Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Funding for Employment Law Centre restored

    29/06/2017 2:15 PM
    • ​McGowan Government commits $990,000 for Employment Law Centre of WA
    • Funds will provide legal advice to State industrial relations system employees

    The McGowan Government has today delivered on its commitment to restore State Government funding to the Employment Law Centre of WA (ELC).


    Almost $1 million, or $330,000 a year, will be provided to the central business district office in the next three financial years.


    The funding will enable the ELC to provide legal advice and assistance on employment-related matters to the most vulnerable workers within the State industrial relations system.


    Many of those workers are employed in small and microbusinesses in Western Australia.


    The new funding will enable the ELC to continue helping low-paid workers with critical issues such as dismissal, discrimination and workplace bullying.


    Under the new agreement, the ELC will provide telephone and face-to-face legal advice to clients.


    Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The McGowan Government made a commitment to support Western Australian workers and we're getting on with the job.


    "The Employment Law Centre has traditionally played a vital role in supporting low-paid workers when dealing with employment issues, but funding was cut by the former Liberal National Government.


    "Assisting with employment-related legal matters will ensure that State system workers can access a broad range of help and information."


    Comments attributed to Employment Law Centre of WA Manager Sara Kane: 


    "This is wonderful news for our organisation and the thousands of callers we assist annually.


    "Young and older workers, people with disability, migrant and trafficked workers, and indigenous Australians will greatly benefit from this funding."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700