YOUR RIGHTS – Protecting your Rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children. Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status. More than 194 countries have signed the treaty including Australia, and it underpins the work of the Commissioner for Children and Young people, and it affects all children living in South Australia.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)


Equal opportunity Act 1984 (SA)

The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 is to promote equal opportunity for all South Australians. It aims to prevent discrimination against people and to give them a fair chance to take part in school life, work life and community life.


The Fair Work Act (2009)

All workers are protected by law against discrimination on a range of grounds including age, gender and race. The Fair Work Act outlines the rights of all people in South Australia who are working. If you are unsure of your rights at work, please read the following link. 

Worker’s rights


The Australian Consumer Law and The Fair Trading Act (1987)

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is the national law that protects consumers from unfair and unsafe business practices when buying goods and services. The Fair Trading Act (1987) is the state legislation that protects all consumers. Businesses must work within federal and state fair trading laws to make sure they are treating their customers and other businesses fairly.


The Australian Consumer Law

The Fair Trading Act


Residential Tenancies Act (1995)

If you are renting, you and the property manager/owner have responsibilities throughout the tenancy. Knowing your rights and responsibilities and the property managers/owners are important and are outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act (1995).


The following brochure is a summary of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995.


This is the full Residential Tenancies Act 1995.


Victims of Crime Act (2001)

The Victims of Crime Act (2001) outlines the principles to govern the treatment of victims of crime in the criminal justice system. If something has happened to you and you are unsure about what your rights are please click the following links there is also a summary you can read. 


Summary of Rights and responsibilities


Victims of Crime Act (2001)