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). The Tribunal operates across the state of South Australia and is a key part of the state justice system.
Specifically, SACAT is the place to bring
- certain civil law disputes or applications, such as those that relate to landlord / tenant relationships, guardianship and administration, mental health and consent to treatment
- administrative law disputes or issues, such as requests for reviews of certain Government decisions such as certain public or community housing decisions, or land valuation decisions.
In addition to traditional hearings, SACAT has a strong emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, using a range of approaches to achieve efficient and fair solutions to disputes and reviews.
SACAT opened its doors to the public on 30 March 2015, and took on the work of these former bodies:
- Guardianship Board
- Residential Tenancies Tribunal
- Housing Appeal Panel.
In addition, the Tribunal took on
- appeals previously made to the District Court on Guardianship Board and Residential Tenancies Tribunal matters
- land valuation appeals previously made to the Supreme Court.
Postal address: GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001
Adelaide CBD: Level 4, 100 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000 and
Collinswood: Level 8, 85 North East Road, Collinswood (the ABC building)
A national telephone service established to assist families affected by relationship or separation issues. The Advice Line provides information on family relationship issues and advice on parenting arrangements after separation. The advice line is for anyone affected by the issue. This includes parents, grand parents, children, young people, step-parents or friends.
It can also refer callers to local services that can provide assistance.
The Family Relationship Advice Line (1800 050 321) is available from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday (local time), except national public holidays.
Special arrangements are indicated on the linked website for callers who are deaf or have hearing difficulties.
A website providing policy, legislation, advice and programs related to alternative dispute resolution, legal assistance, family law and federal courts and tribunals.
All assistance is provided by qualified legal practitioners. The service provides initial advice and referral to anyone seeking assistance and more services to people on low incomes.
They can provide advice on matters such as:
- family law
- minor criminal matters
- traffic offences
- consumer complaints
- neighbourhood disputes, and
- Consumer credit
Adelaide callers (08) 8342 1800
Country callers 1300 886 220
ALOS is a free service set up to provide legal advice and support to homeless and disadvantaged persons who need help with legal issues, and who cannot afford a lawyer. The service is free, and anyone with a legal problem is welcome to make an appointment.
We offer a confidential, respectful, and supportive service that aims to help our clients to deal with legal problems, small or large. We will take time to listen to what our clients say, explain the law, and help clients to find workable options.
Run by the University of Adelaide Law School. The office is staffed by final year law students from the University of Adelaide, and managed by fully qualified supervising solicitors. They also assist clients with managing their own cases, or can refer them to other agencies who have the capacity to handle more complex matters. Such agencies include the Legal Services Commission or JusticeNet SA.
Operates on Fridays out of the Westcare Centre, 216 Wright St, Adelaide, see website link for the location.
Contact office between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Expiation offences (on the spot fines) and Court imposed penalties or enforced expiation notices - apply to the Fines Payment Unit for a time payment arrangement.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 www.lsc.sa.gov.au
- 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.
The Southern Community Justice Centre is a community based organisation that offers individuals a free, confidential, initial consultation with a qualified solicitor or child support worker. We assist in a number of areas of law including; Family Law, Criminal, Civil 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 Legal service is available primarily to people who live or work in the southern and inner southern regions of SA. Head Office is located at Christies Beach. The regional office is at Warradale and the service runs outreach offices at Mt Barker, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island