Published decisions

SACAT provides decisions and written reasons for decisions for publication on the Australian Legal Information Institute (Austlii)

The publication of reasons for decisions: 

  • provides a way for the community to understand tribunal decisions
  • promotes the quality and consistency of tribunal decisions
  • enhances the openness and accountability of public administration
  • is in the interests of open justice.

When are reasons published? 

  • The Tribunal will publish reasons for decision in significant cases. Reasons are generally not published online until they have been provided to the parties involved.
  • If information in the reasons is subject to a non-publication order or publication is prevented by a legislative requirement (e.g. the identity of adults in guardianship matters) reasons are published in a de-identified manner or in a way that protects the relevant information.

Why are some decisions not published online?

  • Only decisions in significant cases will be published online. Most cases decided in SACAT will be straightforward and will not need to be published. 
  • In many matters, verbal reasons are given at the conclusion of the hearing when the decision is delivered (such as for tenancy disputes). As there are no written reasons, reasons for these matters are generally not published online.
  • Only the full reasons for decision are published online.