SACAT can review certain decisions made under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Types of decisions SACAT can review

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.

Applying for a review

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

Generally, an application for review of a decision must be lodged within 14 days after you receive notice of the relevant decision.

In special circumstances, the Tribunal may permit you to make an application after this time.

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

  • Have a copy of the decision or order which you want to challenge – you should include this with your application.
  • Indicate whether you are a seeking a stay pending the review on the application form.
  • 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:

  • 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 keyword field in Step 2 type the words ‘dog and cat’ 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 5 - for reviews of government decisions).

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

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