The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) has been in operation for two years, and an independent review has been undertaken by retired Supreme Court Justice, the Hon David Bleby QC, to assess whether its performance and services have met expectations and to suggest improvements.
The review included significant consultation, asking people to share their experience of the tribunal. The findings provide the government with an opportunity to further strengthen its commitment to access to justice for South Australians.
The review found that the tribunal is an evolving organisation and the government welcomes the findings as a catalyst for implementing legislative and organisational changes and improvements including the broadening of SACAT’s jurisdiction.
Drawing on the analysis and feedback, the review contains 51 recommendations on how to improve SACAT’s future operations across a range of areas.
The government considered the review in detail and has already undertaken significant work with SACAT on the planning and implementation of many of the recommendations.
The government response to the review provides a schedule of the recommendations and the government’s position on each recommendation along with the current status of each recommendation which it intends to pursue.