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Women's Legal Service

The Women’s Legal Service is run by women for women. 

Assistance is provided by lawyers and social workers during the day and several evenings each week.

The service is interested in all areas of law which impact upon women, but has extensive involvement in family law and domestic violence issues. 

The service is actively involved in community education and law reform campaigns designed to improve the treatment of women by the legal system.

WLS offers free legal help for women in Queensland with domestic violence, complex family law and sexual assault notes counselling privilege matters. WLS does not provide any legal assistance to males. They do not take on any criminal law matters. 

WLS is a Queensland wide service, with in person appointments limited to the Brisbane area.

Admin and reception cannot provide legal advice. If a client needs advice they will need to contact the Helpline.              

Street address:

8 Ponsonby Street
(corner of Ponsonby St and Ipswich Rd, entrance at the back of the building from Ponsonby St)

Mailing address:

PO Box 119



Helpline: 1800 957 957 / Rural, Regional and Remote Helpline: 1800 457 117
Office: 07 3392 0644
Hours & appointment times:

Phone appointments

  • Call the helpline to make a phone appointment.
  • Appointments available Monday to Friday - 09:00am to 5:00pm and Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Face-to-face appointments:

  • Drop-in sessions: Monday and Wednesday 6pm (Annerley).
  • Call for a specific appointment time outside these hours.

Office hours:

  • Brisbane Office: Monday to Friday - 09:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Helpline: Monday to Friday - 09:00am to 3:00pm.

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, drop in and some telephone appointments available on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Statewide Legal Advice Helpline (9am-3pm, Monday to Friday). Rural, Regional & Remote Legal Advice Line (9.30am-1.30pm Tuesday).

In Person Appointments. Phone Appointments. Drop In Sessions every Monday and Wednesday night from 6pm at their Annerley office (no need to book an appt). Appointment needed for in person and phone appointments, through Helpline. Rural, Regional and Remote Priority Advice Line (free legal advice by telephone). Interpretator for languages other than english and speaking or hearing difficulties can be arranged. 

Key services:
  • Community legal education
  • Information and referral
  • Law reform
  • Legal advice
  • Publications and self help materials
  • Social work assistance
Service delivery methods:
  • Booked appointments
  • Talks and seminars
  • Phone advice
  • Publications
Specialist services & interest groups:
  • ATSI
  • Child protection
  • Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Trans / Intersex
  • Refugee
  • Seniors / Elderly / Aged
  • Women
Areas of law:
  • Child contact and residency
  • Child protection
  • Child support
  • Child/Spousal maintenance
  • Divorce and seperation
  • Domestic violence
  • Family violence
  • Paternity
Additional areas of law:
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Family Law Property Matters
  • Sexual Assault Counselling notes privilege
Regional centres:

Rural, Regional and Remote Helpline:

Helpline: 1800 457 117

Admin: (07) 3392 0644 (open Tuesday 9:30am to 1:30pm)

Location map: