SACAT can help people resolve issues, through making a decision, and can also conduct reviews of government and SACAT decisions within specified areas of law.

The following legislation specifies the areas of law in which SACAT can operate and the cases that the Tribunal handles in each jurisdiction.

LegislationDescriptionCommencement date at SACAT

Adoption Act 1988 and Adoption (General) Regulations 2018

Review certain decisions of the Chief Executive regarding registration on the Prospective Adoptive Parents Register

5 July 2018

Advance Care Directives Act 2013

Review certain matters mediated by the Public Advocate regarding Advance Care Directives

Revoke Advance Care Directives and appointments of substitute decision-makers

Resolve disputes regarding Advance Care Directives

29 March 2015

Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002

Review certain decisions of the the  Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, or an authorised officer, regarding compensation or the issue/variation of a compliance order under the Act

22 February 2018

Air Transport (Route Licensing—Passenger Services) Act 2002 | South Australian Legislation

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport regarding air-transport route licensing

2 December 2019

Animal Welfare Act 1985

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Environment and Water, and animal ethics committees, relating to licensing individuals to acquire and use animals in teaching, research, or experimentation

14 December 2017

Aquaculture Act 2001

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development regarding aquaculture licences

14 December 2017

Architectural Practice Act 2009Review certain decisions of the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia

Determine disciplinary matters against architects and architectural businesses

4 May 2020

Associations Incorporation Act 1985

Review certain decisions or acts of the Corporate Affairs Commission

22 February 2018

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996

Review certain decisions of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Resolve disputes about a child’s name, approve applications to change a child’s sex or gender identity, and order or direct the registration of a death or correction of registrable information about a death

5 July 2018

Boxing and Martial Arts Act 2000

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing relating to licensing of boxing and martial arts events and registration of contestants

2 December 2019
Building Work Contractors Act 1995

Review certain decisions of the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs regarding the licensing of building work contractors and the registration of building work supervisors

Determine disciplinary matters against building work contractors, supervisors and consultants

4 May 2020

Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

Review certain decisions of the Chief Executive regarding the approval of carers or cancellation of approval

Review certain decisions of the Chief Executive regarding a child or young person in custody or under guardianship of the Chief Executive

Review decisions for information to be provided to approved carers, children and young people; and for approved carers entitlement to participate in the decision making process

26 February 2018

Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016

Review certain decisions of the Central Assessment Unit of the Department of Human Services to issue or revoke a Prohibition Notice

1 July 2019

Community Housing Providers (National Law) (South Australia) Act 2013

Review certain decisions of a community housing provider, or a decision of a Registrar relating to the registration of community housing providers

29 March 2015

Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995

Review certain decisions of the Office of the Public Advocate regarding consent to medical treatment

Provide consent to medical treatment

29 March 2015

Controlled Substances Act 1984 and Controlled Substances (Pesticides) Regulations 2017

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Health and Wellbeing regarding licences, authorities, prohibition orders and permits granted under the Act

Commonwealth therapeutic goods law applications in South Australia

16 November 2016 and 4 May 2020

Controlled Substances Act 1984 (Poppy Cultivation)

Review of decisions of the Chief Executive relating to the issue or holding of a poppy cultivation licence or poppy processing licence

16 September 2016

Conveyancers Act 1994

Review licensing, registration and other decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs

Determine disciplinary matters against conveyancers

4 October 2018

Co-operatives National Law (South Australia) Act 2013

Review certain decisions of the Registrar relating to registration, rules and remuneration of liquidators in relation to co-operatives

22 February 2018

Crown Land Management Act 2009

Review valuation determinations of the Minister for Environment and Water and/or the Valuer-General, and reviews of other decisions made by the Minster for Environment and Water in relation to Crown Land

4 October 2018

Dangerous Substances Act 1979 and Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008Review certain decisions of the Competent Authority relating to licences, accreditation, permits, exemptions, determinations, approvals or issuing of a notice 4 May 2020
Disability Inclusion ACT 2018

Review certain decisions of the Central Assessment Unit to issue an exclusion, terminate an application for a clearance, suspend a clearance or cancel a clearance in respect of screening checks undertaken for NDIS workers

Review certain decisions of the Senior Authorising Officer made under the Restrictive Practices Authorisation Scheme (NDIS)

1 January 2021

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Review certain decisions of the Dog and Cat Management Board or local councils regarding destruction, control and prohibition orders in relation to dogs, and decisions to refuse the release of a dog or cat

