Administrative Appeals Legal Advice Service

Administrative Appeals Legal Advice Service (AALAS) is a Community Legal Advice Service. We focus on helping clients who are going to attend a hearing at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) or the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to get a government decision reviewed. 

This clinic is run by final year Adelaide University Law students under the supervision of a legal practitioner.

About the AAT About the Sacat

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  • What are the costs?

    Our services are free of cost.

  • What can AALAS do for me?

    During an hour-long interview, you will have the opportunity to talk to us about your case. We will then consider the facts of your case, review the relevant law and advise you on what you can argue and evidence you can present to the Tribunal during your hearing. This information is provided in a formal letter of advice that we send to you after our interview.

    Any information you tell us during the interview is confidential and will not be discussed with anyone outside of AALAS.

    We do not legally represent you during your Tribunal hearing.

  • What is the review process?

    If you disagree with a decision that Centrelink has made and it affects you, you can ask for a review. There are three levels of review:
     
    1.     Internal Review of the Centrelink Decision by an Authorised Review Officer
    2.     Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Review of the Centrelink Decision
    3.     Further review of the AAT review
     
    Before you attend an AAT review hearing to try to get the Centrelink decision changed, you can talk to us at AALAS to get legal advice.

    Central Assessment Unit

    If you disagree with a decision made by the Central Assessment Unit (CAU) of the Department of Human Services to issue you a "Prohibition notice" you may apply to SACAT to have this decision reviewed. 
     
    Before you attend a SACAT review hearing, you can talk to us at AALAS to get legal advice.

    Department for Child Protection

    If you are unhappy with the decision made by the Department for Child Protection you may be able to seek a review at SACAT.

    Before you can seek a review at SACAT, there must be an internal review conducted by the DCP.

    Before you attend a SACAT review hearing, you can talk to us at AALAS to get legal advice.

Make an appointment

COVID-19 Changes: For the foreseeable future, AALAS will hold appointments over the phone or Zoom.

Operating hours: Thursdays 9.00am – 5.00pm during the university semester

Email: aalas@adelaide.edu.au

Location: Ligertwood building, Adelaide Law School, North Terrace

Book an appointment