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South East Community Legal Service

South East Community Legal Service can provide advice about dismissals to employees. Please be aware that there is a limitation period of 21 days in responding to an unfair dismissal claim.


We can provide some advice on conditions of employment, pay and entitlements. Limited advice can also be offered regarding bullying, discrimination and adverse actions within the workplace. We cannot review an employment contract prior to employment commencing. We cannot provide advice to employers.


If you are not sure if we can help, make an appointment anyway. If we are not able to assist you, we can refer you to an organisation that can.

Legal Services Commission Legal Help Line: 1300 366 424

Office Hours: 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Website: http://www.lawhandbook.sa.gov.au

  • A free telephone helpline for legal advice and information in most areas of law including employment law.
  • Online Resource: The LawHandbook Online contains an overview of the law in South Australia in everyday language. The Employment section contains a clear and very useful overview of all aspects of employment law, including information about laws relating to awards, industrial relations and conditions of employment.

Local Private Solicitors

  • For legal advice, negotiation, court representation, drafting legal documents and agreements.
  • Some solicitors provide a short free appointment on request.
  • Please contact SECLS on 8723 6236 or 1300 369 236 for a solicitor referral list or click here to download a copy.


Website: http://www.austlii.edu.au/

  • Online resource: A legal website run by UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law, that provides legislation, cases and journal articles on all areas of Australian law including employment law.  This is primarily targeted at lawyers but can be accessed and used by non-lawyers.


YOUNG  WORKERS  (UNDER 30 years old)

Young Workers Legal Service

 Phone: (08) 8279 2233

 Rural callers can ask the service to call them back.

 Office Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

 Website: www.ywls.org.au

  • Is a one off service that assists workers who are not in a union. Appointments are pre-booked with interviews being held on Tuesdays.
  • Advice is free but young workers will be responsible for any legal costs incurred including lodgment of fees, obtaining evidence and attending Tribunal hearings.



Working Women’s Centre S.A

Phone: (08) 8410 6499 or 1800 652 697

Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesdays there is an answering machine service, please leave a message and your call will be returned within 24hrs.

Website: www.wwc.org.au

  • Service is based in Adelaide but provides telephone legal advice and information on all employment issues. If they are unable to assist they will refer to another service that is based on your personal circumstances.



Fair Work Ombudsman

 Phone: 13 13 94

 Office Hours: 8am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday

 Website: www.fairwork.gov.au

  • Offers free advice on wages, conditions, workplace rights and obligations to anyone employed under a modern award.



ACTU Workers Hotline

 Phone: (03) 9664 7333 OR 1300 486 466

 Office Hours: 9am – 6pm Monday to Thursday

                              9am – 4:30pm Friday.

 Website: www.actu.org.au

  • Will provide free general advice about worker’s rights regardless of whether you are in a union or not.




 Phone: 1300 486 466

 Website: www.unionsaustralia.com.au

  • For all employees and will provide answers to questions about workers’ rights and entitlements.
  • Gives specialist advice on joining a union based on your working needs.



Traineeships & Apprenticeships Service

 Phone: 1800 673 097 or 8735 1618

 Office Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

 Website: www.skills.sa.gov.au

  • Will provide legal advice about your rights and obligations as an apprentice or trainee.
  • Will refer a person to the appropriate service if the matter is not in their field of expertise.



Office of Employee Ombudsman

 Phone: (08) 8207 1970

 Office Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

 Website: www.employeeombudsman.sa.gov.au

  • Offers assistance to local and state employees who are under an agreement, award or award free arrangements. Advice can be given in relation to wages, occupational health and safety, enterprise bargaining.



Australian Human Rights Commission

 Phone: 1300 369 711 General Inquires

 Office Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

 Website: www.humanrights.gov.au

  • Issues relating to Federal laws.
  • Will investigate and help resolve complaints in

respect to human right violations and   employment in matters relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s sex, disability, race, political opinion, religion, social origin, age, criminal record or trade union activity.

Equal Opportunity Commission

 Phone: 1800 188 163

 Office Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday

 Website: www.eoc.sa.gov.au

  • Issues relating to State laws.
  • Assists South Australian employees and job seekers to resolve complaints in relation to discrimination or harassment within the workplace. If they cannot resolve the complaint the matter will be referred to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.



Safework SA

Phone: (08) 8735 1199 Mount Gambier Office

24HR line serious injuries/incidents:

1800 777 209

Office Hours: 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Website: www.safework.sa.gov.au


  • Can assist all South Australians in respect to any incidents or injuries that occur at work that are in relation to the OHS legislation.



Independent Contractors Helpline

Phone: 1300 667 850

Office Hours: 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday

  • Provides information about a range of independent contracting matters. Will assess if they can assist you after taking into consideration all circumstances relevant to your matter.

Business Gov

Phone: 13 28 46

Website: www.business.gov.au

  • Has an online contracting tool where you answer a quiz based on your situation and its aim is to help individuals in identifying whether they are an independent contractor or an employee.




Phone: 1300 135 040

Office hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday AEST

Website: www.feg@employment.gov.au

  • Provides assistance to employees who have lost    their jobs when a liquidator or trustee in bankruptcy has been appointed and who are owed entitlements.




View our Fact Sheets and Media Releases for information on a range of legal topics.

SECLS offers legal seminars to community workers, groups, agencies, cultural associations and the public. Links to Community and Legal Services that may assist you.