Publications


Online Order Form - to order printed copies of our publications

Enduring Power of Attorney Kit (for financial matters only)

The Legal Services Commission sells these kits for $22.00 (inc GST) each

On 1 July 2014 the new Advance Care Directives Act 2013 replaced the Enduring Powers of Guardianship, Medical Powers of Attorney and Anticipatory Directions. Please visit the new Advance Care Directives website www.advancecaredirectives.sa.gov.au

Annual Report Archive - download current & archived Legal Services Commission Annual Reports


UPDATE: PRE-2013 PUBLICATIONS


Since the Commission's Adelaide office relocation to 159 Gawler Place, please note that some of our pre-2013 publications will have an outdated CONTACTS page. The current address and telephone details of the Commission's Adelaide, metropolitan and regional offices can be viewed here.


CURRENT PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Publications

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Free Legal Help Flip Book

Do you have a legal problem? This easy read resource shows there are many ways the Legal Services Commission can help. We can assist you when you visit one of our offices, when you call our Legal Helpline or online.

Published
28-07-2015
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593kb

Got a Problem? Campaign

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Got a Problem? Cards

Free to order double side colour cards - from our 'Got a problem?' campaign promoting the services provided by the Legal Services Commission.

 

Published
31-07-2013
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Got a Problem? Poster

Free to order A-3 colour poster - a resource from our 'Got a Problem?' campaign promoting the services provided by the Legal Services Commission.

 

Published
31-07-2013
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Do Not Knock Campaign

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Beware Door-to-Door Sales: What You Need to Know

A door-to-door sales person may knock at your home and try to sell you something or ask you to change your gas, electricity or telephone supplier. This factsheet explains the rules that sales people must adhere to, your consumer rights and where you can get further help.

Published
16-05-2012
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Do Not Knock Stickers

Keep unwanted door-to-door sellers away with the Do Not Knock sticker. When displayed in a prominent location it sends a clear message to salespeople – ‘you’re not welcome at this address.’

Published
16-05-2012
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115kb

Booklets


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Community Titles - Legal Guide

A new publication highlighting the changes to community titles in South Australia.

(48 page PDF download)

Published
01-12-2014
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Court and Tribunal Fee Waiver Guide

A guide on how to apply for an exemption or waiver of court and tribunal fees. 
(33 page PDF download)

Published
23-02-2016
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Family Law and You

The Family Law Act is the main law that deals with divorce, disputes about children and the property of married and defacto couples.
(36 page PDF download) 

 

Published
11-05-2016
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Family Law Handbook & Services Directory

This booklet outlines the services that make up the family law system. Contact details for the main support services and agencies, organised by location, are also provided and may be of benefit to you and your family.
 

Published by the SA Family Law Pathways Network.

Published
18-06-2013
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Fences and the Law

This booklet answers common questions about dividing fences and explains the legal procedure you need to follow when you want to erect, replace or repair a boundary fence.
(24 page PDF download)

Published
26-05-2016
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606kb
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How to Recover a Debt

This booklet can be used if someone owes an established debt under $25,000, known as a Minor Civil Claim. An established debt means that the amount of money owed is fixed, for example: a dishonoured cheque, money owed for work done, money owed for goods, and money lent.
(35 page PDF download)

Published
18-07-2014
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Knowing Your Rights

Knowing Your Rights – a Guide to the Rights of Older South Australians

Published
27-04-2016
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Mortgage Stress Handbook

A practical guide for people having trouble with their mortgage.

Published by Legal Aid New South Wales & Consumer Credit Legal Centre NSW
(98 page PDF download)

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Motor Vehicle Accident Kit

This kit is to assist people who want to handle their own claim for the repairs to their vehicles as the result of an accident.
(32 page PDF download)

Published
15-07-2014
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560kb
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Preventing Conflicts in the Modern Neighbourhood

A publication from Mediation SA providing advice and tips on being a good neighbour and how to resolve disputes

Published
17-11-2015
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778kb
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Strata Titles - Legal Guide

A recently updated publication highlighting the changes to strata titles in South Australia and provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of strata unit owners.
(36 page PDF download)

Published
20-01-2014
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Trees and the Law

The purpose of this booklet is to outline the law relating to tree problems between private neighbours and to suggest some practical ways in which problems may be avoided. Updated March 2014.
(20 page PDF download)

Published
18-05-2016
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Workers' Rights - A Guide For Employees

The Workers’ Rights project is a joint initiative between the Legal Services Commission and the Working Women’s Centre SA, funded by the Australian Government through a Fair Work Ombudsman initiative to produce educative materials on the Fair Work Act 2009.
(68 page PDF download)

Published
13-07-2011
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954kb

Factsheets


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Adult Child Maintenance

If you are over 18 years of age and are unable to support yourself because you are completing your education, you may be entitled to receive adult child maintenance from your parent(s).

