The Law Society of Western Australia is closely following the situation as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve in Australia and around the world. We are continuing to take measures to accord with those recommended by the Australian Government and are planning a scalable response.

Our aim is to continue to provide as many of the Society’s key functions as possible. The following measures will remain in place until such time as we advise otherwise. It will be ‘business as usual’ for the services not identified below as having changed arrangements.

This page is designed to be an information hub to keep our members informed with the latest updates:

Latest Information

Latest update from the Courts (27 April 2022):
Law Society Offices Visitor Protocol – COVID-19  

With the emergence of COVID-19 in our State, the Law Society continues to take measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and visitors to our office and the Old Court House Law Museum (offices).

From Monday, 31 January 2022 until further notice, ALL visitors over the age of 16 years attending our offices will be required to:

  • Sanitise and check-in either at reception or prior to entry (to the museum or Level 5 training room) using our QR code, or via the manual check in register.
  • Provide evidence of vaccination or a copy of your medical exemption upon request.
    Note: This can be done by showing your COVID-19 Digital Certificate via the Service WA app, or by providing a printed immunisation certificate together with your current photo identification. If you are medically exempt from vaccination, you will be requested to show your exemption certificate as registered through the Australian Immunisation Register together with your current photo identification.
  • Wear a face mask at all times unless you are eating or drinking.
  • Practice physical distancing per government guidance.

The Law Society has a duty of care to provide our staff and visitors with the requisite standard of health and safety in the office environment and we appreciate your cooperation with these requests. We will continue to monitor government guidelines and update our practices and policies accordingly.

Please note:

  • If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call to reschedule your meeting/CPD or organise an online meeting/CPD.
  • If your preference is not to meet in person, we can organise an online meeting.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, or choose not to disclose your vaccination status, we will, where possible organise for you to attend your CPD online. Please contact the CPD team on (08) 9324 8640 during normal office hours.

We thank you for your cooperation, and sincerely appreciate your understanding in assisting the Law Society to support the safety and wellbeing of our staff, our members, our visitors and our community.

ServiceWA – Proof of Vaccination

Based on the latest health advice, from Monday, 31 January, 2022, proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements will apply state-wide and be expanded to include new higher-risk venues.

Proof of vaccination is already required to enter some venues and events in Perth and Peel. »See Media Statement here.

ServiceWA is a free app that allows people to show proof of vaccination, check-in with SafeWA and access a G2G Pass for interstate travel – all in one place. It can be downloaded from the following links:

Guide to Assist the Development of a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Given the health risks associated with COVID-19, reasonably practicable steps may need to be taken that reduce the risk of COVID-19 being caught by workers or other persons arising from a business or undertaking. It is therefore appropriate to have a policy that reflects the requirements of any relevant Public Health Orders.

The Law Society has developed a Guide to Assist the Development of a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to assist our members.

WA Correctional Facility Entrant (Restrictions on Access) Directions

The WA Correctional Facility Entrant (Restrictions on Access) Directions came into effect on 12 November 2021. These Directions apply to any person who enters a correctional facility.

In particular, please note:

  • paragraph 5, which sets out the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements to enter a correctional facility;
  • paragraph 12 and Schedule 1, which sets out the facilities captured by ‘correctional facility’; and
  • paragraph 17, which defines ‘exempt person’.

The Department of Justice will provide further advice if the Courts become the subject of any mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

On 20 October 2021, the State Government announced a mandatory vaccination policy, which takes a staged, risk-based approach across public and private sector industry and workforces.

The Law Society attended an urgent roundtable which was called by the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday, 29 October. The aim of the roundtable was to inform the implementation of the mandates, including clarification of the role of employers and employees as required to assist with the Chief Health Officer to finalise the Directions which will be applicable.

The following are the key points which were raised which may affect legal practitioners that work within the Correctional Services system which has been mandated as Group 1 Industries and Occupations need to know the following:

  1. Anyone entering a Correctional Services Facility (Facility) for work and doing so more than once a week that does not have a valid exemption will be required to have had their first vaccination by 1 December 2021 and be double vaccinated by 31 December 2021.
  2. You will need to provide proof of your vaccination status at the Facility to be able to enter it. Click here to see ways you are able to show your proof of vaccination.
  3. Vaccinations records must be kept by your employer. Employees must provide this information to their employer. Please note that DOJ is working with the Department of Health to have all prisons and the detention Centre declared vaccination zones where anyone entering prisons for any purpose will be required to be vaccinated as per the timetable listed above.
  4. DoJ are also working with the Department of Health on extending the Group 1 Industries and Occupations and this may be extended to capture the Courts and Tribunals. Further information will be provided to the legal profession if this occurs.
  5. Your employer must comply with any Public Health Directions that require vaccinations in specific industries. Fines for non compliance apply – Individuals face a $20,000 fine and they increase to $100,000 for employers.
  6. The Public Health Directions are in place for the period that the State of Emergency orders are in place.

