Welfare Rights Centre SA and the Housing Legal Clinic

The Welfare Rights Centre (SA) Inc is a community legal service providing advice and assistance to South Australians tenancy and social security law.  The Centre also runs the Housing Legal Clinic for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Tenancy matters

The Centre conducts a FREE Duty Solicitor Advice Service at the South Australian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (www.sacat.sa.gov.au) every Wednesday and Friday for people who have a housing dispute at the Tribunal.  If you have made, or are considering making an application to the Tribunal about your housing dispute and would like an appointment with the Duty Solicitor Advice Service please contact the Tribunal on 1800 723 767.

We recommend before going to the Tribunal about your housing dispute you should raise your concerns with your landlord.  If you are unable to do this, please contact us to discuss the problems.

For people who rent from Housing SA or a Community Housing Association there are procedures you need to follow to have a decision reviewed.  You should talk to your housing provider to find out what they are.

If you rent through a real estate company or a private landlord you should talk to them about your issue and ask for a full explanation in writing.

If you are unsure of the procedures that need to be followed prior to an application at the Tribunal, please contact us to discuss.

Alternatively, if you have a recent decision, have not appealed to the Tribunal and are unsure about what to do or need some advice you can contact the Tenancy Information and Advice Service on 1800 060 462 or http://www.syc.net.au/tias/overview/.

Good news!!

Our very popular Community Workers Forums are back!  Our first forum will be in the Northern Suburbs, kindly supported by Northern Connections and the City of Playford.  We will be looking at appeals processes for both the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in the areas of Centrelink and tenancy matters.

Representatives from Welfare Rights Centre and the Housing Legal Clinic, Uniting Communities Law Centre, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal will be presenting information.

If you are a community worker, you are welcome to join us on Friday 2 March at 9.30am at the John McVeity Centre, 182 Peachey Road, Smithfield Plains.

For bookings and more information please click here.

Download a copy of the forum brochure here.

See here for useful links.