1 July 2018

Electoral Act 1985

Review certain decisions of the Electoral Commissioner and electoral registrars

2 December 2019

Electricity Act 1996

Review certain decisions of the Essential Services Commission, Technical Regulator and authorised officers in relation to electricity supply

4 October 2018

Emergency Services Funding Act 1998

Review certain decisions of the Treasurer and the Commissioner for State Taxation

14 December 2017

Employment Agents Registration Act 1993

Review of certain decisions of the Director regarding licensing of employment agents

2 December 2019

Environment Protection Act 1993 and Environment Protection Regulations 2009

Review decisions made by the Environmental Protection Authority regarding accreditation of site contamination officers

22 February 2018

Equal Opportunity Act 1984

Grant exemptions from a provision of the Act and hear complaints on referral from the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Review of decisions by the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity relating to refusal to extend time to lodge a complaint

2 September 2019

Essential Services Commission Act 2002

Reviews of price determinations and other reviewable decisions made by the Essential Services Commission

4 October 2018

Firearms Act 2015

Review decisions of the Registrar of Firearms relating to licences, permits, registrations or prohibition orders under the Act

1 July 2017

First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000

Review decisions of the Treasurer  regarding objections about first homeowner grants, housing construction grants, or senior’s housing grants

11 December 2016

Fisheries Management Act 2007

Review decisions made by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development under the Act

14 December 2017

Food Act 2001

Review decisions made by a relevant authority or person to refuse to give a certificate of clearance, refusal to pay compensation or as to the amount of compensation, decisions relating to approval of analysts and auditors

14 December 2017

Freedom of Information Act 1991

Review decisions made by agencies, the Ombudsman regarding freedom of information applications

11 December 2016

Gas Act 1997

Review decisions made by the Essential Services Commission regarding gas entity licensing, and the Technical Regulator in relation to directions issued, and authorised officers’ decision to disconnect gas supply

4 October 2018

Gene Technology Act 2001Review certain decisions made by the Gene Technology Regulator4 May 2020

Guardianship and Administration Act 1993

Guardianship and administration orders

Consent to prescribed medical treatment

29 March 2015

Hairdressers Act 1988

Review decisions of the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs regarding licensing of hairdressers

2 December 2019

Harbors and Navigation Act 1993

Review certain decisions of the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport relating to disciplinary action against port operators, and other decisions of the Chief Executive and the Minister

4 October 2018

Health and Community Services Complaints Act 2004

Review certain decisions of the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner relating to unregistered health service providers, and naming of health and community services in a report published by the Commissioner

2 December 2019

Health Care Act 2008

Review decisions made by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing about licences for non-emergency ambulance services, private hospitals or private day procedure centres

2 December 2019

Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010

Review decisions made by a relevant National Board regarding health practitioners registration

Determine disciplinary matters against health practitioners

9 August 2019

Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981

Reviews decisions made by the Minister for Environment and Water regarding historic shipwrecks or relics

14 December 2017

Housing Improvement Act 2016

Review orders and notices made by the Minister for Human Services or an authorised officer

Housing improvement tenancy disputes

3 April 2017

Industrial Hemp ACT 2017Review decisions made by the Chief Executive regarding licensing12 November 2017

Land Acquisition Act 1969

Review decisions of the relevant Authority to refuse an objection in relation to a proposed acquisition

5 July 2018

Land Agents Act 1994

Review registration and other decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs

Determine disciplinary matters against land agents, sales representatives or property managers

4 October 2018

Land Valuers Act 1994

Determine disciplinary matters against land valuers

4 October 2018

Livestock Act 1997

Review decisions made by the Chief Inspector of Livestock relating to registration and compensation

4 October 2018

Lobbyists Act 2015

Review decisions made by the Chief Executive in relation to the registration of lobbyists

4 April 2016

Local Government Act 1999

Review land valuation decisions of local councils

Review certain decisions made by local councils

Restoration of local council members whose office becomes vacant for failure to submit a return

Determine disciplinary matters against local councillors

29 March 2015

4 October 2018

Mental Health Act 2009

Protectionist jurisdiction arising under the Mental Health Act
Review Level 1 Community Treatment Orders

Determine applications for Level 2 Community Treatment Orders and Level 3 Inpatient Treatment Orders

Consent to prescribed psychiatric treatment

29 March 2015

Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920

Review decisions made by an inspector requiring the cessation of mining operations

4 October 2018

Motor Vehicle Accidents (Lifetime Support Scheme) Act 2013Review decisions made by the Lifetime Support Authority regarding participation in the Lifetime Support Scheme2 December 2019
Motor Vehicles Act 1959

