The Law Society of Western Australia is closely following the situation as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate 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

COVID-19 Support Package for Western Australia’s Legal Profession

The legal profession has experienced significant changes and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Law Society has been working hard behind the scenes to put measures in place to respond to this crisis effectively and support you, our valued members in this difficult time. »Read more

CPD and Events

Specifically in relation to the delivery of our various events, particularly CPD seminars, the adopted starting point is the Government of Western Australia Department of Health and Australian Government Department of Health (AGHD) alerts on COVID-19. In particular, we are taking guidance from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommendations with regard to public events found on the AGHD website.

CPD sessions will now be delivered by webinar. If you have already registered or are unable to attend by webinar, please contact the CPD team on (08) 9324 8640 for further information. The Law Society’s eLearning platform is also available to enable you to complete all your CPD requirements online 24/7.

The Law Society and the District Court of Western Australia have taken the difficult decision to postpone the District Court 50th Anniversary Black Tie Gala Dinner to Saturday, 27 February 2021. A communication from the President and Chief Judge has been sent to people who have registered for this event.

All other social events are constantly under review and if an event(s) is cancelled or postponed registrants for the event(s) will be contacted by email.

Committee meetings

Committee meetings are no longer being held face-to-face, until further notice. Meetings will only be held via email, video conferencing or teleconference.

Law Society Communications

For further information related to the Society’s communications on COVID-19, please click below:

Member Alert – 16 March 2020
Member Alert – 18 March 2020
Member Alert – 25 March 2020
Update from the President – 1 April 2020
Law Mutual News – 9 April 2020 (Changes to Payment for 2020/2021 Insurance Arrangements)
Member Alert: Update from the Legal Practice Board | Temporary Industrial Relations Changes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – 15 April 2020
Update from the President and CEO – 29 April 2020
Your Membership Matters – 4 June 2020

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 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

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 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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