Katherine Women's Information and Legal Service

KWILS is a specialist women's legal service. At its inception in 1997, KWILS aimed to provide legal assistance to isolated women, particularly those experiencing domestic violence with priority given to Indigenous women and remote women living on pastoral stations in the wider Katherine region.

For over two decades, KWILS has continued to expand its specialist services to disadvantaged and isolated women, particularly those who face additional barriers for reasons including race, culture, disability, language, poverty, age and sexuality.

KWILS services are provided by a small high performing team and is overseen by a community-based voluntary management committee.

KWILS provides a range of services including:

  • free legal information and advice;
  • information and advice clinics in the Katherine office and outreach services;
  • legal representation in court;
  • assistance with matters involving negotiations;
  • non-legal support;
  • referrals to alternative solicitors and support services; and
  • undertaking research, law reform and lobbying activities to improve women’s access to justice.

KWILS provides advice, information, casework and legal education on a range of issues including but not limited to:

  • Domestic and Family Violence;
  • Child Protection;
  • Family Law;
  • Employment;
  • Government complaints;
  • Victims of Crime compensation;
  • Motor Vehicle accidents;
  • Tenancy;
  • Adult Guardianship;
  • Credit, Debt and Consumer;
  • General Civil Law.