About Us

By Women, For Women

WWIS – the Women’s Centre – has a long history of supporting women in the Illawarra. We are a service run by women for women and are a women-only space where you can feel safe and welcome and can find assistance and support.

If we aren’t able to assist you directly, we will be able to provide you with information about, and referral to the services who will be able to assist you.

 Some of our services…

  • Assisting women  who are, or have been, victims of domestic and family violence.

  • Assisting women who are experiencing isolation, marginalisation, disadvantage and other life-affecting issues.

  • Providing information on and referral to health services, counselling, activities, legal assistance, government services, community services, support networks, domestic violence support services, multicultural groups and services, and more.

  • Supporting women by telephone and face to face

  • Supporting women through support and educational groups and activities.

  • Involvement and participation in annual events and activities such as Reclaim The Night Illawarra; the White Ribbon Walk; the White Ribbon Ride, IWD.

 Finding the Women’s Centre

A number of Premier Illawarra bus services stop near Wollongong Women’s Information Service including the free Gong Shuffle which stops in Burelli Street at the IPAC/Wollongong City Council. From here, it’s a short walk to the Women’s Centre in Corrimal Street – we are just opposite the Wollongong Golf Club.
Visit
www.premierillawarra.com.au  for more information.

Wollongong Women’s Information Service (The Women’s Centre) provides a range of programs and support services for women in the Illawarra who are affected by domestic violence, isolation, marginalisation, disadvantage and other issues that affect their lives.
We provide information, referral and support both face to face and by phone.
We also offer a range of resources and facilities for women, including access to computers, internet, fax and photocopier and a meeting space.
We are a community-based organisation run by women for women in the Illawarra.

WWIS is not a housing or accommodation provider, but we can assist you with referrals to housing and accommodation services.
For homelessness and accommodation support in the Illawarra you can visit the website of Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven and Illawarra (SAHSSI) at www.sahssi.org.au or by telephone on 4229 8523

WWIS provides a range of programs and support services for women in the Illawarra who are affected by domestic violence, isolation, marginalisation, disadvantage and other issues that affect their lives.  We also provide information, referral and support both face to face and by phone.

We also offer a range of resources and facilities for women, including access to computers, internet, fax and photocopier and a meeting space.

We are a community-based organisation run by women for women in the Illawarra.

Our Aims

We aim to provide information, referral and a range of programs and support services to women in the Illawarra who are affected by domestic and family violence, isolation, marginalisation, disadvantage and other issues that impact on their lives. We provide them with information about and referral to appropriate services, assist them to build ongoing social support networks and provide them with skills development opportunities and a platform from which they can participate more fully in the broader community.

Our History

Following a period of intense collective activism and lobbying by various groups of Wollongong women in the 1970s and 1980s, Wollongong Women’s Information Service (WWIS) – known locally as Wollongong Women’s Centre – was established in 1979 and officially opened in April 1980.  During this period WWIS was at the forefront of many campaigns for women’s issues in the Illawarra and was instrumental in establishing many women’s services in the local area, including women’s health, housing and domestic violence services.  These services continue to meet the needs of thousands of women in our community today.

Throughout its colourful history WWIS has continued to uphold and pursue its social justice values and goals, working together with women in the community, particularly women experiencing isolation and disadvantage as a result of the adverse impact on their lives and life opportunities of factors such as violence, racism and discrimination, economic disadvantage and poverty, and aging and disability.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with any part of our service, we welcome you to contact the Centre Support Worker on 4228 1488, or by email at wwis@wwis.org.au, or via the contact form on this website. We will be happy to meet with you to discuss and investigate your complaint.
If you are unhappy with how your complaint is handled by us, you can then contact the Community Services Commission on (02) 9384 4999 or freecall on 1800 451 524.

Compliments/Feedback

It’s great to hear that we continue to provide a great service to the women who use WWIS. If you would like to send us positive feedback, we would love to hear it! Please contact us by email at wwis@wwis.org.au or via our contact form.