Purpose and History

Purpose and History


Everyone has a safe place where they feel they belong and live the life they choose.


To support, strengthen and enable individuals and diverse communities to flourish.


Responsive: We will listen to our diverse communities, measure impacts and make informed decisions about the services we provide

Empowering: We will respect the strength of our communities and collaborate to deliver holistic services

Accountable: We will be responsible and self-reflective. We will acknowledge and celebrate achievements

Collaborative: We work well together and as one team for our community

Our clients are people facing disadvantage and social exclusion, particularly communities new to Australia, vulnerable children and women, and those who need a helping hand in achieving just outcomes from governments and the legal system.

We also partner with a large number of private, community and government agencies to enhance our service delivery and increase access for our communities.


For 50 years, Community Legal Centres have been the heart of a powerful movement for social change, reshaping how people access justice, creating stronger more equitable laws, and more accountable government and democracy.

We want a community that is fair, inclusive and thriving: where every person belongs and can learn, grow, heal, participate and be heard.

Westside Community Lawyers Incorporated (ABN 58 010 430 612), also known as WestSide Lawyers, was established in 1979 with funding from the Legal Services Commission of South Australia and incorporated in 1980. WestSide Lawyers continues its work thanks to funding received from the South Australian and Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Departments.

Privacy Policy

WestSide Community Lawyers recognises the importance of, and is committed to protecting and upholding, the privacy and rights of the individuals we deal with in relation to their personal information.

WestSide Lawyers Privacy Policy



WestSide has a client complaints process, in the event you are not satisfied or have any suggestions/feedback. If you have any concerns, firstly, please speak to the worker who has dealt with your matter to see if your concerns can be resolved. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, please submit a written complaint to the Managing Lawyer at: Reception@westsidelawyers.net or 212 Port Road Hindmarsh SA 5007

If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint you may contact the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner on 08 8226 8666 or the Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner on 1800 337 570.