Disaster Relief & Recovery

In preparation of a large scale disaster in this state, the Law Society of South Australia has coordinated offers of legal assistance from individual practitioners and firms who can be activated at short notice to provide legal advice and assistance.

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia provides a free Legal Helpline for those affected by a natural disaster to speak to an adviser about their legal issues and options.

The disaster recovery free legal advice service commenced in 2011 and has been activated three times. In addition, the Legal Services Commission of South Australia is also currently collaborating with Community Legal Centres (SA) to deliver a specific bushfire legal assistance support project toassist those affected by the 2019/2020 South Australian bushfires. Both services have appointed dedicated lawyers (“Legal Officers”) to provide free legal advice and assistance to members of the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, and Yorke Peninsula communities. The project is funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

Face-to-face appointments are available at Parndana, Lobethal, and Yorketown. Visit the outreach calendar to see when they are next visiting. For further information, or to book an appointment (face-to-face, or via telephone, or videoconferencing), contact:  

  • Kangaroo Island residents can ring 8121 4473 or email bushfirelegal@clcsa.org.au;
  • Residents from the Adelaide Hills can ring 1300 366 424; and
  • Yorketown residents can call 1300 366 424 or 08 8121 4473. 

Legal advice and assistance is also available to residents impacted by the bushfires from the Coorong, Kingston SE, Mid Murray, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge and Southern Mallee council districts. For more information or to book an appointment, call the Legal Services Commission on 1300 366 424.

For those impacted by the recent Cherry Gardens bushfire, you can contact the Southern Community Justice Centre on 08 8384 5222 or Uniting Communities Law Centre on 08 8342 1800. For those impacted by the recent Blackford/Lucindale bushfire, please contact the Limestone Coast Community Justice Centre on 08 8723 1396.

You can access the Free Legal Helpline by calling 1300 366 424.

Alternatively, to be referred to a lawyer who can provide assistance, contact the Law Society on (08) 8229 0200 or email disaster.planning@lawsocietysa.asn.au.

The Legal Services Commission also provides links to a number of useful resources and fact sheets including:

Emergency Information Resources

Disaster Relief and Recovery Resources

Legal Help Resources

These links are available from the Legal Services Commission website here


If you are a legal practitioner wishing to register your offer of legal assistance, please do so by clicking here.