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SACAT deals with many types of issues and disputes.

Read through the list of case types to find more information:


Housing & rentals


SACAT deals with housing disputes in South Australia in relation to:


  • residential tenancy agreements


  • residential parks


  • rooming houses



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A person who is unable to make certain decisions about their personal health and living circumstances due to mental incapacity has their rights and interests protected by the law.


SACAT can appoint a guardian under a guardianship order to make accommodation, health and lifestyle decisions to support a person who has mental incapacity. 


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A person who is unable to make certain decisions about, or who is unable to manage their money, their legal or business affairs, because of a mental incapacity has his or her rights protected by the law.


SACAT can appoint a person as an administrator who acts in the place of the person with incapacity and makes decisions.


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Mental health

Mental Health


SACAT can make and review certain orders about persons with a mental illness under the Mental Health Act 2009.


SACAT can review or make orders about community treatment, inpatient treament, electro-convulsive therapy and prescibed psyhiatric treatment.


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Consent to medical treatement

Medical treatment


A person cannot receive medical treatment, except in special circumstances in the case of an emergency, without giving lawful consent. 


To be lawful the consent must be given by a person who is of or over the age of 16 years andhas the decision-making capacity to provide consent.


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Births, deaths and marriages

Births, Deaths & Marriages


Applicants may apply to SACAT to:


  • Resolve a dispute between parents about a child’s name


  • Approve an application by a parent to change a child’s name


  • Order the registration of a death



  • Correct registration of a death


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Advance care directives

Advance Care Directives


Before a person suffers from any impaired decision-making capacity, legal documents can be prepared to set out the instructions, wishes and preferences for the future management of finances and legal matters, and health, accommodation and personal matters in the event that the person can no longer make appropriate decisions.


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Review of government decisions

Review of Government decisions


SACAT can review a variety of government decisions.


Please visit our review of government decisions page for more details or select the Act letter below to take you to the appropriate review:


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | L | M | N | P | R | S | T | V | W





Applications can be made to SACAT when it is alleged that certain professionals act in a way that requires disciplinary action to be taken against them.


This may include when it is alleged that the professional has acted unlawfully, improperly, negligently or unfairly in the course of their work.


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Reviews of SACAT decisions


Decisions made by SACAT are subject to a review within SACAT by more senior members and judges. These are 'Reviews of SACAT decisions' also called 'Internal Reviews'.


SACAT requires leave or permission for the review to be granted by the President, Deputy President or a legal Tribunal Member before a review can be conducted.


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Health practitioners

Health practitioners


SACAT has jurisdiction to review decisions made under the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010, made by one of the below national medical boards:


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
  • Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Chiropractic Board of Australia
  • Dental Board of Australia
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Optometry Board of Australia
  • Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Podiatry Board of Australia
  • Psychology Board of Australia


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Equal opportunity

Equal Opportunity


There are three types of Equal Opportunity matters that can go to SACAT, as stipulated in the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA):





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Children and young people

Children & young people


If you are unhappy with a decision made by the Department of Child Protection which relates to your:


  • placement arrangements:


  • education;


  • medical treatment


  • or some other decision made by the DCP


you may be able to apply to SACAT to review that decision.


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