South Australian Employment Tribunal inaugurated

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Wednesday 1 July 2015

On 1 July 2015, the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) was inaugurated. The Tribunal's website, also activated in 1 July 2015, provides the following information.

The South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) is the new dispute resolution forum for South Australia’s Return to Work scheme. The tribunal provides timely, fair and independent resolution of workers compensation matters and helps injured workers return to meaningful employment.

On 1 July 2015, the Return to Work Act 2014 replaced the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 and SAET was established for the just, timely and efficient resolution of workers compensation matters, including:

  •     disputes about workers compensation claims
  •     undue delays in decisions on workers compensation claims
  •     disputes about an employer providing suitable employment for a worker who has been incapacitated for work as a consequence of a work injury.

SAET will ensure that disputes are resolved as quickly as possible while achieving a just outcome. This includes resolving disputes through high-quality processes and the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution procedures wherever appropriate.

Costs to parties involved in proceedings before the Tribunal will be kept to a minimum insofar as is fair and appropriate.

SAET will act with as little formality and technicality as possible and will strive to ensure natural justice and procedural fairness at all times.

Click here to visit the SAET website for more information, forms and reference documents.