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North Queensland Women’s Legal Service - Cairns

From Tuesday, 17 March 2020, NQWLS offices will temporarily be closed to the public and the centre will cease providing face to face appointments at their offices and at outreach locations/legal advice clinics.

Until further notice all advice will be provided by phone - this includes the dedicated telephone advice line, which is open between the hours of 9am and 1pm each Monday to Thursday. Please note that the centre's ability to provide advice by telephone is subject to NQWLS continuing to have available staff resources. Please make any enquiries via the numbers below.

Telephone advice line: 1800 244 504 

Townsville office: 07 4772 5400 

Cairns office: 07 4033 5825

NQWLS Cairns is a community based legal service developed and operated by women for women residing in North Queensland.

The service offers assistance in areas of law which primarily affect women including family law, domestic violence and child protection.

Outreach services are provided in many of the communities outside both Townsville and Cairns.

Street address:

Suite 1, Level 2, 88 Abbott Street
Cairns  QLD 4870

Mailing address:

P O Box 2542


(07) 4033 5825
(07) 4033 5845
Hours & appointment times:

Office Hours: Cairns

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Telephone Advice Times

Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm and Wednesday evening by appointment

Walk in (no appointment needed) times: NOT AVAILABLE

Pre-booked Appointment Times - 

Monday to Friday

Outreach Services from Cairns to

Atherton, Mareeba, Innisfail, Mossman, Port Douglas – monthly

Key services:
  • Casework and representation
  • Community legal education
  • Information and referral
  • Legal advice
Service delivery methods:
  • Booked appointments
  • Phone advice
Specialist services & interest groups:
  • Women
Areas of law:
  • Child contact and residency
  • Child protection
  • Child support
  • Child/Spousal maintenance
  • Divorce and seperation
  • Domestic violence
  • Family violence
  • Property
Location map: