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South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)

The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) began operation on 30 March 2015. It replaced a number of other Tribunals and Boards such as the Residential Tenancies Tribunal and the Guardianship Board.

For more information about SACAT see the SACAT website

For information on how to object to decisions about State government taxation (e.g. stamp duty, property valuation) see Complaints about taxation (State government).

Objectives [s 8]

Objects of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (SA) include:

  • Independent decision making;
  • Natural justice and procedural fairness;
  • High-quality and consistent decision making;
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Accessibility;
  • Expediency;
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR);
  • Low cost;
  • Plain language;
  • Less formal and technical; and
  • Flexibility.

SACAT membership:

  • President of the Tribunal [see ss 9-11, 30];
  • Deputy President(s) [ss 13-17];
  • Magistrates [s 18];
  • Ordinary members and senior members [ss 19-21]; and
  • Assessors [s 22].

Who sits on the Tribunal? [ss 23-26]:

  • Determined by the President.
  • Up to three members, with the most senior member presiding.
  • Decision is by the majority, but if it is equally divided then the presiding member decides.
  • Questions of law are decided by the Presidential member; with ability for the Presidential member to refer the question to the Supreme Court. Additionally, when a Presidential member decides a question of law, they are able to decide any other questions remaining between the parties [s 26].

Location and contact details:

Initially SACAT will be in two locations:

Adelaide CBD: Level 4, 100 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000; and

Collinswood: Level 8, 85 North East Road, Collinswood

Telephone: 1800 723 767

For more information visit the SACAT website.

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)  :  Last Revised: Mon Oct 8th 2018
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