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Laws to increase protection

Better protection for people living with intellectual disability or cognitive impairment


Laws have been introduced as part of South Australia’s Disability Justice Plan to increase protection for people living with intellectual disability or cognitive impairment.

The two new sexual offences relate to any person who provides a service to someone with cognitive impairment, whether paid or not. This might include home care assistants, support workers, cleaners or nurses but also extends to others like hairdressers, bus drivers or social activity volunteers.

Spouses or domestic partners of the person with cognitive impairment are not covered by the new laws, which commenced on Monday 30 March 2015. 

To view the current Act please click here: Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 s 51.


Fact sheets

Further information about the new laws is available in this plain English factsheet prepared by the Legal Services Commission.

Easy read fact sheet

An easy-read version of the information has been prepared for people with intellectual disability or cognitive impairment.

News release outlining the new laws


Promotional downloads

It would be greatly appreciated if you could distribute information about the new laws through your networks.

If you or your organisation is active on social media, please post the image below to promote awareness about the new laws among your contacts. You can also download a poster and postcard about the new laws for distribution in your workplace. Visit the 'downloads' section below. 

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To obtain copies of these resources in any other required accessible formats, or in languages other than English, contact the Attorney-General’s Department on ph (08) 8463 4364.