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The Department for Education is committed to ensuring its complaint management system is easily understood and accessible to everyone. This page outlines services available if you need extra support to make a complaint about the department.
Service providers may be able to give support for customers:
- from a culturally diverse background
- who have special needs
- requiring additional assistance to make a complaint.
- For children with disability and special needs, refer to support for children with disability and special needs or phone 8226 1769.
- Aboriginal support staff are accessible at local education offices and schools. Search for your local partnership for contact details. If you need more support, you can contact the Aboriginal Education directorate education.aboriginalservices [at] sa.gov.au or phone 8226 1214. Read more about our Aboriginal education strategy.
- Students (under 18) can make a complaint to the Customer Feedback Unit (CFU). We encourage you to make the complaint with the school or Student Support Services at the local education office first. Help is available from CFU to support making contact if needed.
- Students and parents may receive additional support through their local education offices. Refer to parenting information and support for more information.
- For people who do not speak English contact Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 1800 280 203 (toll free).
- For Aboriginal interpreter services phone 8999 2062 or email ais [at] nt.gov.au.
- If customers are deaf, or hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls, the National Relay Service is available and can be contacted on 133 677 (TTY/voice calls) or 1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) at no extra charge.
- Child protection issues will be directed to the Department for Child Protection where appropriate.
Other links to external support services are:
- Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) phone 1300 733 606
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
- Kids Helpline phone 1800 551 800
- Lifeline phone 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue phone 1300 224 636
- Headspace for young people 12 to 25 years of age, phone 1800 063 267
- Youth Mental Health Service for young people over 16 to 24 years of age
- Women's and Children's Hospital phone 8161 7000
- Multicultural Youth SA Inc. phone 8212 0085
Additional support requests to service providers may include help with the preparation to describe or submit a complaint, find information to support the issue, or to identify which part of the complaint is the main concern and the resolution sought.