The Chief Health Officer has provided public health advice on a range of industries and occupations, confirming that mandating is necessary to reasonably prevent, control or abate the serious public health risk and is proportionate to the serious public health risk. Information and Frequently Asked Questions have been published on the Department of Health’s website.

Law Society Activities

Committees, CPD and Events
The Law Society and Law Mutual (WA) will continue to operate business as usual, with staff working remotely from home.
Committees, our CPD and Risk Management programmes will continue as planned, however, all will be presented online. Any changes will be communicated to attendees.

Support for your Practice

Given the health risks associated with COVID-19, reasonably practicable steps may need to be taken that reduce the risk COVID-19 being caught by workers or other persons arising from a business or undertaking. It is therefore appropriate to have a policy that reflects the requirements of any relevant Public Health Orders.

The Law Society has developed a Guide to Assist the Development of a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and would like to thank its Employee Relations Committee and the Law Council of Australia’s Industrial Law Committee and Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section for their assistance in the preparation of this Guide.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Our CPD sessions are being delivered by webinar and you can also access eLearning to obtain all your CPD points.

Sample documents – Resources to assist your practice

The below linked resources are designed to assist your practice with issues such as working from home and ensuring employee health and safety:

Coronavirus information and support for businesses

The Federal Government is providing government support for Australian businesses; click below to find out more:

Operations at the business.gov.au 13 28 46 Contact Centre has been increased from five days per week to seven days per week, and will provide additional hours of support outside standard operating hours, answering calls from 7.00am to 11.00pm AEST.

‘Essential’ Legal Services

The Attorney General the Hon John Quigley MLA has acknowledged the important work of the profession and our members, saying in correspondence “I have no doubt that [Law Society] members are providing essential services to the community during this difficult time.”

The WA Government’s Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions provides that people performing an ‘essential service’ include those with specialist skills “required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operation, where the service is time-critical” and “any judicial officer or staff member of a court, tribunal or commission.” »Read full media statement

Practitioners Taking Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney Instructions during COVID-19

The Law Institute of Victoria has released advice to practitioners on taking wills and enduring power of attorney, and the Queensland Law Society has developed a similar document.

Practitioners should note that Western Australian legislation differs from legislation in Victoria and Queensland, however the general principles and advice are useful.

Federal Government Advice

The Australian Government is continually updating its COVID-19 advice, information and resources. We advise Members to check for current information, including at:

or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.

Australian Taxation Office

There is support available for your business if you are experiencing difficulties with tax obligations:

Biosecurity Declaration
National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

The Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on 25 March 2020.  The role of the Commission is to coordinate advice to the Australian Government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the economic and social impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCCC has created an online planning tool to help business develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead. Click here to download the template.

National COVID-19 safe workplace principles

The national COVID-19 safe workplace principles will apply to businesses and workers. The national workplace principles released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison were developed in consultation with union representatives, the COVID-19 Commission and Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter. »Read more

Safe Work Australia (SWA) provides extensive information on COVID-19 for workplaces to ensure work health and safety here.

Western Australian Government Advice

This link from the WA Government provides updates as new information becomes available.

Communications from Courts, Legal and Other Organisations

The Society will keep Members informed of advices issued by various Courts or the Department of Correctional Services (re prisons), etc. These will be included in Friday Facts or separately advised via Member Alert emails.

Click on the links below for further information:

Supporting your Health and Wellbeing

Law Society members have access to LawCare WA, including the member assistance programme through Converge International and we encourage you to utilise this service if you are experiencing any distress.

Being Well in the Law is a health and wellbeing resource for lawyers. The publication, originally developed by the Law Society of NSW, has been adapted by the Law Society of WA to ensure it is relevant to the needs of local lawyers and to reflect WA-specific resources.

Contact Us

The Law Society would like to assure you that we remain available to help you with any queries you may have by phone or email. Our phone number is (08) 9324 8600 (within Australia) or email us via info@lawsocietywa.asn.au.

Quick Contacts

Department Phone Email
Reception (08) 9324 8600 reception@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Membership Inquiries (08) 9324 8692 membership@lawsocietywa.asn.au 
Find Your Lawyer Referral Service (08) 9324 8600 findalawyer@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Law Mutual (08) 9481 3111 info@lawmutualwa.com.au
CPD Support (08) 9324 8640 cpd@lawsocietywa.asn.au 
Old Court House Law Museum (08) 9324 8688 museum@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Francis Burt Law Education Services (08) 9324 8686 schools@lawsocietywa.asn.au
Media Inquiries (08) 9324 8650 communicationsofficer@lawsocietywa.asn.au 
Advertising (08) 9324 8650 advertising@lawsocietywa.asn.au  
Sponsorship (08) 9324 8650 sponsorship@lawsocietywa.asn.au 

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