National medical boards

SACAT can review decisions made by the following national medical boards:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
  • Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Chiropractic Board of Australia
  • Dental Board of Australia
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Optometry Board of Australia
  • Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Podiatry Board of Australia
  • Psychology Board of Australia

Types of decisions SACAT can review

SACAT can review the following decisions made by a National Board:

  • refusing to
    • register the person
    • endorse the person's registration
    • renew the person's registration
    • renew the endorsement of the person's registration
  • imposing or changing a condition on a person's registration or the endorsement of the person's registration, other than:
    • a condition relating to the person's qualification for general registration in the health profession
    • a condition imposed by section 112(3)(a)
  • refusing to change or remove a condition imposed on the person's registration or the endorsement of the person's registration
  • refusing to change or revoke an undertaking given by the person to the Board
  • suspending the person's registration.

SACAT can also review decisions by a health panel or performance and professional standards panel (as established by a National Board) to:

  • impose a condition on the person's registration
  • suspend the person's registration
  • not to revoke a suspension
  • reprimand the person.

Where to lodge an application

The Act sets out the following criteria to determine where an application should be made.

For a decision to take health, conduct or performance action in relation to a registered health practitioner or student—

  • the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction in which the behaviour the subject of the decision occurred; or
  • if the behaviour the subject of the decision occurred in more than one jurisdiction, the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction in which the practitioner's principal place of practice is located; or

For another decision in relation to a registered health practitioner, the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction in which the practitioner's principal place of practice is located; or

For another decision in relation to a student, the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction in which the student is undertaking the approved program of study or clinical training; or

For a decision in relation to another person—

  • the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction in which the person lives; or
  • if the person does not live in a participating jurisdiction, the responsible tribunal for the participating jurisdiction nominated by the National Board that made the appellable  decision and specified in the notice given to the person of the appellable decision.

Applying for a review

An application for review must be made within 28 days after the person lodging the review:

  • was given notice of the decision being reviewed
  • was given reasons for the decision being reviewed.

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 within Step 2 type the word ‘Health practitioner’ 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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SACAT also has jurisdiction to receive and determine disciplinary proceedings under the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010.