working at SACAT

SACAT is a general civil and administrative tribunal that provides hearings, and conferences, conciliation and mediation, across a range of areas. 

The Tribunal’s objectives emphasise accessibility, efficiency and fairness and our aim is to provide fair access to justice and excellent service across all our jurisdictions. Tribunal members and staff work together to balance needs in a busy and challenging environment, and achieve this aim. 

SACAT provides a motivating and rewarding work environment where performance is recognised and valued. When you become part of our team you can enjoy the benefits of a rewarding career in a specialist organisation dedicated to best practice.   


SACAT is currently seekng applications for Specialist Industry and Consumer Assessors.

A Specialist Assessor is an industry or technical expert in their respective field and a Consumer Assessor is a person who is representative of the general public who has experience in dealing with or being a consumer within various industries.

Fields of expertise required include:

animals & plants biologist​ commerce and or economics conservation
conveyancers ecosystem electricity supply engineer
environment gas supply industry harbors & navigation land agent
livestock and exotic disease local government mining national park
pastoral care personal care primary production regulated industry
surveyors valuers veterinarian water industry

​ An Assessor will hear and decide applications and disputes as part of a multi-disciplinary panel (often sitting with legally qualified members).

Assessors will primarily sit in the review jurisdiction where members of the public can review decisions of government departments, and in the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Tribunal where disciplinary action can be taken with respect to members of particular professions.

The expertise and advice provided by an assessor will assist in comprehending complicated technical evidence or concepts in order to assist the panel to reach the correct and preferable legal decision, and ensure the decision has the preferable practical application within the respective industry. 

Appointment of assessors is made on a sessional basis. Hearings are likely to be irregular and infrequent.

Remuneration rates are listed in the draft terms and conditions documents.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Clearance (NPC).

For a private discussion about the roles please call Chris Byron-Scott on 7424 7135.

Applications can be emailed to

Application Form

General Assessors Terms and Conditions

Specialist Assessors Terms and Conditions

Opportunities - administrative staff

From time to time vacancies arise and will be posted on the 'I work for SA' website of the South Australian Government.

Opportunity - associate

Each year, SACAT will appoint a law graduate as associate to the President of the Tribunal, Justice Judy Hughes. Justice Hughes is also a judge of the Supreme Court as well as President of SACAT.

For a comprehensive list of duties for the associate to the President, please see the attached Job and Person Specification.

The successful applicant will be admitted as a legal practitioner, or undertaking GDLP or a post-admission course. The appointment as an associate will generally be for one year and associates may not undertake other employment (either paid or non-paid) without the permission of the President. Appointment will be at the LE1 level for an admitted practitioner.

If you are interested in the position of associate, please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, qualifications and academic record to

Opportunities - tribunal members

There are currently no vacancies for tribunal members.

Equal Opportunity

SACAT is a diverse workplace and an equal opportunity employer, meaning that it provides equal opportunity for all employees, regardless of aspects such as:

  • age
  • gender
  • race
  • marital status
  • sexuality
  • pregnancy
  • physical or intellectual impairment
  • family or carer responsibilities.

Graduate Recruitment

The Graduate Recruitment Program seeks to increase the number of university graduates achieving employment in the South Australian Public Sector. The 12-month training and development program provides a comprehensive and challenging induction into a South Australian Public Sector career path. 

SACAT actively seeks candidates through the program, including suitably qualified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander graduates. 

For further information visit the Graduate Recruitment Register.