Young Workers Legal Service

About Us

Coordinator: Rachael Seaforth

The Young Workers’ Legal Service (YWLS) provides workers under the age of 30 with free, confidential advice about work-related matters. The YWLS is staffed by volunteer advisors - in their final or penultimate year of law – under the guidance and supervision of trained Industrial Officers. The YWLS is a once-off Service. That is, once you have been a client of the YWLS you are no longer eligible to obtain advice/information about an unrelated matter.

The YWLS deals with a range of employment law issues, including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Underpayment of wages
  • Equal Opportunity and discrimination
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Workplace dispute resolution
  • Sexual harassment
  • Other employment related issues

We offer face to face appointments with trained volunteers, who can discuss your issue with you, and provide:

  • Legal advice;
  • Assistance with strategies to deal with the dispute at your workplace;
  • Assistance with lodging applications with relevant legal bodies;
  • Information on your legal rights and responsibilities and;
  • Information about your entitlements under your Award or Workplace Agreement.

The advice that the YWLS provides is free of charge. However, young workers are responsible for legal costs incurred, including lodgement fees, obtaining evidence and attending Tribunal hearings.

The service strongly encourages membership of your trade union. If we represent you in any way, we will expect you to seriously consider joining your union. This is to ensure that if an issue arises in the future, you will have access to expert assistance relevant to your industry, both in and outside of the workplace. The YWLS will provide you with information about your relevant union.

All information given is strictly confidential unless specified and consent is given by the young worker.


Rachael Seaforth