Review certain decisions made by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles or a local council regarding motor vehicles

Determine disciplinary matters against towtruck drivers

4 May 2020

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972

Review decisions of the Minister for  Environment and Water regarding the issuing of permits relating to protected animals

4 October 2018

Partnership Act 1891

Decisions relating to partnerships

5 July 2018

Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989

Review decisions made by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development in relation to pastoral leases and other matters, and rent determinations made by the Valuer-General

4 October 2018

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000

Review decisions made by the  Minister for Energy and Mining on application for reconsideration regarding licensing, registration, penalties, and interest

22 February 2018

Petroleum Products Regulation Act 1995

Review decisions made by the Minister for Finance regarding issuing, variation, cancellation or suspension of permits and licences

22 February 2018

Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019Review certain decisions of the Chief Executive regarding the accreditation of planning and building professionals1 April 2019

Plant Health Act 2009

Reviews decisions made by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development regarding registration and accreditation

14 December 2017

Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995

Review decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs regarding the licensing of building work contractors and the registration of building work supervisors

Determine disciplinary matters against plumbers, gas fitters and electricians

4 May 2020

Police Superannuation Act 1990

Review decisions of the Police Superannuation Board

Declarations that persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

Primary Industry Funding Schemes (Cattle Industry Fund) Regulations 2015

Review of decisions of the Chief Inspector regarding the amount of compensation granted for stock destroyed to prevent disease

22 February 2018

Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act 2004

Review decisions made by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development regarding accreditation and compliance notices

14 December 2017

Public Corporations Act 1993 and  Public Corporations (Southern Select Super Corporation) Regulations 2012

Review decisions of the Southern Select Super Corporation

5 July 2018

Real Property Act 1886

Review decisions of the Registrar-General

22 April 2015

Research Involving Human Embryos ACT 2003Review decisions made by the National Health and Medical Research Council Licensing Committee4 May 2020

Residential Parks Act 2007

Residential parks tenancy disputes up to the value of $40,000

29 March 2015

Residential Tenancies Act 1995

Residential tenancy and rooming house disputes up to the value of $40,000

29 March 2015

Retirement Villages Act 2016

Retirement villages tenancy disputes up to the value of $40,000

29 March 2015

Safe Drinking Water Act 2011

Review decisions made by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing

14 December 2017

Second-Hand Vehicle Dealers Act 1995

Review decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs regarding  the registration and licensing of second-hand vehicle dealers

Determine disciplinary matters against second-hand vehicle dealers

4 May 2020

South Australian Housing Trust Act 1995

Review decisions made by the South Australian Housing Trust

29 March 2015

South Australian Public Health Act 2011

Review decisions made by the Chief Public Health Officer, or of a notice issued by a relevant authority

2 December 2019
South Australian Skills Act 2008Review certain decisions of the South Australian Skills Commission1 July 2021
South Australian Skills Regulations 2021Review certain decisions of the South Australian Skills Commission1 July 2021

Southern State Superannuation Act 2009

Review decisions made by the Southern State Superannuation Board

Acts as the original decision-maker in relation to determinations that persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

State Lotteries Act 1966

Review decisions made by the Lotteries Commission of South Australia regarding a winning ticket

2 December 2019

Superannuation Act 1988

Review decisions made by the South Australian Superannuation Board

Acts as the original decision-maker in relation to determinations that persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

Review decisions made by a relevant licensing authority regarding licensing, disputes between residents and proprietors of a supported residential facility, and issuing of notices by an authorised officer

Resolve disputes regarding the acts of an administrator appointed to a residential care facility

4 October 2018

Survey Act 1992

Review decisions made by the Institute of Surveyors regarding licensing of surveyors

Determine disciplinary matters against surveyors

4 October 2018

Tattooing Industry Control Act 2015

Review decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, or directions of an authorised officer, regarding the provision of tattooing services

 2 December 2019

Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997

Review certain decisions made by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing regarding licensing for the sale of tobacco or e-cigarette products

14 December 2017

Valuation of Land Act 1971

Review of land valuation decisions of the Valuer-General and land valuers

29 March 2015

Veterinary Practice Act 2003

Review decisions of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia regarding the registration of veterinary surgeons or services providers and the accreditation of facilities as veterinary hospitals

Determine disciplinary matters against veterinary surgeons or service providers

4 May 2020

Water Industry Act 2012

Review decisions made by the Essential Services Commission or the Technical Regulator in relation to water supply

4 October 2018