electoral act

Reviews of decisions made under the Electoral Act 1985

From the 2nd of December 2019, SACAT will have review jurisdiction under the Electoral Act 1985. This will enable a person to review a decision made by the Electoral Commissioner or an Electoral Registrar.  

 

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

The Tribunal has the power to review the following:

  • a decision by the Electoral Commissioner or an officer as to the enrolment of any claimant for enrolment;
  • a decision by an electoral registrar on an objection to the enrolment of an elector on a roll;
  • a decision by the Electoral Commissioner as to the registration of a political party;
  • a decision by the Electoral Commissioner as to the registration of a how-to-vote card;
  • a decision of a prescribed class taken under this Act by the Electoral Commissioner or an officer

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream.

Time Limits

An application for review must be made within one month of the Commissioner or Registrar making the decision.

 

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision by the Commissioner or Registrar you must:

  1. Have a copy of the decision which you want to review – you should include this with your application.
  2. Ensure you are ready to pay the required fee for making an application.

How to apply:

Click here to start an online application.  In the field entitled ‘Type keyword here’ contained within Step 2 type the word ‘electoral’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

If you are not sure if you have selected the correct application type you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description of the application you have selected.

If you have any further questions or you would like a staff member from SACAT to assist you to complete the application over the telephone please call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 4, and then 6).

Attach a copy of the decision you are seeking to review:

You must upload a copy of the decision you are seeking to review when completing your on-line application, or you can email the decision to SACAT at sacat@sacat.sa.gov.au, or post the decision to SACAT at GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001. Please quote your tracking code or file number when sending any correspondence to SACAT.

Fees:

There is a filing fee applicable for this type of application. Payment can be made on-line by credit card at the time of completing the on-line form, or by using one of the other options outlined in the payment section of the on-line form.

Click here to see a list of current fees and information about payment methods and fee waiver options. 

Organisations that may be able to assist you:

  • Legal Services Commission - www.lsc.sa.gov.au – The Legal Services Commission offer a free telephone legal advice line and other methods of advice for members of the public.

Relevant legislation:

Electoral Act 1985