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:

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

Legal Practices should develop a contingency plan to deal with the COVID-19 in the workplace. This plan should identify risks and do what is reasonably practicable to minimise those risks – click here to read more.

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

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 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

Temporary Industrial Relations Changes in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

»Read the member alert of 15 April 2020 for more information on industrial relations changes

Members should note recent industrial relations changes to provide employers in the WA legal profession with temporary flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members who are unsure whether these changes apply to their legal practice or employment, and the effect of the changes, should seek independent advice.

Notice to the Profession – CPD Audit 2020

The Legal Practice Board is aware that the recent spread of COVID-19 and the associated warnings and protective measures have created significant pressure for the profession, particularly with isolation and remote working arrangements. In the circumstances, the Board has made the decision that the routine annual CPD audit will not be conducted for the CPD year ending 31 March 2020. »Read full 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

Quick Contacts

Department Phone Email
Reception (08) 9324 8600
Membership Inquiries (08) 9324 8692 
Find Your Lawyer Referral Service (08) 9324 8600
Law Mutual (08) 9481 3111
CPD Support (08) 9324 8640 
Old Court House Law Museum (08) 9324 8688
Francis Burt Law Education Services (08) 9324 8686
Media Inquiries (08) 9324 8650 
Advertising (08) 9324 8650  
Sponsorship (08) 9324 8650 

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