The South Australian Civil Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) helps people in South Australia resolve issues within specific areas of law – either through agreement at a conference or through a decision of the Tribunal at a hearing.
SACAT is the place to bring:
- certain civil law disputes or applications – including landlord and tenancy issues, guardianship and administration, mental health and consent to treatment
- administrative law disputes or issues – including reviews of certain government decisions.
See Case types for more about what we do.
Our organisational structure is set out in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013
The Tribunal is led by a President who is a Supreme Court judge and a Deputy President. They guide how the Tribunal operates, manage the business of the Tribunal and conduct hearings on certain matters and reviews.
The Tribunal registry is led by the Principal Registrar who supports the administration of the Tribunal in its day-to-day business.
About our Tribunal Members and statutory officers
Our Tribunal Members are from a range of professions and backgrounds, including lawyers, psychiatrists, people with a social welfare or nursing background and accredited mediators.
SACAT has members from non-English speaking backgrounds, those with experience and knowledge of disability, mental illness and other barriers faced by SACAT users.
Tribunal Members uphold the law and values of the Tribunal at a hearing or conciliation.
The Hon Justice Judy Hughes was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court and President of SACAT on 4 July 2017.
Justice Hughes has worked in private legal practice and the Crown Solicitor’s Office, as well as policy development roles within the Attorney-General’s Department.
Between 2000 and 2006 she was Deputy Commissioner for Consumer and Business Affairs, and was heavily involved in real estate reforms, industry regulation, incorporated associations and consumer law.
She returned to the Crown Solicitor’s Office as an Executive Solicitor before being appointed Crown Solicitor and overseeing an office of 280 staff.
Deputy President - B Johns
Principal Registrar - A Lindsay
Senior Tribunal Members
- M Alvino
- C D'Arcy
- L Gilfillan
- A Lazarevich
- K McEvoy
- N Rainford
- J Rugless
- M Stevens
Dispute Resolution Coordinator and Deputy Registrars
- M Player-Brown, Deputy Registrar, Alternative Dispute Resolution
- D Attard, Deputy Registrar
- S Savic, Deputy Registrar