Structure and functions
Attorney-General's Department is organised by eight divisions.
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Consumer and Business Services l Finance, People and Perfromance l Fines l Legal, Legislative and Justice Services l Office of the Chief Executive l Projects and Technology l Rights Protection l Safework SA
Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is the amalgamation of the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner and the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. CBS regulates consumer markets to ensure quality of products and services and maintains fair competition. It also has responsibility for business and occupational licensing. Additionally CBS regulates liquor, gambling, trade promotion and fundraiser lotteries and charity industries to ensure that activities, products and services are provided by those industries in a fair and responsible manner, minimising harm and reflecting community values and expectations.
Finance, People and Performance Division provides a range of corporate services to the Department.
- The Finance function provides support and advice to Business Units on matters such as budgets, financial reporting, taxation and transaction processing.
- Human Resources is responsible for human resource management and services, workforce relations advice, organisational and workforce development, workforce safety and injury management and workforce information and reporting.
- Performance and Business Services supports functions such as procurement, business planning, performance reporting and freedom of information. It also manages AGD’s mail and courier requirements and is the key contact for fleet and travel requirements.
- Facilities and Security provides support and advice to business units on a range of accommodation, facilities and security matters.
- State Records provides statutory services for the management of, and access to, the State’s archival collection of state and local government records and provision of advice on records and information management, legislation, policy and practices. State Records also administers the State’s freedom of information and privacy regimes and copyright agreements. Website: State Records
The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit collect overdue fines on behalf of state and local government and also pursues overdue compensation payments for victims of crime.
Website: Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit - Link to contact details: contact details
Legal, Legislative & Rights Protection Services (LLRPS) Division encompasses the following units: Crown Solicitor’s Office, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor-General, Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Forensic Science SA and the Legislative Services unit. The Legislative Services unit provides specialist legal advice and develops and reviews legislative proposals affecting legislation aligned to AGD and its Ministers. Legal and Legislative Services division also supports and connects the Rights Protection and Social Justice units within the Department.
Crown Solicitor’s Office
The Crown Solicitor’s Office, through the Attorney-General, provides legal services to government Ministers, agencies and departments, including legal advice, representation before courts and tribunals, negotiating of commercial contracts, drafting and production of legal documents, counsel for the conduct of summary prosecutions and Magistrate’s appeals, native title claims management, land conveyance, and investigation services.
Website: Crown Solicitor's Office - link to page on this website
The Office of the Employee Ombudsman closed on 10th April 2015. If your enquiry relates to Employment under the national Fair Work system, workplace health and safety issues (including bullying), long service leave or discrimination in the workplace please click here: Office of the Employee Ombudsman – link to page on this website
Industrial Relations Commission of SA
The Industrial Relations Commission of SA is established by the Fair Work Act 1994 and deals with industrial disputes, awards, enterprise agreements, unfair dismissal claims and other grievance matters under the:
FairWork Act 1994
Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986
Public Sector Act 2009
Training and Skills Development Act 2008.
The Industrial Relations Court of SA is established by the Fair Work Act 1994; it is a participating court under the Courts Administration Act 1993 and has jurisdiction for employment and workplace matters, industrial offences and determination of questions of law referred to it.
Justice Sector Reform
Justice Sector Reform leads the Transforming Criminal Justice program - link to page on this website
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutes serious indictable crime on behalf of the people of South Australia. It also restrains and confiscates assets used in or derived from criminal activity.
Website: Director of Public Prosecutions
Office of Parliamentary Counsel
The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel provides a specialist legislative drafting, information and publication service for the Government and Parliament.
Website: Office of Parliamentary Counsel
The Solicitor-General is a statutory officer appointed by the Governor and is the State’s second legal officer after the Attorney-General. The Solicitor-General represents the Crown in civil proceedings and provides independent, high-level advice to the Attorney-General. Departmental staff support the Solicitor-General in this work.
South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)
The South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) is the new dispute resolution forum for South Australia’s Return to Work scheme. The tribunal provides timely, fair and independent resolution of workers compensation matters and helps injured workers return to meaningful employment.
