Adoption Act

Reviews of decisions made under the Adoption Act 1988 (SA).

From 5 July 2018, SACAT will have review jurisdiction under the Adoption Act 1985 (SA) and the Adoption Regulations 2004 (SA). This will enable reviews of certain decisions made by the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection under the Adoption Regulations 2004 (SA).

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

SACAT can review decisions of the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection:

  • Any decision relating to the registration of a person in the Adoptive Persons Register
  • Any decision to remove the name of a person from the register of persons who has been approved as suitable persons to adopt children.

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

Time Limits

Generally, an application for review of a decision must be lodged:

  • Within 30 days from the date of receipt of notice of the decision

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision by the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection you must:

  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 ‘Adoption’ 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:

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

Relevant legislation: