Western Australia Stolen Wages Class Action

Posted: December 18th, 2023

Shine Lawyers has shared the following information about this Class Action and asked YMAC to distribute to networks. Please distribute to those people that may need this information.

The Western Australian Government has agreed to settle the case brought by Mr Mervyn Street against the WA Government on behalf of all First Nations people who weren’t paid all their wages or money between 1936 and 1972.

The WA Government has agreed to a settlement of up to $180.4 million – depending on how many people register – which the Federal Court will need to approve before any money is paid out.

If you are part of the class action and want to get a payment from the settlement, you need to complete and send in a registration form by 30 June 2024.

You are part of the class action and can register if:

a) You are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person born before 9 June 1962;
b) Between 11 December 1936 and 9 June 1972 you worked in Western Australia and worked at some time for little of no wages;


c) You are representing a family member who qualifies and has since passed away (if you are their spouse (husband/wife/partner – married or defacto) or child)
If you don’t want to claim compensation, you don’t need to do anything. But you will still need to be a part of the case, and you will lose your legal rights if the settlement is approved.

If you want to find out more about the case, the settlement, or ask for a registration form you can:

• Call Shine Lawyers on 1800 976 150
• Email Shine Lawyers at wastolenwages@shine.com.au
• Go to shine.com.au/stolenwageswa
• Come to an information meeting at a town near you – to see a schedule of meetings, click here.