dog and cat management

Reviews of decisions under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA)

From 1 July 2018 SACAT will have review jurisdiction under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA). This will enable reviews of certain decisions made by a council, the Dog and Cat Management Board or an authorised person under the Act.

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

SACAT can review the following decisions of a council or the Dog and Cat Management Board:

  • The destruction of a dog
  • A Control (Dangerous Dog) Order
  • A Control (Menacing Dog) Order
  • A Control (Nuisance Dog) Order
  • A Control (Barking Dog) Order
  • A prohibition order, preventing a person from acquiring or becoming responsible for any dog, and requires each dog currently owned by the person to be destroyed

SACAT can also review the decision of a person to refuse to allow the release of a dog or cat that is being detained under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream.

You may wish to seek a stay of a destruction order to avoid the dog being put down prior to any review being heard.

Time Limits

Generally, an application for review of a decision must be lodged:

  • Within 14 days after the applicant receives notice of the relevant decision;
  • In special circumstances, the Tribunal may permit you to make an application after this time.

Before applying to SACAT for a review, you must:

To review a decision of a council or the Dog and Cat Management board, you must:

  1. Have a copy of the decision or order which you want to challenge – you should include this with your application.
  2. Indicate whether you are a seeking a stay pending the review on the application form.
  3. Ensure you are ready to pay the required fee for making an application.

To review a decision of a person who is refusing the release of a dog or cat that is being detained, you must:

  1. Have a copy of the decision which you want to challenge – you should include this with your application.
  2. Ensure you are ready to pay the required fee for making an application.

How to apply:

Click here to start an online application.  In the field entitled ‘Type keyword here’ contained within Step 2 type the word ‘dog’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

If you are not sure if you have selected the correct application type you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description of the application you have selected.

If you have any further questions or you would like a staff member from SACAT to assist you in completing the application please call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 3).

Attach a copy of the decision you are seeking to review:

You must upload a copy of the decision you are seeking to review when completing your on-line application, or you can email the decision to SACAT at sacat@sacat.sa.gov.au, or post the decision to SACAT at GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001. Please quote your tracking code or file number when sending any correspondence to SACAT.

Fees:

There is a filing fee applicable for this type of application. Payment can be made on-line by credit card at the time of completing the on-line form, or by using one of the other options outlined in the payment section of the on-line form.

Click here to see a list of current fees and information about payment methods and fee waiver options.

Organisations that may be able to assist you:

  • Legal Services Commission - www.lsc.sa.gov.au – The Legal Services Commission offer a free telephone legal advice line and other methods of advice for members of the public.
  • Welfare Rights Centre - www.wrcsa.org.au – The Welfare Rights Centre will provide free legal advice to people who are low income earners or are at risk of homelessness. In some instances the Welfare Rights Centre may represent a member of the public at the Tribunal.

Relevant legislation: