Staff and Governance 2022-09-13T14:49:19+09:30

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.

“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.