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    
  • 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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Community Legal Education Lawyers

(x 2 Roles Available across Alice Springs & Tennant Creek)
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CAWLS is seeking self-motivated candidates with demonstrated legal practice experience and a strong work ethic to provide high quality Community Legal Education programs in line with CAWLS areas of practice. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving access to justice for women.

We are looking for 1 lawyer to work in Alice Springs and 1 lawyer to work in Tennant Creek. Relocation assistance may be available (as per CAWLS relocation policy).

To view the Job Description, please click HERE.

Apply via Ethical Jobs HERE.

Submit your application as soon as possible, as interviews for these positions will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Further enquiries can be directed to recruitment@cawls.com.au
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DFSV Clinical Educator, Alice Springs

(Role based in Alice Springs, NT)
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CAWLS is seeking a self-motivated candidate to assist the Education Manager to develop an exciting new project supporting implementation of the NT Health Clinical Guidelines within Alice Springs Hospital .

Crucial in your success in this role is your highly developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to work autonomously as well as within a team environment.

To view the Job Description, please click HERE.

Apply via Ethical Jobs HERE.

Submit your application as soon as possible, as interviews for these positions will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Further enquiries can be directed to recruitment@cawls.com.au
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DFSV Education & Clinical Support Officer

(Role based in Tennant Creek, NT)
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CAWLS is seeking a self-motivated candidate to assist the Education Manager to develop an exciting new project supporting implementation of the NT Health Clinical Guidelines for culturally safe DFSV practice within Tennant Creek Hospital.

Crucial in your success in this role is your highly developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to work autonomously as well as within a team environment.

To view the Job Description, please click HERE.

Apply via Ethical Jobs HERE.

Submit your application as soon as possible, as interviews for these positions will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Further enquiries can be directed to recruitment@cawls.com.au
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Civil Lawyer, Tennant Creek 

(Role based in Tennant Creek, NT)
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CAWLS is seeking self-motivated candidates with demonstrated legal practice experience and a strong work ethic to provide high quality legal advice and representation with CAWLS areas of practice. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about improving access to justice for women.

We are currently looking for a Lawyer to join our team in Tennant Creek. Relocation assistance may be available (as per CAWLS Relocation Policy).

To view the Job Description, please click HERE.

Apply via Ethical Jobs HERE.

Submit your application as soon as possible, as interviews for these positions will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Further enquiries can be directed to recruitment@cawls.com.au
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Junior Criminal Lawyer
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An exciting new opportunity exists within the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service to join our legal team and develop the Criminal law practice. Full-time 2-year fixed-term contract (with the potential for extension based on funding and program outcomes).

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

Reporting to the Senior Management team, the Junior Criminal Lawyer will provide high-quality criminal legal advice and representation within the organisation’s areas of practice and guidelines. You will work with colleagues to deliver holistic and wrap-around services for clients, including appropriate referrals to other services and agencies when necessary. You will also assist with the provision of duty lawyer services and undertake outreach to provide legal advice and representation to women, including occasional travel to remote locations.

Crucial in your success in this role is your high level interpersonal and communication and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to liaise and communicate effectively with colleagues, external stakeholders and clients with complex needs and from diverse backgrounds.

To view the Job Description, please click HERE.

Submit your application as soon as possible, as interviews for these positions will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Further enquiries & EOI’s for this role can be directed to 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