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Welfare Rights Centre (SA) is changing. Previously, the bulk of our work involved assisting clients with Centrelink issues; this is no longer the case. If you're wanting help with matters involving Centrelink, you can now contact the Uniting Communities Law Centre on 8342 1800; their website can be found here.
The services that we now provide are focused on housing issues. For a number of years we have administered the Housing Legal Clinic, where various Adelaide law firms provide pro bono--it's free--legal advice to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This service is continuing, unchanged. If you are interested in accessing a clinic, you'll need to contact a particular clinic to determine your eligibility and make an appointment. See the list of clinics and contact numbers below.
Our new service relating to housing matters means that anyone in a rental arrangement--private, Housing SA, Community Housing--can contact us for assistance if they are experiencing a problem with their rental. If you feel that you're not making progress with your landlord, there are a number of other things that you can do.
If you are experiencing problems with your rented property the first thing you should do is talk to your landlord or housing provider to see if the issue can be resolved without any assistance. If you feel that you're not making progress with your landlord you can talk to the Tenancy Information and Advice Service (TIAS), Legal Services Commission or Consumer and Business Services. If you are still unable to resolve your problem or you are being told you will be evicted you can contact the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) and us.
SACAT is like a court and they have the power to make binding decision that all parties must adhere to.
The contact details for the various organisations and departments you can talk to are:
• Tenancy Information and Advice Service: 1800 060 462, or see TIAS;
• Legal Services Commission of South Australia: 1300 366 424, or see LSC;
• Consumer and Business Services: 131 882, or see CBS;
• South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT): 1800 723 767, or see SACAT.
THE HOUSING LEGAL CLINIC
• Hutt Street: 84182500;
• The Magdalene Centre: 8305 9389;
• Anglicare Elizabeth: 8209 5400;
• Uniting SA Port Adelaide: 8440 2200;
• Uniting Care Wesley Bowden: 8245 7100;
• Uniting Communities Pitt Street: 1800 615 677;
• Catherine House (in house clients only).
SOME OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS
• National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007, or see NDH;
• Disability Rights Advocacy Service: 08 8351 9500, or see DRAS;
• Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service: (08) 7122 6030, or see DAaCS;
• Housing SA: (08) 8207 0211, or see Housing SA.
Welfare Rights Centre (SA)
Phone: 08 8223 1338
Toll free: 1800 246 287
Po Box 3609
Rundle Mall 5000
Level 5, 89 Pirie St
Please note: this office will be closed from Midday the 19th of December until 9:00am Monday the 8th of January. In case of an emergency, please contact Legal Services on 1300 366 424.