In February 1996, NQWLS received recurrent funding under the National Women’s Justice Strategy in The Justice Statement 1995 for the establishment of a women’s legal service in North Queensland and Far North Queensland.

An office was established in both Townsville and Cairns. NQWLS became incorporated and a management committee was elected in November 1996.

Today, NQWLS receives funding from both the federal and state government.