Requesting a transcript or audio recording

Members of the public may receive a copy of evidence and proceedings before the Tribunal (exception for guardianship cases). Charges may apply. In addition, the Tribunal is able to refuse access to certain material and may decide to preserve confidential material from disclosure where appropriate.

For guardianship cases, the Tribunal may only allow the disclosure of a transcript or audio recording of hearing if it is satisfied that the person who applied has a 'proper interest' in the case. A person with a proper interest would include a party to the proceedings and their legal representatives.

A request for a transcript or audio recording should be in writing and can be made by email or post to SACAT. 

Audio recordings will incur a flat fee of $24.90. 

Written transcripts are prepared externally and charges reflect the costs of providing this transcription service. Fees for transcription are charged in blocks of thirty minutes:

  • $173.00 for the first 30 minutes (or less)
  • $130.00 for each additional 30 minutes.

For example, a request for a transcript of a recording of length 1-30 minutes will cost $173.00; a transcript of recording of length 31-60 minutes will cost $303.00.

If one of the following applies to you, you may be entitiled to a waiver of fee for an audio recording. However, this does not automatically extend to fees for transcripts:

 (a) you are able to provide one of the following concession cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card

  • Health Care Card

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

  • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card

  • Student identification card (full-time students only).

(b) are receiving legal aid

(c) are under 18 years of age

(d) are in prison or detention.