Law for Community Workers

About the Course

About the Course

The course has a very practical focus, developing skills in giving legal information and assisting people to understand legal procedures. Staff in government departments involved in direct client contact, as well as community workers, would benefit from this course.

The course consists of two semesters which are being currently re-accredited.

Semester 1 (2 units) (Semester 1 is a prerequisite for Semester 2)

Semester 2 (2 units)

These accredited modules will be a pathway to a recognised TAFE qualification, Certificate IV in Legal Services. They may also be used as electives in other TAFE Community Services award or other courses with that Co- ordinators approval. Note that if you wish to continue on to complete the Certificate IV or another TAFE award, you may need to apply for entry through SATAC after completing the two modules.

Students need to attend one morning a week over two 21 week semesters.  Students complete homework each week as well as assessments.

The course is held on Thursday mornings from 9 am – 12 noon  for most of the year. Enrolment day will be Thursday 30th January, 2014


Law for Community Workers is held at the Adelaide Institute of TAFE. It is relayed by video conference to students at  6 rural and regional TAFE colleges with video conference facilities (for example, ADELAIDE,  BAROSSA, BERRI or RENMARK, CEDUNA, CLARECOOBER PEDY, ELIZABETH, ERNABELLA, GAWLER, KADINA , KINGSCOTE (KI), MOUNT BARKER, MOUNT GAMBIER, MURRAY BRIDGE, NARACOORTE, NOARLUNGA, PORT AUGUSTAPORT PIRIEPORT LINCOLN, VICTOR  HARBOR, WAIKERIE AND WHYALLA ). Regional sites must be nominated in advance so if you wish to participate through a site other than Adelaide.  Please ring Liz Ahern now on (08) 8111 5570 to see if it is available. Bold indicates a tentative site booking which will be cancelled if no students enrol..

Other sites may be possible via MOVI  or maybe Centro (but you will need webcam, microphone, headphones & suitable PC and  broadband computer connection). Ring Liz Ahern to discuss further on (08) 8111 5570.


Fees for 2014 still to be confirmed. 

Text book:

The Law Handbook Online SA is available FREE through this web site!   Internet access computers are available in TAFE colleges and most public libraries on a free or low cost basis.                            

*Regular access to a computer and broadband internet access is compulsory.   Advanced computer skills are higly desirable.

Should you have any queries about the course, please contact Liz Ahern on (08) 8111 5570, or e-mail and submit your Expression of Interest form before  6/1/2014


Download Expression of Interest Form and send by fax on 8463 3599 or email to be put on the waiting list.  If accepted then an email will be sent to you with details of the TafeSA enrolment process.  An invoice will be sent to you requiring payment to Justice and Policing Studies, 120 Currie Street, Adelaide 5000. Payment can be done online and/ or  a printed invoice can be paid at an Australian Post Office branch.  Ring Justice and Policing Studies on (08) 8207 8322 for information on enrolling in other subjects in Certificate IV in Legal Services  or Certificate III in Policing Studies.


Semester 1 Use legal principles of law & procedure relating to conflict in a community setting - ( 2 unit titles will be confirmed soon)


  • Legal & Court System
  • Communication & Interviewing
  • Legal  help & Legal research
  • Consumer Law
  • Consumer Credit
  • Debt Recovery & Bankruptcy
  • Working with Aboriginal Clients & Clients from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
  • Family Law & Children's issues
  • Family Law & De facto Property Settlements
  • Child Support Scheme
  • Family Violence
  • Child Protection
  • Housing (Tenancy)
  • Mediation
  • Neighbours
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Review & Evaluation

Applying principles of law & procedure in a community setting ( 2 unit titles will be confirmed soon)

(Semester 2) - Topics

  • Legal Profession, Ethics & Advocacy
  • Interviewing and Communications Part II
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Evidence, Investigations and Police Powers
  • Children and Young Offenders
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship
  • Health Law
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Workcover
  • Social Security
  • Complaints against Government
  • Privacy, Freedom of Information and Defamation
  • Property ( Real & other)
  • Environment & Planning Law
  • Traffic Offences, Licences and Demerit Points
  • Interviewing Workshop
  • Review and Evaluation

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