Leadership and members
SACAT’s organisational structure is established in law, and the Tribunal is led by a President who is a Supreme Court judge, and a Deputy President who is a judge of the District Court.
SACAT’s organisational structure is established in law, and the Tribunal is led by a President who is a Supreme Court judge, and a Deputy President who is a judge of the District Court. As well as leading and guiding the operation of the Tribunal, and managing the business of the Tribunal, the President and Deputy President also conduct hearings on certain matters and reviews. The Tribunal registry is led by the Principal Registrar, who assists the President in the administration of the Tribunal and its day-to-day business.
President - Justice Greg Parker
Justice Greg Parker was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and President of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 14 November 2013. He fulfills the dual roles of President of SACAT and sitting justice of the Supreme Court.
Justice Parker was awarded the Public Service Medal in June 2013 for outstanding public service in the provision of legal and industrial advice as Crown Solicitor. For over 20 years he dedicated his career to providing legal advice based on the highest ethical and professional standards.
Justice Parker's public sector career began in the Commonwealth Public Service in 1970. He was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1990 and subsequently admitted to the High Court Roll.
He then joined Attorney-General's Department as a Solicitor in the Crown Solicitor's Office where he mainly practiced in administrative and employment law. He undertook a number of key leadership roles including Assistant to the Solicitor-General, Managing Solicitor Advising and Deputy Crown Solicitor. He was appointed Crown Solicitor in February 2010.
Deputy President – Judge Susanne Cole
Judge Susanne Cole fulfills the roles of Deputy President of SACAT, Senior Judge of the Environment Resources and Development Court and Judge of the District Court.
On 14 February 2014 Judge Cole was appointed to the position of Deputy President of SACAT.
Judge Cole has been a judge of the District Court and the Environment Resources and Development Court, and a member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal, since 2002. In 2010 she became the Senior Judge of the ERD Court.
After her admission to legal practice in 1982, Judge Cole practised at the Crown Solicitor’s Office, and at several Adelaide firms, principally in planning and environment, property, equal opportunity and general administrative law. She also lectured at the Flinders Law School for several years.
Principal Registrar – Clare Byrt
Clare Byrt is the Principal Registrar of SACAT, managing the business of the Tribunal and its staff.
Clare Byrt joined SACAT following her role as the South Australian District Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Clare was also Chair of the Administrative Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.