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. Go to: www.hreoc.gov.au

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.

  • Central Community Legal Service, Tel: +61 8 8342 1800, Email: ccls@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au
    Run by Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide (www.ucwesleyadelaide.org.au)
    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)
  • 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  

Go to: www.ocba.sa.gov.au

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. Go to: www.eoc.sa.gov.au

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

Fair Work Australia

An independent body that protects fair working practices across Australia through a range of functions relating to minimum wages and employment conditions; enterprise bargaining; industrial action; dispute resolution; termination of employment; other workplace matters. Go to: www.fwa.gov.au

Independent Living Skills Program

Life skills education for young men and women in sexual health, law and order, relationships, drugs and alcohol. For young humanitarian entrants in metropolitan Adelaide. Run by Refugee Services.

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

  • 304 Henley Beach Road, Underdale
    Run by the Australian Refugee Association (www.ausref.net)
    Tel: +61 8 8354 2951, Email: reception@ausref.net
  • Chesser House, Level 4, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
    Run by the Attorney-General’s Department (www.agd.sa.gov.au)
    To check that a JP is on duty or to make an appointment (required if more than 10 documents are to be witnessed)
    Tel: +61 8 8207 1725, Email: jpservices@agd.sa.gov.au

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 www.lsc.sa.gov.au in metropolitan Adelaide and occasionally elsewhere.

For information about education and training services please contact:

George Hatzirodos Tel: +61 8 8463 3519, Email: George.Hatzirodos@sa.gov.au
Liz Ahern Tel: +61 8 8463 3570, Email: Liz.Ahern@sa.gov.au

Migrant information

A summary of how government and important laws work.

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 (www.police.sa.gov.au)

  • 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 (www.anglicare-sa.org.au)

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

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.

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

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. Go to: www.wis.sa.gov.au

At: Ground Floor, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158
Email: info@wis.sa.gov.au

Women’s Legal Service

Free and confidential legal service to women in South Australia

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