover letter to address the selection criteria, a resume/CV, and two referees.

For more information contact Alice de Brenni, Operations Manager, on (08) 8952 4055 or via email at recruitment@cawls.com.au
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Solicitors
(Alice Springs & Tennant Creek)
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Two exciting opportunities exists within the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service to join our legal team.

1 x full-time Solicitor to join our team in Alice Springs and 1 x full-time Solicitor to join our team in Tennant Creek. You must be eligible to hold a Practising Certificate in the Northern Territory.

To view the Position Description, please see HERE.

We are seeking self-motivated candidates with high-order advocacy and written communication and problem-solving skills, demonstrated legal practice experience and a strong work ethic. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving access to justice for women.

CAWLS is a busy community legal practice with a vibrant and dedicated team committed to providing representation and excellent outcomes for our clients through law reform, legal advice and representation, community legal education and outreach. Many of our clients are women who have experienced or are experiencing Domestic and Family violence.

Under the direction of the Senior Management Team, you will provide high-quality legal advice and casework, whilst enabling, educating and empowering our clients to better engage in the legal system so that their rights are considered and respected.

We are committed to providing ongoing training and on-the-job support to ensure you succeed in your new role. You will have the full support of an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly collaborative team.

Total effective package includes base salary, superannuation, leave loading, relocation assistance and salary packaging options. *Additional benefits apply for employees based in Tennant Creek.

The application is to be submitted via Ethical Jobs HERE.

The application should include a cover letter to address the selection criteria, a resume/CV, and two referees.

For more information contact Alice de Brenni, Operations Manager, on (08) 89524055 or via email at recruitment@cawls.com.au

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Other
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We would love to receive an expression of interest if you would like to work at CAWLS in one of these roles:

– Student or Volunteer

Send your expression of interest to recruitment@cawls.com.au

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