Staff and Volunteers
TEWLS’ dedicated legal and non-legal team, with over 30 years of combined legal experience, provide proactive and high quality legal and related services, with excellent outcomes and particular concern for women experiencing or having had experienced domestic, family and sexual violence, identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women. Our staff includes lawyers, community and project officers, client support officers, and administrative personnel. TEWLS’ staff bring decades of legal and non-legal experience from across the Northern Territory and Australia, with particular expertise and knowledge of women’s needs in the Top End.
TEWLS is also supported by a strong team of volunteer lawyers through the Wednesday Night Volunteer Clinic, many of whom are senior specialist experts, via pro-bono partnerships with local and national law firms, and by Aurora Project interns and Practical Legal Training (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice) placement students. This volunteering facilitates a high level of expertise, value adds to in-house expertise and ongoing case work, and increases service capacity at a time where service requests continue to exceed capacity.
TEWLS offers volunteer placements and/or internships to law students, as well as volunteering opportunities for practising lawyers. For more information about how you can get involved with TEWLS, see the Volunteer section of this website.
Governance and Management
TEWLS is an independent non-profit organisation. We are an accredited member of Community Legal Centres Australia (CLCA – formerly known as the National Association of Community Legal Centres), an umbrella organisation representing over 200 community legal centres across Australia. TEWLS has a voluntary Management Committee of seven members, where the day-to-day management of the service is delegated to the TEWLS Chief Executive Officer.
TEWLS receives funding from the Commonwealth and Territory Governments, as well as one-off funding through grants and pro bono partnerships, including from the Law Society of the Northern Territory’s Fidelity Fund.