On 1 July 2015, the Return to Work Act 2014 replaced the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 and SAET was established for the just, timely and efficient resolution of workers compensation matters, including:
disputes about workers compensation claims
undue delays in decisions on workers compensation claims
disputes about an employer providing suitable employment for a worker who has been incapacitated for work as a consequence of a work injury.
SAET will act with as little formality and technicality as possible and will strive to ensure natural justice and procedural fairness at all times.
For more information about the South Australian Employment Tribunal, or for advice or to lodge an application call 8207 0999.
South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal
The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal is established by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010 as an independent tribunal within the national health practitioner regulation scheme. The tribunal hears and determines complaints from national boards (supported by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority) and applications by health practitioners for review of decisions made by national boards that affect them.
Website: Health Practitioners Tribunal
Workers Compensation Tribunal of SA
The Workers Compensation Tribunal of SA is established by the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 and deals with disputes about claims for workers compensation under that Act. The focus is on early intervention in disputes and structured conciliation. Cases not resolved by agreement are heard and determined by judicial officers.
Website: Workers Compensation Tribunal
The Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) comprises an executive team and Ministerial Cabinet Coordination Unit. The Office also includes the Strategic Communications Group and the Internal and Risk Management Function.
Projects and Technology Division develops strategic justice policy and, through the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, provides crime statistics, research and program evaluation. It aims to prevent crime through the management of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants, and other funding such as the Community Legal Centre Program. The division also supports the Attorney-General's Department to become a high performing organisation by co-ordinating business and strategic planning, business process improvement and by providing a project management facilitation service to AGD's strategic projects.
Equal Opportunity Commission
The Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity aims to eliminate unlawful discrimination, by conciliating complaints of discrimination and informing the community about their rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity laws.
Website: Equal Opportunity Commission
Forensic Science SA (FSSA)
Forensic Science SA (FSSA) provides independent and timely scientific and pathological services to the justice system for the benefit of the South Australian community. Website: - link to page on this website
Office of the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights
The Office of the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights supports the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, who advises the Government, advances victims’ rights, and assists victims in their interactions with government agencies and others, including inquiring into victims’ grievances. The commissioner can also represent victims’ interests in certain criminal proceedings.
Website: Commissioner for Victims' Rights
Office of the Ombudsman
The Ombudsman is a statutory officer, independent of the Attorney-General’s Department, reporting to parliament. The Ombudsman investigates and attempts to resolve complaints against state and local government agencies under the Ombudsman Act 1972, and to identify and deal with misconduct and maladministration in public administration on referral by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012. In addition, the Ombudsman reviews determinations made by agencies under the Freedom of Information Act 1991. From 1 July 2015 the Ombudsman has responsibility in relation to complaints and access to information reviews under the Return to Work Act 2014.
The Ombudsman’s objective is to ensure the public receives fair treatment from government bodies and that public administration is reasonable and just.
Website: Office of the Ombudsman
Office of the Police Ombudsman (OPO)
The Police Ombudsman is independent of the South Australia Police (SAPOL) and accepts complaints against police officers and other employees of SAPOL. The Police Ombudsman has independent oversight of investigations into such complaints. The Police Ombudsman works towards instilling greater public confidence in SAPOL and its members.
Website: Office of the Police Ombudsman
Office of the Public Advocate
The Office of the Public Advocate promotes and protects the rights of people with mental incapacity in South Australia and their carers. Services include investigation, advocacy, guardianship and education, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life while safeguarding the wellbeing of this vulnerable client group.
Website: Office of the Public Advocate
Office of the Public Trustee
The Office of the Public Trustee provides trustee services for the public of South Australia including will preparation, estate administration and investment services. It acts as executor and trustee of deceased estates, manager of protected estates, attorney and, where necessary, litigation guardian. It also provides taxation and public education services.
Website: Office of the Public Trustee
As South Australia's work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA regulates, promotes and encourages safe, fair, productive working lives. SafeWork SA administers state industrial relations legislation and manages the state's work health and safety functions.
Website: Safework SA