This is a general checklist to help you identify what documents you need to lodge with SACAT in support of your housing/tenancy application.

See Providing documents for housing disputes (PDF, 1.3 MB) for more information.

Any evidence you provide to SACAT (and that you are asking the tribunal member to take into account) must be provided to the other party.

If the evidence contains confidential information which is not relevant, you may ask SACAT to exclude (redact) that information but you will still be asked to provide SACAT with a full copy and a redacted copy.

For all applications, you will need to include:

  • a copy of the tenancy/rooming house/residential parks agreement
  • notice of breach.

Additional documents to include

Simple breach disputes

If the application is about rent you will need to provide:

Our rent calculator (XLSX, 22.3 KB) is useful for calculating remaining rent.

If the application is about outstanding water invoices:

Serious breach disputes

Alongside the tenancy/rooming house/residential parks agreement, you will need to provide:

  • evidence of the breach
    • photos of damage to the property
    • witnesses about disruptive behaviour.

See breaches for more information.

Hardship applications

  • the tenancy/residential parks agreement
  • evidence of the hardship – for example, if for financial circumstances then payslips or Centrelink payment statements.

Expiration of agreement / frustration

You will need to provide:

  • tenancy/rooming house/residential parks agreement
  • any notices served on the other party terminating the agreement.

See Hardship, expiration of agreement and frustration for more information.

You will need to provide:

  • tenancy/rooming house/residential parks agreement
  • evidence in support of your application – for example
    • emails, letters and SMS messages between the parties about the dispute
    • photos
    • inspection sheets
    • invoices
    • witnesses.

See Parties' rights disputes for more information

You will need to provide:

  • tenancy/rooming house/residential parks agreement
  • if the dispute concerns a claim on the bond and/or for compensation –
    • statement/summary of claims
    • inspection sheets/photos
    • invoices/quotes
    • rent records
    • break lease calculations
    • witnesses.

See End of tenancy disputes for more information

You will need to provide:

  • residence agreement
  • written explanation of the issues in dispute
  • any evidence relevant to the application, such as:
    • recent statements of account of the administering authority
    • emails
    • letters
    • other correspondence between the parties.

The Office for the Ageing can help you prepare your application.