New laws came into effect over the weekend that broaden the functions of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).
SAET will continue to resolve Return to Work disputes and its expansion will ensure South Australia has a contemporary ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to resolving a range of workplace-related disputes and issues, while also regulating South Australia’s industrial awards, agreements and registers.
From 1 July, SAET hears matters previously heard in the:
- Industrial Relations Court and Commission
- District Court in regards to the Dust Diseases Act
- Criminal jurisdiction of Magistrates Court in respect of ‘industrial offences’
- Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts in regards to common law employment contract disputes and damages under the Return to Work Act 2014
- Teachers Appeal Board and Classification Review (Panels)
- Equal Opportunity Tribunal
- Police Review Tribunal (termination and transfer matters only)
- Public Sector Grievance Review Commission.
By bringing related jurisdictions together into centralised tribunal structures, better services can be delivered at a better cost for South Australia.
This reform follows recent changes to the Statutes Amendment (South Australian Employment Tribunal) Act 2016 and the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Act 2017.