SACAT can review certain decisions made under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996.

Types of decisions SACAT can review

SACAT can review decisions made by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages including:

  • decisions made in the performance or purported performance of their functions under the Act
  • refusing to register the change of sex or gender identity of a child.

SACAT can also review decisions made by the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection including:

  • directing the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages to change the name of a child who:
    • is under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or a specific person until 18 years old
    • is under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or a specific person and has been for at least 24 continuous months.

Applying for a review

There is no time limit to review a decision of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at SACAT.

To review a decision of the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection, the application must be made within 28 days after the applicant receives notice of the relevant decision.

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision, you must:

  • have a copy of the decision which you want to challenge – you should include this with your application
  • ensure you are ready to pay the required fee for making an application.

1. Start an online application

2. In the keyword field in Step 2 type the words 'births deaths’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

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

3. Attach a copy of the decision you are seeking to review. You can do this by either:

  • uploading a copy of the decision with your online application
  • emailing the decision to us at sacat@sa.gov.au
  • post the decision to us at GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001.

You will need to quote your tracking code or file number when sending any correspondence to SACAT.

There is a filing fee applicable for this type of application.

Payment can be made online by credit card at the time of completing the online form, or by using one of the other options outlined in the payment section of the application form.

Current fees and information about payment methods and fee waiver options

I need more help

If you have further questions call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (menu option 4 then option 4 - for matters relating to Births Deaths and Marriages).

A staff member from SACAT can also help you complete your application over the phone

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