The Law Society’s Public Purposes Trust Fund (the Trust) was established in 1985. “A copy of the deed establishing the Trust is set out in the Schedule to the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Act 1985 (WA) (the Act).” The Law Society of Western Australia (Inc.) is the trustee of the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Fund.

In its role as Trustee, the Law Society sets policies with regard to the investment of the Trust’s assets and provides administration services to the Trust. The Trust receives its income from two sources, being income from the Trust’s investments and 49% of the interest paid by banks, on Solicitors Trust Accounts in Western Australia.

The Law Society does not decide which applications receive funding. Applications are assessed through an independent three stage process by an Allocations Committee and the Attorney General.

For more information please read frequently asked questions.

Application for Grants are closed

Written applications for the annual (2022/23) or triennial (2022/25) grant from the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Fund for the financial year commencing 1 July 2022 are now closed. We thank all who applied for their submissions.

The Objects of the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Fund are:
1. To advance the education of the community and any section of it with respect to the law.
2. To advance the collection, assessment and dissemination to the community and any section of it, information relating to the law, and;
3. To improve the access of the community and any section of it to legal services.

The Law Society of Western Australia and the Trustees of the Law Society Public Purposes Trust Fund are not licensed by ASIC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth) in relation to the operation Law Society Public Purposes Trust Fund.