Mission / Objective
- Deliver a comprehensive range of culturally-matched and quality legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia
- Provide leadership which contributes to participation, empowerment and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Indigenous people of Australia
- Ensure that Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples address the underlying issues that contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage on all social indicators, and implement the relevant recommendations arising from the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
- Create a positive and culturally-matched work environment by implementing efficient and effective practices and administration throughout ALSWA.
The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA) provides legal representation and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia, including advocating in policy and law reform in submissions, at conferences and in the media.
ALSWA is funded by the Australian Government, through the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department. The contracts between ALSWA and the Australian Government determine what work ALSWA must do.
The “boss” of ALSWA is the Executive Committee, made up of Aboriginal peoples from throughout Western Australia. Representing different regions of the State, each member is elected by his or her local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. You can apply to vote, or to nominate yourself for the Executive Committee, through your local ALSWA office.
ALSWA has a Senior Management Team, made up of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Executive Officer (EO) and the Director of Legal Services (DLS) who are responsible for making ALSWA function properly.
As well as the Perth office there are 12 regional ALSWA offices located in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Fitzroy Crossing, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Meekatharra, Northam and South Hedland.
These offices provide ALSWA criminal law, family law and civil and human rights law work in the country and have access to the resources of the Perth office as required.
There are also administrative staff in different roles, with all staff working together to make sure that the work done by ALSWA runs smoothly.
ALSWA has been striving for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia for over 40 years.
Projects in Progress
Peter Collins Director Legal Services
Tina Seery Chief Finance Officer
Names of Board Members
Michael Blurton, President
Glen Colbung, Vice President
Jim Lewis, Treasurer
Kathy Watson, Secretary