Published
29-04-2014
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Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a way of saying “I can’t pay my debts!”. The general effect of bankruptcy is to wipe the slate clean, so that you can make a new start.

Published
28-01-2016
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939kb
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Child Protection

The law concerning child protection in South Australia is the Children’s Protection Act 1993. This Act gives authority to Families SA to intervene when a child is at risk (i.e. when there are serious child protection concerns). 

Published
10-05-2012
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70kb
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Child Support

Parents who do not live together need to make arrangements to ensure that their children receive financial support. Usually this means the payment of child support from one parent to the other.

Published
29-10-2014
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431kb
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De Facto Relationships

 A de facto relationship is one where two adults live together as a couple. It is not enough just to live in the same house, or even to sleep in the same bed. To have a de facto relationship you must both intend to live together as a couple.

Published
28-01-2016
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Debts

Many of us go through a time when we cannot afford to repay money we owe. If you are being asked to pay money which you think you do not owe, you should seek help quickly to protect your rights.

Published
23-04-2014
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Domestic Violence via technology

Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harassment: Potential legal responses to abuse via technology

Published
17-02-2016
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269kb
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Drink Driving and the Law

There are two different drink driving offences: driving over the limit, that is, exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) and driving under the influence (DUI).

Published
30-11-2012
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165kb
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Family Law Conferencing

Conferencing is a meeting between people involved in a family law dispute. Conferencing is a type of family dispute resolution. It can help you to resolve your dispute without going to court

Published
13-03-2014
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546kb
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Going to Court

This fact sheet is for persons who have been charged with a criminal offence and have to attend a criminal law court. The civil and family law courts have different rules.

Published
22-07-2011
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Having a Grandchild in Your Care

Are you a grandparent that is currently caring for a grandchild on a long term basis? Do you look after a grandchild for long periods of time? Are you raising a grandchild - or considering this? Then this factsheet is for you. 

Published
13-12-2012
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378kb
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Intervention Orders

An intervention order (previously known as a restraining order) is a court order which prohibits a person from behaving in a particular manner towards a protected person or persons.

Published
22-07-2014
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385kb
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Intervention Orders for Persons Restrained

This factsheet provides information about restrictions applying to Intervention Orders (formerly known as a Restraining Order) for defendants. 

 

Published
12-04-2012
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133kb
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Maintenance - Child and Spousal

Orders can be made under the Family Law Act, 1975 for various types of maintenance payments, which are not covered by the Child Support Scheme.

Published
23-05-2007
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580kb
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Need Legal Help?

The Legal Services Commission helps people with legal problems. You may have been arrested, had a car accident, have a problem with your family, received a summons, or any of a hundred other things and not know where to go.

Published
28-01-2016
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109kb
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Noisy Neighbours

Noise from neighbours is a common source of nuisance, and for some people can be very upsetting. The main problems are caused by barking dogs, loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and cars.

Published
13-07-2011
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Police

Police in South Australia have wide powers and responsibilities. If you have contact with the police, it is important that you are clear about your legal rights. It is sensible to be helpful and courteous to police. However, you should not let the police abuse their powers or treat you in an improper manner.

Published
09-02-2016
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860kb
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Power of Attorney

If you give another person your ‘power of attorney’, it simply means that you give that person the power to act on your behalf (for example, to buy and sell things for you or operate your bank account).

Published
28-01-2016
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114kb
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Retaining Walls
A retaining wall is a structure built to retain a difference in ground level. While a retaining wall can serve as the footing for a fence, the wall itself is not  considered to be a fence and is covered by different laws. ...
Published
10-11-2015
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Same Sex Relationships
A same-sex relationship recognised by the law is one where two adults live together as a couple. It is not enough just to live in the same house, or even to sleep in the same bed. To have a recognisable relationship you must both intend to live together as a couple. ...
Published
24-09-2010
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Sex Consent and the Law

Becoming sexually active is a big step. It is important that you understand your legal rights and obligations when it comes to sex – so you know where you stand.

Published
14-05-2012
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Should I supervise contact?

Supervised contact means that the Court wants a responsible third person present when a parent spends time with their child.
 

Published
23-02-2011
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Unclaimed Goods
Unclaimed goods are things which have come into your possession but legally belong to someone else. If you sell or dispose of these goods without the owner’s consent you are committing a criminal offence.                                                               ...
Published
28-07-2014
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Wills

By making a will you are saying who you want to get your property and possessions (your ‘estate’) when you die.

Published
28-01-2016
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82kb

Trusted Moments

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Postcard

Trusted Moments is a short film produced by the Legal Services Commission about risky behaviour. The promotional postcard highlights the website - www.trustedmoments.com.au - while a QR link opens the film trailer on your mobile.

Published
29-11-2012
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Trusted Moments poster

The poster resource for the Trusted Moments short film which was produced in 2012 by the Legal Services Commission Community Legal Education Unit. Additional support materials can be found on the www.trustedmoments.com.au website.

