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Appeals from SAT Decisions


Most SAT decisions can be subject to appeal.

Generally, appeals can be made on a question of law. The procedures set out in s105 of the State Administrative Tribunal Act 2004 allow an appeal to:

  • the Court of Appeal (of the Supreme Court), if the decision was made by a Tribunal that included a judicial member; or
  • the Supreme Court in all other SAT matters.


In the case of revenue and some vocational matters, appeals can be based on a question of fact as well as law.

Some enabling Acts also provide special appeal provisions. For example, under the:

  • Guardianship and Administration Act 1990, a decision by a single member of SAT may be reviewed by the full Tribunal; and
  • Planning and Development Act 2005 the President of SAT may review a SAT decision made by a Tribunal that did not include a legally qualified member.

For minor proceedings, as defined in the SAT Act, applicants can elect to waive their right of appeal. This choice is explained in Procedures.

Contact SAT for more information.

Last updated: 23 August 2023

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