The Commission’s biennial conference will be held on Friday 2nd May 2014. This popular event attracts professionals from across the law and justice sectors. The day-long conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre beginning with a continental breakfast and ending with a cocktail reception. Delegates who are legal practitioners can claim CPD points for many of the sessions, including the three compulsory points in ethics, practice management and professional skills. The conference provides an excellent networking opportunity for South Australian professionals.

We have a remarkable line-up of speakers including the Chief Justice of South Australia, Hon Christopher Kourakis, the DPP Adam Kimber SC, the Chairman of the Commission, Michael Abbott AO QC, retired Judge Kevin Duggan AM, Kerry Greenwood, legal aid lawyer and author of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, journalist and author Derek Pedley and Associate Professor Peter Miller who is the author of a recent national study on alcohol and violence. 
The program will cover a range of current topics in contemporary criminal and family law issues such as drunks and the law, family conferencing, the electronic policeman; working with child witnesses; same-sex marriage, court room best practice and Hague Convention cases.
A variety of full and half day pricing options are available.

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The Commission’s Migrant Education Program was a finalist in the recent Governor’s Multicultural Awards for the outstanding contribution of a unit in a government agency. The Commission has a proud history in the provision of community education for new migrants and has consistently run programs in this very important area for over 20 years. In 2013 the Commission received a National Migration and Settlement Award for our work in raising awareness of legal rights and responsibilities amongst refugees and migrants.

In the 2012-2013 financial year, over 4,200 new arrivals attended a Legal Services Commission workshop to learn about the law in Australia. The Commission developed its migrant education program to ensure that new migrants and refugees understand their legal rights and responsibilities and can participate fully in Australian society.  The migrant education program covers topics such as family law, driving, buying a car, police and crime, renting, employment and the court system.

The Commission Migrant Education Team recently visited Mt Gambier to deliver legal education sessions to new migrants that had recently settled in the South East region. Mount Gambier is now classified as a Direct Settlement Location and has a large number of new migrants moving into the area, mainly from Central Africa, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

Community Legal Education staff Dr John Mugabushaka and Melanie Robinson ran a series of education session on the ‘Laws of Australia’ at the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Mount Gambier. The Mount Gambier City Council assisted by organising a public information session on how to get legal information and access legal assistance. We also met with South East Community Legal Centre staff for a training session on the What’s the law? legal education kit for new migrants.


Following changes to Strata and Community Titles the Legal Services Commission now provides a specialised advice service to unit owners. Information packs have been posted across South Australia to over 18,000 strata and community corporations informing them of changes to legislation.  

We have also published a new Strata Titles Legal Guide and produced a colourful fridge magnet flyer in the same style.

To contact the Strata and Community Advice Service, please call 1300 366 424.

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