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Annual Report 2015/16
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State Administrative Tribunal

The State Administrative Tribunal hears a broad range of matters, from large planning and development disputes to safeguarding the rights of vulnerable members of the community in guardianship and administration matters.

The Tribunal uses less formal procedures than other jurisdictions and is designed to encourage self-represented litigants and to increase access to the justice system.

Outcomes 2015/16

The Tribunal received 8,102 applications in 2015/16, an increase of three per cent on 2014/15.

Key application trends included:

  • A three per cent decrease in guardianship and administration applications, with 5,407 applications compared with 5,566 in the previous year. This accounted for 67 per cent of the applications received by the Tribunal. A process change relating to applications made under some sections of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 allows a single application to be made in place of multiple applications in some instances. This has led to the decline, rather than representing a fall in demand.

  • A three per cent decrease in commercial and civil applications, largely the result of a four per cent decrease in commercial tenancy matters, which represented a decrease of 60 applications from the previous year.

  • A six per cent decrease in development and resource applications, with growth relating to the Planning and Development (Development Assessment Panels) Regulations 2011 and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.

  • A 17 per cent decrease in vocational regulation applications, mainly the result of declines in applications under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010 and the Legal Profession Act 2008.

The Tribunal finalised 8,303 matters during 2015/16 compared to 8,176 for the previous year.

On 20 July 2015, the Tribunal began operations at new premises located at 565 Hay Street, Perth.

The building includes a new registry and administration area, 22 hearing rooms, mediation rooms, and a large conference room. Open and accessible spaces and the latest in audio-visual technology add to the versatility, flexibility and efficiency of Tribunal operations.

Last updated: 27-Sep-2016

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