Volunteer 2022-09-13T13:33:51+09:30

TEWLS volunteers make a real difference in the lives of women seeking legal assistance in the Top End.

Sadly, the demand for our services greatly exceeds capacity – but, with the help of our volunteers, more women in need of legal assistance can receive access to justice in times of need.

TEWLS extends heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who contribute their time so generously. This volunteering facilitates a high level of expertise, value adds to in-house expertise and ongoing case work, and increases service capacity.

Volunteer Solicitors

Each year, TEWLS’ highly skilled volunteer solicitors help to extend our services reach by providing quality legal services to many who would otherwise have nowhere else to go.

TEWLS is reliant on the invaluable contribution volunteers make in order to provide quality legal advice, referrals and assistance to women. As a volunteer with TEWLS, your skills will make a positive difference to the many women who access our service, while being extraordinarily rewarding and beneficial for the development of your professional skills.

TEWLS volunteer solicitors staff an after hours clinic every Wednesday evening, which take place at the TEWLS office between 5:15pm – 6:15pm. Appointments for this clinic are made ahead of time through the TEWLS office and are typically face-to-face. Each appointment is scheduled for 30 minutes, with volunteer solicitors providing one-off legal advice and/or referral services. TEWLS volunteers currently commit to an average of one session per month.

To find out more about legal volunteering at TEWLS, please contact the TEWLS Administration Officer admin@tewls.org.au or use our online contact form here.

Interns and Placements

TEWLS, when capacity allows, accepts applications for internships and/or volunteer placements. With respect to the latter, placements are generally those contributing to a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP), but can also be for general experience and exposure to the workings of a community legal centre.

TEWLS accepts applications from students or graduates with a legal background. If you wish to make an expression of interest to volunteer with TEWLS, please email your expression of interest to the TEWLS Chief Executive Officer at admin@tewls.org.au or use our online contact form here.

“Quick Exit” button

The TEWLS website has a “quick exit” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

This button will close the TEWLS website and open the Bureau of Meteorology website. You may need to use this button if you are worried that someone is watching you use the computer or that you have been looking at the TEWLS website.

The “quick exit” button does not delete your browse history. This means that if someone checks your browser history, they will be able to see that you have visited then TEWLS website.

Do you speak a language other than English?

If you would like to speak to TEWLS with an interpreter:

You can call TEWLS on 1800 234 441 and ask to speak to us with an interpreter. We can organise this for free.You will need to tell us your name, your phone number and the language that you speak. We will then call you back with an interpreter on the phone.

TEWLS are able to organise interpreters for most languages, including Aboriginal languages and Auslan.

You can also organise for TEWLS to contact you:

To organise for TEWLS to contact you, please complete the form through the “Make an Appointment” button on the TEWLS home page.

Do you want to access the TEWLS website in a language other than English?

If you would like to listen to the TEWLS website in an
Aboriginal language:

TEWLS has had four Top End Aboriginal languages recorded for this website. You can click the “play” button to listen to these recordings.

The languages that are currently available are:

  • – Murrinh-Patha
  • – Tiwi
  • – Warlpiri
  • – Yolngu Matha

If you would like to read the TEWLS website in a language other than English:

The TEWLS website is able to be translated to lots of different languages. To change the language settings, press “Select Language” in the top bar and choose the language that you speak.

More about hiding your history

Remember, deleting large parts of your internet history may be dangerous. This is because it may tell someone that you do not want your internet history to be found.

If you need help with online safety and/or technological safety, you can visit the eSafety Commissioner website here or you can call 1800 RESPECT on their 24-hour telephone counselling and support service. If you are in danger, you should call the Police on 000.