Despite WA Premier Colin Barnett putting employment law back on the table as an election issue, there are no plans to fund any employment law service (such as the Employment Law Centre (ELC)), Crikey reported over the Christmas break.
Many of Western Australia’s most disadvantaged employees will remain unable to access legal advice, with neither major party committing to funding services in the area in the lead-up to the state election.
ELC has secured federal government funding for the next four years. However, ELC can’t use this money to help anyone who isn’t covered by federal employment laws, leaving many vulnerable WA employees (mostly employees of small businesses) with nowhere to go. ELC previously received state government funding, but this ceased in July 2016, almost halving their budget.
The full article is available here: https://www.crikey.com.au/2016/12/23/access-to-legal-advice-for-the-disadvantaged-stymied-in-wa/. To access the article, you will need either to be a Crikey subscriber or sign up for a free trial.