State Administrative Tribunal Hearings

Our legal advice is now often sought in relation to the State Administrative Tribunal (see our more in depth article in our Facts Page). Perhaps one of the biggest achievements of the SAT over the past year has been the successful use of mediation to solve disputes.

The Tribunal President Justice Barker is a trained mediator, who said recently in "The West Australian Newspaper" that it was common to discover that the two parties in a dispute have not previously had the opportunity to talk.

"We have been diverting a lot of applications to mediation and conferences with quite amazing outcomes".

In the development and resources stream, about two-thirds of all minor applications are resolved via mediation. Of the major matters sent to mediation, about two-thirds are also settled. People lodging applications at the tribunal can expect a directions hearing within 21 days and fast-track procedures have been put in place for guardianship decisions, typically involving the personal finances and care of some of the most vulnerable community members.

Oral judgments are also encouraged because they take far less time to deliver than written ones and many applicants are satisfied simply hearing the reasons behind a judgment. Most tribunal decisions are published on its website, with the exception of mental health and guardianship decisions, where due to privacy reasons a selection of representative decisions are published.

The West Australian Newspaper – 23 January 2006

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