Law for Community Workers

If you wish you understood more about the law, if your clients have legal problems, if you wish you knew where and how to refer them for help, this training may be for you.

This training has a very practical focus, aiming to develop skills in identifying legal problems, giving legal information and assisting people to understand legal procedures.

It is aimed at community workers or staff in agencies involved in direct client contact.

Students need to be able to deal with legal terminology, be interested in legal issues and social justice, have good IT skills (or be willing and able to pick them up), and regular access to the internet and email.  People working in Aboriginal services, with new migrants, with people with a disability, with young people or working with any disadvantaged group are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Training - In Brief
Topics Covered
Law Handbook


The training covers the content of two units of study approved by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.

Students need to attend 14 two hour classes over one semester, undertake reading and learning activities each week as well as assessments. 

Students who successfully complete the training will have the above units added to their Academic Record at TAFE SA. These two units of study may also be used as electives in TAFE SA’s Certificate IV in Legal Services.  Note that if you wish to continue on to complete the Certificate IV, you may need to apply for entry through SATAC after completing these two units.


Topics covered include

  • Introduction to the Austrailan Legal System (such as separation of powers, court system, sources of law and using legal resources)
  • Introduction to Legal Assistance (such as giving legal information, making referrals for legal advice, assistance and representation and applying for legal aid)
  • Personal Decision-Making (such as advance directives, guardianship and consent to medical treatment)
  • Housing Law (such as tenancies and neighbourhood disputes)
  • Employment Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Credit and Debt Law
  • Family Violence (such as intervention orders and offences) and Child Protection
  • Family Law (such as children's matters, child support, separation, divorce and property division)
  • Social Security Law (such as welfare rights and appeals)
  • Criminal Law (such as arrest, bail, court process and sentencing)

All substantive topics will cover sources of law, using legal resources, giving legal information, where to refer for legal advice, assistance and/or representation, where particular types of claims are lodged etc.


The text book is the Law Handbook. This is published by the Legal Services Commissions and is available free online at Computers with internet access are available for use at TAFE SA sites and most public libraries on a free or low cost basis.


The class is held at the Adelaide campus of TAFE SA.

Regional and remote students may be able to attend via TAFE SA’s video conferencing sites located across the state (for example, at Berri, Ceduna, Elizabeth, Ernabella, Gawler, Gilles Plains, Kadina, Mount Barker, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Noarlunga, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor and Whyalla).

If this will be relevant to you then it is essential that you return an Expression of Interest Form as early as possible. This will ensure that the site can be booked in time for your commencement.

It may also be possible for students to attend through other videoconferencing technologies (but students would need a webcam, microphone, headphones and suitable PC and broadband internet connection). This would need to be further discussed with the Course Coordinator.


$493.50 (as at 1 July 2015)


Download an Expression of Interest Form and send it by email to or fax to (08) 8111 5500.

If your application is accepted then an email will be sent to you with details of the TAFE SA enrolment process. 

Please telephone Justice and Policing Studies at TAFE SA on (08) 8207 8322 if you would like information about enrolling in other units.

If you have any queries about the course content, please contact the Law for Community Workers Coordinator, Juliet Badics by telephone on (08) 8111 5749 or by email to

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