Legal services

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.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Community Legal Services

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.

South Australian Community Legal Centres

  • 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

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)

Located at:

  • Adelaide: Levels G-4, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street
  • Berri: 29 Vaughan Terrace and 30 Kay Avenue
  • Port Augusta: 9 Mackay Street 
  • Mount Gambier: 11 Helen Street
  • Naracoorte:  14 Butler 
  • Whyalla: 171 Nicolson
  • Port Lincoln: 73-75 Tasman Terrace
  • Port Pirie:  Shop 7-8, 72-80 Ellen Street 
  • Gawler: Northern Market Shopping Centre, Corner Murray and Cowan Streets
  • Kadina: 10 Digby Street
  • Murray Bridge: 19 Seventh Street  

Consumer and Business Services

Tel: 131 882

Equal Opportunity Commission

Assesses and resolves complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. Provides information and education about equal opportunities for South Australians.

Equal Opportunity Commission

At: Level 10, 30 Currie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8207 1977

Fair Work Ombudsman

An information gateway to information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules, including awards and national employment standards.

Fair Work Ombudsman

Justice of the Peace

Available to authorise copies of original documents and sign statutory declarations for free. 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:

Liz Ahern Tel: +61 8 8463 3570, Email:

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 at the Ombudsman SA website.

Telephone: (08) 8226 8699
Toll free: 1800 182 150 (outside metro SA only)

Police Community Safety Talks

Talks on the role of the police in matters such as domestic violence and crime prevention, for various groups of humanitarian entrants.

Run by SA Police

  • Community Safety Talks, Tel: +61 8 7322 4061
  • African Liaison Officer, Tel: +61 8 7322 4061, 176 Grenfell Street, Adelaide and servicing metropolitan eastern Adelaide
  • Adelaide Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8172 5827
  • Elizabeth Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8207 9935
  • Holden Hill Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8207 6974
  • South Coast Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8392 9015
  • Sturt Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8207 4820
  • Western Adelaide Crime Prevention, Tel: +61 8 8207 6429  

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)

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. Run by Anglicare SA

At: Hackham West Community Centre, 2 Majorca Road, Hackham West
Tel: +61 8 8305 9459/ 1800 060 462

Victim Support Service

Advice and support for victims of crime.

Victim Support Service

Tel: +61 8 8231 5626

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.

Welfare Rights Centre

At: Level 5, 97 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8223 1338

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.

Women's Information Service

At: Ground Floor, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158

Women's Legal Service

Free and confidential legal service to women in South Australia

Women's Legal Service

Telephone Advice: Tel: +61 8 8221 5553
Country Callers: Tel: 1800 816 349
TTY: Tel: 1800 670 864