Published
26-11-2012
PDF
292kb

Youth Legal

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Community Legal Education for Young People & Workers

The Community Legal Education for Young People and Workers poster - is available now online - or you can source this resource via our Publications Order page.

Published
21-10-2014
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In Trouble With The Law?

A brochure for young people explaining the legal support and advice offered by the Youth Legal Service at the Legal Services Commission.

Published
01-06-2014
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131kb
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What do These Legal Words Mean?

Our latest Youth Legal education resource from the Commission explains in easy to understand language a range of legal terms and issues relevant to young people today.

Published
11-09-2015
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546kb

Workers' Rights Factsheets

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Adverse Action: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights to a workplace that is free from discrimination, and one which allows you to exercise your general workplace rights without fear of reprisal. 

Published
11-07-2011
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199kb
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Awards, Agreements & Employment Standards: Workers' Rights

This factsheet outlines how your workplace rights and conditions are protected by law. The National Employment Standards (NES) provide minimum entitlements to all employees. 

Published
11-07-2011
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256kb
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Balancing Work & Life: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains options and entitlements that can be considered by individuals so as to balance life and work commitments. 

Published
11-07-2011
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275kb
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Before You Apply or Accept a Job: Workers' Rights

A factsheet explaining what should be contained in a job offer, your rights in signing workplace offers and employment contracts  - as well as where to get more advice if needed.

Published
11-07-2011
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128kb
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Different Ways of Working: Workers' Rights

A factsheet that defines the various ways of working and the varying entitlements of an individual if they are a permanent, casual, pieceworker or fixed term employee. 

Published
11-07-2011
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286kb
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Discrimination & Sexual Harassment: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights for a workplace free of discrimination and sexual harassment. It outlines how to stop unacceptable behaviour in the work environment - as well as how you can obtain more support or pursue legal action.

Published
11-07-2011
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267kb
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Leave: Workers' Rights

A factsheet that defines the National Employment Standards (NES), leave entitlements, leave loading, personal and carers leave - as well as your responsibilities regarding workplace leave. 

Published
11-07-2011
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222kb
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Negotiating With Your Employer: Workers' Rights

A factsheet providing hints and tips for effectively negotiating with your employer, as well as some workplace conditions that could be considered appropriate to negotiate for. 

Published
11-07-2011
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240kb
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Parental Leave: Workers' Rights

This factsheet defines parental leave, who is entitled to parental leave - along with your rights and responsibilities concerning parental leave and your employer. 

Published
11-07-2011
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359kb
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Superannuation: Workers' Rights

The Superannuation Guarantee Act currently provides almost all workers at least a nine per cent superannuation contribution from their employer on top of their ordinary pay and the right to determine which fund they contribute to. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Unfair Dismissal: Workers' Rights

A factsheet defining what constitutes unfair dismissal, the Termination Entitlements employers are obligated to provide, how to apply for unfair dismissal under the Fair Work Act - as well as where to seek additional support.

Published
11-07-2011

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Unions & Employee Associations: Workers' Rights

This factsheet explains your rights to join a Union or employee association. You don’t need your employer’s permission to join and you don’t have to tell your employer that you belong to a Union if you don’t wish to. 

Published
11-07-2011
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129kb
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When Your Job Ends: Workers' Rights

There are many different ways that your job may end, and each way has different legal requirements and implications. 

Published
11-07-2011
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Workers' Compensation & Safety: Workers' Rights

If you are injured at work or become ill as a result of work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation for lost wages, medical and other expenses. This factsheet defines the process of reporting an incident and your entitlements to appropriate rehabilitation, recovery and a return to work. 

Published
18-07-2011
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219kb
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Workplace Bullying: Workers' Rights

A factsheet defining bullying in the workplace as well as employers’ obligations to provide a safe workplace environment free of harassment and discrimination.  It defines strategies to deal with this type of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace as well as how to lodge a complaint or further legal action if it continues. 

Published
11-07-2011
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216kb
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Your Pay: Workers' Rights

A factsheet informing employees of how to confirm the right awards and pay rates, how pay is calculated, how often it should be calculated  - as well as information on pay increases and deductions. 

Published
11-07-2011
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257kb

Free 'Legal Resources Guide'


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Free 'Legal Resources Guide'

This comprehensive and recently updated guide gives useful contact details for the Legal Services Commission, Community Legal Services, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and other legal services in SA. Print on A3 paper for handy reference.

Published
11-02-2015
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259kb

Multilingual Cards

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Information in other languages (...see Sample Card)

‘Need Legal Help’ cards are available in Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Filipino, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Kirundi, Khmer, Kurdish, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Tigrinia, Uighur, Vietnamese. For orders, telephone 8463 3528.

Published
31-05-2011
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219kb

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