Our Purpose

We help vulnerable employees understand and enforce their rights at work through quality legal advice, assistance, representation, education and law reform.

Our Values

We value:
• quality
• integrity
• accessibility
• advocacy
• social justice

Our Service

We are a community legal centre (CLC) that provides free, employment law advice, education, advocacy, representation, information and referrals to vulnerable, non-unionised employees in Western Australia (WA). We assist with issues such as:

• unfair dismissal;
• adverse action;
• unlawful termination;
• underpayment of entitlements;
• breach of contract;
• bullying;
• equal opportunity; and
• occupational safety and health.

We also work on law reform and educating the WA community to promote a better understanding of this complex area of law. Our law reform and community legal education are informed by our clients and their experiences.


ELC provides a crucial service for people who find themselves in a situation unprotected by a union and with nowhere else to go for help… I certainly would not have known how to go about the procedure of lodging a claim had it not been for ELC. I was grateful to gain an idea of what to expect and what to aim for during the hearing. Access to ELC’s services meant that my matter was more efficient and less stressful, which was vital for me.

- Hilary

Thank you to ELC for your generous assistance in the legal proceedings between myself and my ex-employer. Your inexhaustible efforts to represent me in the best way possible and to obtain a fair and just judgment made such a difference in my life. Thank you for providing such services to individuals who are unsure of the legal system and unable to fund private lawyers.

- Mohammad

ELC has gone out of its way to help me with my case and make sure I understand the legal aspects of it. ELC has provided me with invaluable advice and assisted me in accessing the appropriate bodies to settle my matter. I would not have been able to proceed with this claim without the help of ELC. I would highly recommend ELC to anyone in similar circumstances as it is a wonderful service.

- Ray

I was able to obtain an outcome I was more than happy with because of the help I received from the Employment Law Centre. If it wasn’t for having the relevant law provided by the solicitor in the submissions she prepared, I do not believe I would have achieved the outcome I would have hoped for.

- Sarah

You guys have been really, really good, really helpful. The paralegal I spoke to was fantastic. The help gives you a bit of ammunition to know what your rights are. I can’t stress how good you have been, it’s been so helpful. I am really grateful. It’s particularly hard for me, being from the UK, so it’s great to have a service like ELC to help me out and learn my legal rights in Australia.

- Joanne

The help that I received from ELC was fantastic. The solicitors helped me gain the confidence to pursue monies that were owed to me by my ex-employer, and empowered me to attend a conference where my employer and I came to an agreement. I would not hesitate in recommending your organisation to fellow workers who require some legal advice.

- Karen

On behalf of myself and my wife I would sincerely like to thank you for all for the assistance you have provided me in my endeavours to seek recourse for the unjust way that I was treated by my former employer. I would not have known where to begin or how to proceed in the arduous task of preparing and conducting my case as a self-represented applicant.

- Geoff

Our Funding Partners

The services of the Employment Law Centre of WA are made possible thanks to grants from:

fairwork
dept-mines-industry-regulation-safety
law_society
Lotterywest