Legal Services Commission

Provides legal advice, assistance and referral services if you cannot afford to pay for private legal advice. The legal commission has a central office in Adelaide with offices in metropolitan and regional SA.

Free legal advice is available over the telephone Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Free 30min appointments for legal advice on most areas of law such as:

Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Neighbour Disputes, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Debt Matters, Domestic Violence, etc.

The appointments are not means tested and follow up appointments may be available if required. Minor assistance may be provided in certain circumstances when no grant of legal aid is provided. Appointments are available at any office within local opening hours schedule.

Telephone appointments also available.

Other Assistance

- The Adelaide office has specialist social security advisors who can provide help and advice about Centrelink matters

- Child Support Unit for specialised advice on Child Support matters

- Duty Solicitor available at the Most Magistrates Courts and the Youth Court

- Legal aid representation if eligible through a grant of legal aid- application forms available on website or from any office.

- Community Legal Education can be provided. Follow the links on our website at

- Legal Chat is an online interactive chat information service available via the website. Chat in real time to an adviser for enquiries relating to legal information. Operating Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

- 24 Legal allows you to quickly and conveniently access reliable legal information that’s written in plain-English and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The free service covers more than 60 common legal areas and is especially useful for legal matters that arise outside office hours.

Offices in Adelaide, Elizabeth, Noarlunga, Port Adelaide, Port Augusta and Whyalla.


Southern Community Justice Centre

The Southern Community Justice Centre is a community based organisation that offers individuals a free, confidential, legal advice appointment with a qualified solicitor or child support worker. We can assist in a number of areas of law including Family Law, Criminal, Civil (e.g. neighbourhood / contract disputes) and Employment law matters. Ongoing assistance and court representation, where relevant, are provided at no cost to eligible clients who cannot afford to pay a private solicitor and do not qualify for a grant of legal aid.

The Head Office is located at Christies Beach, and free legal help is available for people who live or work in the Centre's catchment area, including the southern suburbs of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Murray Bridge.

We also have regional offices and outreach locations in the Limestone Coast and the Riverland.

To enquire or to book an appointment, call 1300 850 650.

Regional office numbers are (08) 8723 1396 for Mount Gambier and (08) 8582 4998 for Berri.


Homeless Persons Legal Service

This service can be accessed through Adelaide Legal Outreach Service


JusticeNet SA

Facilitates access to justice for the financially disadvantaged by referring them to a network of existing legal service providers and by referring meritorious cases to a safety net of legal firms willing to assist on a pro bono basis. (free or at reduced cost). JusticeNet can also assist charitable and community organisations.

To ensure that pro bono resources are directed to those most in need, eligibility criteria and guidelines to all applications are applied and are unlikely to be able to assist with: - Family law or criminal law matters, except in exceptional circumstances - Complex commercial or building disputes - People who we consider can afford to pay a lawyer, obtain legal aid, or obtain 'no win, no fee' assistance (such as in personal injury claims). Services available include: Pro Bono Referral Service This service can connect you with a pro bono lawyer to provide you with free civil law advice, assistance or representation. Self-Representation Services Free advice and assistance to people representing themselves in the: - Supreme Court and District Court (civil jurisdiction) - Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court (certain areas of the general federal jurisdiction) Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project Specialist referral for individuals who have made a claim for protection under the Refugee Convention.


Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service (MCLAS)

Free Legal Clinic is provided to assist the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of the community. Services are staffed by final year law student, and all services are supervised by experienced lawyers.

The MCLAS deals with disputes that fall within the Minor Civil Claims jurisdiction, Fencing Disputes, Negligence, Utilities, Building Disputes, Child Maintenance, Debt, Land and Contractual Disputes.

The Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service cannot provide advice in criminal and family law matters.

For further information or to make and appointment email or contact the service via phone.

Appointments are held at 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1.00pm at the Magistrates Court, Victoria Square, Adelaide


Ombudsman SA

There are multiple Ombudsman services in Australia that work across a number of sectors.

Ombudsman SA specifically handles complaints about SA Government departments.

To access the Ombudsman SA service, it is a requirement that you have initially attempted to resolve your complaint with the relevant government department. If the attempt to resolve the complaint was unsuccessful, Ombudsman SA can help to gain a resolution. Ombudsman SA can investigate complaints such as:

- A decision making process

- A failure to act or delay in taking action

- An unreasonable or unfair decision or requirement

- Staff Conduct or service delivery

For more information, visit the website or call the number below.


Outstanding Fines Assistance

If you are experiencing difficulty paying your overdue fines you can apply for a payment arrangement plan assistance. This will give you more time to pay your fines and more options in how you pay.

You can avoid enforcement actions such as suspension of driver's licence or clamping of your car, if you apply for a payment plan using the pdf attached to manage your fines or phone to make an appointment for a face to face meeting to discuss your situation.

There are several ways to pay your fine over an extended period including regular smaller payments via direct debit from Centrepay

You may be asked to provide some details regarding your financial situation to help you find a suitable arrangement.



The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) is a state tribunal that helps people in South Australia to resolve issues within specific areas of law, either through agreement at a conference, conciliation or mediation, or through a decision of the Tribunal at hearing. SACAT also conducts reviews of Government decisions.

SACAT strives to be accessible and responsive to user needs, and deals with cases in a large range of areas (or jurisdictions). Specifically, SACAT is the place to bring - certain civil law disputes or applications (landlord / tenant relationships), guardianship and administration, mental health and consent to treatment - administrative law disputes or issues, reviews of certain Government decisions (public or community housing decisions, land valuation decisions).

SACAT has a strong emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, using a range of approaches to achieve efficient and fair solutions to disputes and reviews.


Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) provides a free and independent dispute service for small business and residential consumers who have an unresolved complaint about their telephone or internet service in Australia.

The TIO is able to handle complaints about telephone and internet services, including by collecting any documents or information relevant to the complaint. They have the authority to decide the resolution of a complaint (the telecommunications company is legally obliged to implement) up to $50,000, and make recommendations up to $100,000.

Handling complaints about:

- billing

- contracts

- disability issues

- faults

- numbering

- privacy

- connections

- credit management

- disconnections

- land access

- priority service

- transfers

The website has facts, information and examples of complaints. Its worthwhile taking a look at some of the complaint examples to see if your complaint is similar to others listed.