The Women’s Legal Service (SA) Inc. is a community based legal centre providing a legal services to women in South Australia.
- A free and confidential legal information telephone service.
- Free and confidential legal advice, assistance, referrals and representation.
- Metropolitan Outreach services such as at the Southern Women’s Community Health Centre & other locations such as Port Adelaide and Elizabeth may be arranged on request.
- Outreach services to rural, regional and remote areas including Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
- Community legal education workshops and seminars.
- Law reform initiatives and activities that work towards positive key legislative and policy changes for women.
Telephone advice: (08) 8221 5553
Country callers: 1800 816 349
Telephone advice lines are open
Monday 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
151 Franklin Street Adelaide SA 5000
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If you are under 18 and need help with legal issues, the Children’s and Youth Legal Service can help. It’s a free legal service for children and young people under 18 years of age.
We are dedicated to promoting the rights of children and young people and empowering them to manage their legal problems.
The service is confidential and operates in a friendly environment. We work for you only on your instructions. Whatever information you give us remains confidential and is not revealed to anyone – not to parents – not to the police.
- advice (in person or over the phone)
- court representation
- advocacy and referral.
We can help with any legal issues you have, including:
- criminal matters
- family difficulties
- children’s rights, and
- consumer rights.
We also provide community legal education through workshops and seminars, for children and those working with them on youth issues and laws.
This service is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney’s-General Department.
ALRM provides justice without prejudice to Aboriginal people in South Australia. Staff can help with matters including family law, criminal law, stolen generation compensation claims, and money issues.
ALRM also provides other services including the Aboriginal Visitors Schemes (AVS) and has access to 24/7 field Officers for your assistance.
AFCS, Aboriginal Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling services to Aboriginal People.
AFCS Financial Counsellors work with, and for, Aboriginal people facing financial hardship around the Port Augusta, Davenport Community, Port Pirie, Whyalla and in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land regions. The service offers counselling, sources financial assistance, and acts as Advocate. It also provides information on a range of financial areas such as budgeting, housing, Centerlink issues, superannuation in addition to giving financial advice.
Victim Support Service (VSS) provides free and confidential help to adult victims of crime, witnesses, their family, and friends across South Australia. We work in partnership with other organisations, we're not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to get our help. It doesn’t matter where the crime happened and you can call us any time after the crime, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.
We have an office in Adelaide and offices in seven country areas.
Mediation SA provides a free dispute resolution service to people throughout South Australia.
Mediation is a process which encourages people in conflict to explore options together to reach a mutually acceptable agreement, without involving the legal system.
We have trained workers to help you fix problems between you & your neighbour or in your community or club.
· We are a free service
· We will listen to what you have to say
· We will not talk about your disputes with others
· We do not take sides
· We will not force you to face your neighbour
· Only one person needs to make contact
· We can work after business hours if needed
· We can talk with you over the telephone or meet with you in your area
The Disability Discrimination Legal Service helps people who have been or may be discriminated against because of a disability. We provide free legal advice, representation, information and referral to other services.
Staffed by final year law students from the University of Adelaide.
Qualified legal practitioners supervise the service and all advice provided by the service is checked by an experienced lawyer.
The service runs at the Adelaide Magistrates Court in the city.
The MCLAS only deals with disputes that fall within the Minor Civil Claims jurisdiction.
Provides free legal advice, brochures and booklets, support and referral services for individuals and not-for-profit organisations.
Legal dispute resolution services are also available.
The Women's Information Service provides information to South Australian women online, over the phone and in person. We aim to increase access to information that promotes choice and empowerment.
The Women’s Information Service (WIS) also provides a Family Court Support Service. This is a free and confidential service providing trained volunteers to accompany women to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide. Court processes can be very stressful and take a long time, meaning that women can spend a lot of time waiting alone, which can be daunting.
The Family Court Support (FCS) service provides volunteers to accompany women to court. Volunteers attend a comprehensive training program and are experienced in court processes, giving them the skills and knowledge to accompany women to court and provide the support they need. They can also provide access to Secure Rooms and Childcare to assist you in attending court room proceedings.
Where there has been a history of domestic violence, it is recommended that you book a secure room at the court. This service offered by the court provides a safe space away from other parties in your court case, where you can wait until your case is called. Security guards can escort you to and from the secure room.
Free childcare is available at court, however priority is given to court ordered matters and is provided on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. You are not able to book this service.
You can talk to The Women's Information Service about:
Family life and relationships
Domestic/family violence, sexual assault and safety
Health and wellbeing
Accommodation and housing issues
Financial security and independence
Women's groups and events
Education, training and career paths
or anything at all...
We can discuss options and choices relevant to your individual situation.