Advance care directive decisions by SACAT

Advance care directive decisions made by SACAT (under the Advance Care Directives Act) are subject to a review within SACAT by more senior members and judges.

These are 'Reviews of  SACAT decisions', (and also called 'Internal Reviews'). These cases were formerly dealt with by the District Court on appeal from the Guardianship Board. 

The decision you receive from SACAT will state if it can be reviewed by SACAT. 

Read more about Reviews of SACAT decisions, including time limits and how to apply. 
Read more about Advance care directive orders.

You cannot apply for a Internal Review  

In relation to

  • a decision of the Tribunal not to authorise publication of a report of proceedings before the Tribunal
  • in relation to decisions that are not SACAT decisions (decisions of the Public Advocate can be reviewed by SACAT under s 34 of the SACAT Act)

You can apply

For Internal Review of a decision to

  • cancel an Advance Care Directive (ACD)
  • remove a substitute decision-maker or
  • make a declaration or direction under s48 of the Advanced Care Directives Act.

An application can be made for internal review of a decision by:

  1. the applicant for cancellation of the ACD
  2. the person who gave the ACD
  3. the Public Advocate
  4. any person who presented evidence or material or made submissions to the Tribunal in the case
  5. any other person who satisfies the Tribunal of a proper interest in the case.

You do not need permission

To apply for Internal Review of decisions made under the Advanced Care Directives Act