our legislation & jurisdictions

The laws that govern SACAT and amend other legislation to give jurisdiction to the Tribunal are:

For the legislation that confers jurisdiction on the Tribunal see the table below. 


Within specified areas of law, or jurisdictions, SACAT can help people resolve issues, can make a decision, and can conduct reviews of Government and SACAT decisions.

These areas are outlined in several laws, which can be viewed on the South Australian Legislation website: www.legislation.sa.gov.au.

The following legislation specifies the areas of law in which SACAT can operate and the cases the Tribunal handles in each jurisdiction.

Adoption Act 1988

Review decisions of the Chief Executive regarding registration on the prospective adoptive parents register

5 July 2018

Advance Care Directives Act 2013

Advance Care Directives, Guardianship

29 March 2015

Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002

Reviews of certain decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries or an authorised officer

22 February 2018

Animal Welfare Act 1985

Decisions relating to licensing individuals to acquire and use animals in teaching, research, or experimentation

14 December 2017

Aquaculture Act 2001

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

14 December 2017

Associations Incorporation Act 1985

Decisions made or acts performed by the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Act

22 February 2018

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996

Review decisions of the Registrar made in the performance of their functions. Original jurisdiction to allow the Tribunal to resolve disputes about a child’s name and direct the register of a death

5 July 2018

Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

Certain information to be provided to approved carers, children, and young people; approved carers entitled to participate in the decision-making process

26 February-18

Community Housing Providers (National Law) (SA) Act 2013

Reviews of decisions made by a community housing provide, or the registration of housing providers

29 March 2015

Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995

Consent to medical treatment

29 March 2015

Controlled Substances Act 1984

Decisions relating to the issue or holding of a poppy cultivation licence or poppy processing licence

16 September 2016

Conveyancers Act 1994

Reviews of licensing and other decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, and professional disciplinary proceedings against conveyancers.

4 October 2018

Co-operatives National Law (South Australia) Act 2013

Reviews of decisions relating to registration, rules, and remuneration of liquidators in relation to Co-operatives

22 February 2018

Crown Land Management Act 2009

Reviews of valuation determinations made by the Minister and/or the Valuer-General, and reviews of other reviewable decisions made by the Minster in relation to Crown Land

4 October 2018

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Reviews of decisions of the Board or local councils regarding destruction, control and prohibition orders in relation to dogs, and decisions to refuse the release of a dog or cat

1 July 2018

Electricity Act 1996

Reviews of decisions made by the Essential Services Commission and the Technical Regular in relation to electricity supply

4 October 2018

Emergency Services Funding Act 1998

Reviews of decisions made by the Treasurer and the Commissioner for State Taxation

14 December 2017

Environment Protection Act 1993

Review of decisions made by Environmental Protection Authority regarding accreditation of site contamination officers

22 February 2018

Essential Services Commission Act 2002

Reviews of price determinations and other reviewable decisions made by the Essential Services Commission

4 October 2018

Firearms Act 2015

Reviews of decisions of the Registrar of Firearms

1 July 2017

First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000

Reviews of the Treasurer’s decisions on objections about first home owner grants, or housing construction grants or seniors housing grants 

11 December 2016

Fisheries Management Act 2007

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

14 December 2017

Food Act 2001

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Health or Local Government Association

14 December 2017

Freedom of Information Act 1991

Reviews of freedom of information determinations; reviews of amendment of record determinations

11 December 2016

Gas Act 1997

Reviews of decisions made by the Essential Services Commission and the Technical Regular in relation to gas supply

4 October 2018

Guardianship and Administration Act 1993

Guardianship, administration, consent to medical treatment 

29 March 2015

Harbors and Navigation Act 1993

Review of certain decisions made by the Minister relating to disciplinary action and other matters

4 October 2018

Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

14 December 2017

Housing Improvement Act 2016

Reviews of certain orders and notices issued by the Housing Safety Authority.

3 April 2017

Land Acquisition Act 1969

Review a refusal of an objection by a person authorised to acquire land in relation to a proposed acquisition

5 July 2018

Land Agents Act 1994

Reviews of licensing and other decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, and professional disciplinary proceedings against land agents.

4 October 2018

Land Valuers Act 1994

Professional disciplinary proceedings against land valuers

4 October 2018

Livestock Act 1997

Reviews of certain decisions made by the Chief Inspector of Livestock

4 October 2018

Lobbyists Act 2015

Review decisions in relation to the registration of lobbyists

4 April 2016

Local Government Act 1999

Land valuation reviews arising from the Adelaide City Council and Port Adelaide Enfield Council

29 March 2015

Local Government Act 1999

Reviews of certain decisions made by local councils, disciplinary proceedings again councillors, original jurisdiction to restore a member whose office becomes vacant for failure to submit a return

4 October 2018

Mental Health Act 2009

Protectionist jurisdiction arising under the Mental Health Act

29 March 2015

Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister and an inspector requiring the cessation of mining operations

4 October 2018

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972

Reviews of decisions of the Minister regarding the issuing of permits relating to protected animals

4 October 2018

Partnership Act 1891

Original jurisdiction to allow the Tribunal to grant or refuse permission to a person to carry on a business as general partners to a person who has been convicted of certain offences

5 July 2018

Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister in relation to pastoral leases and other matters, and rent determinations made by the Valuer-General

4 October 2018

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000

Review of reconsideration of decisions by Minister for Mineral Resources Development regarding licensing, registration, penalties, and interest

22 February 2018

Petroleum Products Regulation Act 1995

Review of decisions regarding cancellation or suspension of permits and licenses

22 February 2018

Plant Health Act 2009

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

14 December 2017

Police Superannuation Act 1990

Review decisions of the Police Superannuation Board. Original jurisdiction to allow the Tribunal to make a declaration that, on a certain date, persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998

Review of determination under regulation 15 (amount of compensation granted for stock destroyed to prevent disease)

22 February 2018

Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act 2004

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

14 December 2017

Public Corporations Act 1993

Review decisions of the Southern Select Super Corporation

5 July 2018

Real Property Act 1886

Reviews of certain decisions made by the Registrar-General

22 April 2015

Residential Parks Act 2007

Tenancy disputes up to the value of $40,000 arising from Residential Parks

29 March 2015

Residential Tenancies Act 1995

Tenancy disputes up to the value of $40,000

29 March 2015

Retirement Villages Act 2016

Tenancy disputes up to the value of $40,000 arising from Retirement Villages

29 March 2015

Safe Drinking Water Act 2011

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Health

14 December 2017

South Australian Housing Trust Act 1995

Reviews of Housing SA decisions

29 March 2015

Southern State Superannuation Act 2009

Review decisions of the Super SA Board. Original jurisdiction to allow the Tribunal to make a declaration that, on a certain date, persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

Superannuation Act 1988

Review decisions of the South Australian Superannuation Board (Super SA) Board. Original jurisdiction to allow the Tribunal to make a declaration that, on a certain date, persons are putative spouses

5 July 2018

Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

Reviews of decisions made by a relevant licensing authority, original jurisdiction to resolve disputes between parties

4 October 2018

Survey Act 1992

Reviews of licensing decisions made by the Institute of Surveyors, and disciplinary proceedings against surveyors

4 October 2018

Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997

Reviews of decisions made by the Minister for Health or Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse 

14 December 2017

Valuation of Land Act 1971

Land valuation reviews from decisions of the Valuer-General

29 March 2015

Water Industry Act 2012

Reviews of decisions made by the Essential Services Commission and the Technical Regular in relation to water supply

4 October 2018