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Western Australian Law Handbook

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Welcome to the Western Australian Law Handbook: an easy-to-read guide to law in Western Australia.
It is an indispensable plain English guide to the law in WA, compiled by the Sussex St Community Law Service Inc.

About the Handbook

The Western Australian Law Handbook Online is an innovative, free-access platform, intended to give general information about the law.

This new website has been developed using a 'wiki-like' platform and interface. This means that the information in the Handbook can be easily updated and corrected whenever changes are made to laws and regulations. It will be a comparatively simple matter to ensure that the information in the Handbook is always kept as up-to-date as possible.

About Sussex Street Community Law Service

Sussex Street Community Law Service is a community-based association providing a range of legal and community advocacy services to the Western Australian community.
The objects of the Association are to:
  • provide accessible legal and social services to target communities, with particular regard to those who are socially disadvantaged, and to such other groups as the Association shall from time to time decide;
  • develop resources, provide information and deliver community education programs that build the capacity of the community and industry to understand the law and social systems; and
  • initiate and participate in law and social policy reform.

The services offered by the Sussex Street Community Law Service include family, civil, and disability discrimination law, financial counselling and welfare rights, tenant and disability advocacy. The core activities of the organisation across all practice areas incorporate casework, advocacy and legal representation, community legal education and training and law reform.
The work of Sussex Street Community Law Service is supported by Commonwealth and State Governments, the Law Society of Western Australia, Freehills, the Town of Victoria Park, volunteers from the legal profession and students from university schools of law and social work.

Simply browse and click on any of the more than 30 topic headings, or use the search box in the top right corner to search over all the content to find what you need.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arrest, Interrogation and Bail


Car Accidents

Challenging Government Decisions

Community Organisations

Consumer Protection





Disability and the Law



Environment and Planning


Family and Domestic Violence

Guardianship and Administration

Health Consumers' Rights


Human Rights Complaints to the United Nations




Mental Health

Native Title & Aboriginal Land and Heritage


Penalties and Prisoners

Privacy Rights


Social Security Entitlements



Wills, Estates and Funerals

Young People and Children

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