Protecting your rights

Below you will find South Australian, Australian and international laws and guiding principles designed to protect the rights of children and young people.

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

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that recognises the human rights of all children everywhere, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities, socio-economic or other status. More than 194 countries have signed the treaty, including Australia. This UNCRC underpins the work of the Commissioner for Children and Young people and affects all children living in South Australia.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles. Articles 43-54 are about how adults and governments should work together to make sure all children get all their rights.

Go to to read all 54 articles in detail. Alternatively download an ‘at a glance’ view here:

Equal opportunity Act 1984 (SA)

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

Find out more here:

The Fair Work Act (2009)

Workers are protected by law against discrimination on a range of grounds including age, gender and race. The Fair Work Act 2009 outlines the rights of all working people working. If you are a young person who is unsure of your rights at work find out more about them here:

The Australian Consumer Law  and 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 treat their customers (including children and young people) and other businesses, fairly at all times.

The Australian Consumer Law:

The Fair Trading Act 1987:

Residential Tenancies Act (1995)

If you are a young person who is renting a property in South Australia, you and the property manager or owner, have certain responsibilities you commit to undertaking throughout the period of your tenancy. Knowing your rights and responsibilities, along with those of the property managers/owners is important. They are all outlined in South Australia’s Residential Tenancies Act (1995).

Summary of the Residential Tenancies Act 1995:

Residential Tenancies Act 1995:

Victims of Crime Act (2001)

The Victims of Crime Act (2001) outlines the principles which govern the treatment of victims of crime in our criminal justice system. If something has happened to you and you are unsure about what your rights as a victim are, then follow the links below to find out: