Legal services

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and protects human rights in Australia through education and public awareness; discrimination and human rights complaints; human rights compliance; and policy and legislative development.

Community Legal Services

South Australian Community Legal Centres provide legal advice and referrals, negotiating on behalf of clients and, in some cases, representation in court. Some community legal services have child support workers, financial counsellors, and mediation services. In general, they help people who are not eligible for legal aid but cannot afford a private lawyer.

  • Central Community Legal Service, Tel: +61 8 8342 1800. For Inner Northern, North Eastern and Eastern residents
  • Northern Community Legal Service, Tel: +61 8 8281 6911
  • Westside Community Lawyers, Tel: +61 8 8243 5521
  • Southern Community Justice Centre, Tel: +61 8 8384 5222
  • Women's Legal Service, Tel: +61 8 8221 5553

Consumer and Business Services

Consumer and Business Services provides services and information to the general public on:

  • Consumer Affairs (includes Product Safety)
  • Business and Occupational Services (includes Business Names, Associations and Co-operatives, Licensing)
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Tenancies (includes Residential, Retail, Bonds and support to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal).

Tel: 131 882

Equal Opportunity Commission

The Equal Opportunity Commission assesses and resolves complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. Provides information and education about equal opportunities for South Australians.

At: Level 10, 30 Currie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8207 1977
Email: eoc@agd.sa.gov.au

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides an information gateway to information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules, including awards and national employment standards.

Justice of the Peace

Available to authorise copies of original documents and sign statutory declarations for free. Justices of the Peace (JPs) are volunteers who offer their time for free and may not be available at all times.

Find a JP in your area

Legal Aid

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia provides free legal support in criminal and family law matters for those people who meet their eligibility criteria. Available in metropolitan Adelaide and at regional offices listed on the Commission's website.

Tel: 1300 366 424 (Legal help line)

Legal Services Awareness

Seminars, advice sessions and presentations raising community awareness about the SA legal system run by the Legal Services Commission of South Australia in metropolitan Adelaide and occasionally elsewhere.

For information about education and training services, please contact:

Leah Marrone Tel: +61 8 8463 3570, Email: Liz.Ahern@sa.gov.au

Ombudsman SA

Ombudsman SA investigates complaints about South Australian government and local government agencies, conducts freedom of information reviews, and supports and monitors the implementation of the Information Sharing Guidelines. Anyone can lodge a complaint, and the Ombudsman can also receive information about State and local government activities confidentially from whistle-blowers. Further information is available, in several languages, at the Ombudsman SA website.

Telephone: (08) 8226 8699
Toll free: 1800 182 150 (outside metro SA only)
Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.sa.gov.au

Police Community programs

South Australia Police (SAPOL) conduct a range of community programs, including: Neighbourhood Watch, Home Assist, Road safety education and various school programs. Further detail is available on the SAPOL website.

Rape and Sexual Assault Service

Advice and support for victims of rape and sexual assault.

Tel: +61 8 8226 8787/8777 or (freecall) 1800 817 421

Tenants Information and Advocacy Service (TIAS)

The Tenants Information and Advocacy Service (TIAS) provides information, referral and advice relating to housing issues; negotiation and advocacy on behalf of customers with housing providers and landlords; representation of customers at Residential Tenancies Tribunal or Appeals Unit. For people on low incomes.

Tel: 1800 060 462

Victim Support Service

Victim Support Service provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia.

Tel: 1800 842 846

Welfare Rights Centre

The Welfare Rights Centre provides information and advice about Centrelink entitlements, negotiation with Centrelink, and representation at the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. For all.

At: Level 5, 97 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8223 1338
Email: hlc@wrcsa.org.au

Women's Information Service

The Women's Information Service provides an information and referral service for all women in South Australia, including Family Court Support and free telephone legal advice. All services are free and confidential.

At: Ground Floor, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158
Email: info@wis.sa.gov.au

Women's Legal Service

The Women's Legal Service provides free and confidential legal service to women in South Australia.

Telephone Advice: Tel: +61 8 8221 5553
Country Callers: Tel: 1800 816 349
Email: admin@wlssa.org.au