Reviews of decisions made by the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

From 2 September 2019, SACAT will have jurisdiction under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to review the decision of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity to refuse an application for an extension of time for a complaint to be lodged.

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

SACAT can review decisions of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity:

  • A decision refusing an application for an extension of time for a complaint to be lodged.

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

Time Limits

An application for review must be made within 1 month after receiving notice of the decision.

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision made by the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

1.       Have a copy of the decision which you want to challenge – 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 ‘equal’ 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 (menu option 4 then option 5 - for reviews of Government Decisions).

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, 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.


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

Equal Opportunity Commission Legal Advice Service

The service provides legal advice on areas of Equal Opportunity Law - discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and assistance in drafting legal documentation, statements, and preparation for conciliation and Tribunal hearings. The service is operated by final year law students under the supervision of fully qualified legal practitioners. They can also assist clients with managing their own cases, and can refer them to other agencies who have the capacity to handle more complex matters or matters in other jurisdictions if necessary.

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Phone number - +61 8207 1977

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