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North Queensland Women's Legal Service (NQWLS)

North Queensland Women's Legal Service (NQWLS)

The NQWLS is a free legal service for women by women. NQWLS can provide legal advice, casework assistance, and information and referrals for women who reside from Sarina in the south, to the Torres Strait in the north and west out to the Northern Territory border. Solicitors are available in both the Cairns and Townsville offices. 

NQWLS can provide information and referrals in all areas of law. Legal advice is available in the areas of family/domestic violence, family law (parenting and property), defacto matters (parenting and property), discrimination, sexual assault, child protection, and Victims Assist.

NQWLS provides free legal advice by appointment in Townsville, Ayr, Ingham, Charters Towers, Cairns, Innisfail, Atherton, Mareeba, Port Douglas and Mossman.

1800 Legal Advice Line

Free and confidential legal advice and referrals by telephone for women in North Queensland, Far North and Western Queensland. NQWLS offers women the opportunity to speak confidentially with a female lawyer about the legal issues arising from a relationship breakdown and/or a situation concerning family or domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Duty Lawyer Service

A free and confidential duty lawyer service at the Cairns and Townsville Magistrates Courts.


Townsville (07) 4772 5400

Cairns (07) 4033 5825

Legal Advice Line 1800 244 504


Suite 1, Level 3, 42 Sturt Street, Townsville QLD; Suite 4, Level 1, 88 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD

Justice, courts & legal
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Specialist services