SACAT can review certain decisions made under the Land Acquisition Act 1969.

Types of decisions SACAT can review

SACAT can review the following decisions of a person authorised to compulsory acquire land (e.g. the Commissioner of Highways):

  • to refuse a request not to proceed with the acquisition of the subject land
  • to refuse a request for an alteration of the boundaries of the subject land
  • to refuse a request that a particular part of the subject land not be acquired, or that further land be acquired.

The decision must first be considered by the relevant authority before the decision can be reviewed by SACAT.

There is no right of appeal to the Supreme Court from a decision of SACAT under this Act.

Applying for a review

An application for review of a decision must be lodged within 7 days after receiving notice of the refusal of your request.

SACAT must complete the proceedings started by your application for review within 21 days of receiving it.

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 type the word ‘Land acquisition’ as shown below.

3.Scroll down to select the correct application type as per step 3. If you are not sure you have selected the correct application type, you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description.

4. 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
  • 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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