The Stolen Wages case in WA arose from laws that controlled the employment of First Nations people between 1936 and 1972.

“These historical policies resulted in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those working in the Kimberley region, on pastoral stations and within Native Institutions being paid little or no wages in the claim period.”  (WA Gov Media Release sited below.)

Shine Lawyers and the WA Government have reached a settlement worth up to $180.4 million.

First Nations people (or their family members) can register a claim under the proposed settlement if they had their wages or property controlled during this period. To register go to: Stolen Wages Class Action | Shine Lawyers

The WA Government media release can be found at: Stolen wages class action reaches historic settlement | Western Australian Government (

The Shine Lawyers media release can be found at: Compensation for thousands of Stolen Wages workers in Western Australia | Shine Lawyers