Building Work Contractors Act

Reviews of decisions made under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995

From 4 May 2020, SACAT will receive review jurisdiction under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995. This will enable a SACAT to review certain decisions made by the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs regarding the licensing of building work contractors and the registration of building work supervisors.

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

The Tribunal has the power to review the following decisions of the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs:

  • A decision refusing an application for a building work contractors licence
  • A decision refusing an application for a building work supervisor registration
  • A decision to suspend or impose conditions on a licence or registration in urgent circumstances
  • A decision to cancel, suspend or impose conditions on a licence or registration

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

Time Limits

An application for review must be made within1 months of the making of the determination by the Commissioner.

If the reasons of the Commissioner are not given in writing at the time of making the determination and the applicant (within one month of the making of the determination) requires the Commissioner to state the reasons in writing, the time for making an application for review runs from the time at which the applicant receives the written statement of those reasons.

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision by the Commissioner for Business and Consumer Affairs 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 ‘building work’ 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, 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.