The Attorney-General's Department provides legal and justice services for the South Australian Government and community in line with the Legal Assistance Strategy 2022-2025.

Legal Assistance Strategy 2022-2025

South Australia's Legal Assistance Strategy 2022-2025 (PDF, 7.9 MB) outlines the government's commitment to assist vulnerable people facing disadvantage who are unable to afford private legal services and access and engage effectively with legal solutions and the justice system to address their legal problems.

The Strategy:

  • sets out the structure of the legal assistance sector in South Australia
  • identifies legal need based on priority client groups
  • sets out the key priorities for future service provision across the state.

An Action Plan is currently being developed in consultation with South Australia's legal assistance sector to set out specific activities, projects, initiatives and reforms to achieve the key priorities set out in the strategy.

The Action Plan will be released in late 2022.

Legal aid and advice

People can access legal information without cost at the Legal Services Commission of South Australia (The Commission).

Free legal advice – Legal Services Commission of South Australia

A free 24 hour service is also available and covers more than 60 common legal areas.

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Legal aid

The commission provides legal aid if people need specific legal advice and are unable to afford private legal representation. People requesting legal aid will need to apply and it is granted based on their circumstances, including how much they earn and what they own.

Legal costs are determined by what a person can reasonably afford to be pay.

Legal aid – Legal Services Commission of South Australia

Community legal centres

Community legal centres provide legal assistance from community sites in rural and metropolitan locations across South Australia. Centres can offer general and specialist legal services including:

  • advice
  • representation
  • legal education.

Find a community legal centre