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The deadline to register for the WA Stolen Wages Settlement has been extended to 30 September 2024.

Indigenous West Australians who were forced to work for little or no pay - have been given more time to lodge their Stolen wages compensation claims.

People who registered prior to November 14 2023 will need to reregister with Shine Lawyers.

The settlement amounts to $16,500 for each eligible claimant, with the maximum total figure of $165 million only paid if there are 10,000 or more eligible claimants.

Up to $15.4 million will be paid for some of the applicant’s legal costs.

For eligible workers who are now deceased, the payments will be made to their surviving spouses or children.

Aboriginal Australians who worked in WA ( between 1936 and 1972) for little or no wages may be entitled to compensation.

If you think you, or a qualifying family member is entitled to compensation - registration must be completed by 30 June 2024 with Shine Lawyers.

About the Settlement

In November 2023 the WAGovernment 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.

Note the settlement is still subject to approval from the Federal Court. The WA Government also issueda public apology and acknowledgement in the Western Australian Parliament to the surviving and deceased workers on 28 November 2023.

How to know if you are eligible

Aboriginal people whose wages were withheld by the WA Government Or worked for little or no money, from 1936 to 1972 may be eligible under the settlement. If an eligible worker has passed away, that worker’s spouse or children may be able to receive payment instead.

How to find out more

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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•Go to an information meeting at a town near you or request Shine visit your town or community