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
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
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR);
- Low cost;
- Plain language;
- Less formal and technical; and
- 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.
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