In most cases, decisions made by SACAT in housing disputes can be reviewed. In these cases, any party to the original case before SACAT can apply to review a decision.
SACAT decisions relating to guardianship, administration, medical treatment and mental health that can be reviewed include:
SACAT decisions that cannot be reviewed
You cannot apply for Internal Review of a SACAT decision not to authorise publication of a report of proceedings before the Tribunal.
A Review of a Government decision cannot be reviewed again in SACAT.
In some cases there will be a right of appeal to the Supreme Court against those decisions. The decision you receive from SACAT will state whether you have a right of appeal to the Supreme Court.
Applying for an internal review
Section 70(2) of the SACAT Act 2013 allows a period of one calendar month from the date of the decision to lodge your review (except when consent is given to terminate pregnancy).
You should take all steps necessary to submit your review within that timeframe.
If you still want to submit your review after the time has expired, you may apply to SACAT for an extension of time to review. This can be done when completing your notice of review.
SACAT will either allow you to submit your review out of time, or refuse permission for you to do so.
The person who the proceedings are about (eg the patient or protected person) does not have to pay a fee for cases under the:
- Guardianship and Administration Act 1993
- Mental Health Act 2009
- Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995
- Advanced Care Directives Act 2013.
Any other Internal Review applicants are required to pay the relevant fees. If you don’t think you can afford to pay this fee you may be eligible for a fee waiver.
Apply to SACAT
All applications to SACAT are made online. You can use a computer, tablet or smart phone.
You can also submit applications over the phone with the help of a community access officer.
Call 1800 723 767 during business hours.