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

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

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 Law Society is receiving many requests for guidance and information about what is an ‘essential’ legal service. This includes areas of family law and estate (wills) practice, verification of identity (for property, wills, court documents and new clients).

These requests have been referred to the Attorney General and we understand that the range of issues that will arise in the current and future environment are being considered.

As and when guidelines and information are provided to the Law Society, it will be published on this page.

Potential Changes to Legal Legal Services Award

Members who are covered by the Legal Services Award (LSA) should note that on 8 April 2020 the Fair Work Commission is expected to confirm a provisional decision to vary the LSA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The variation, once confirmed, will apply until 30 June unless extended.

The variation, first, will provide employees with an entitlement to take 2 weeks unpaid pandemic leave and, secondly, provide for employers and employees to reach agreements to take twice their accrued annual leave at half pay.

Once a final decision is made by the Commission, further details will be provided to members in Friday Facts and on this COVID-19 information and resources hub.

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

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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