Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    People's tribunal opens its doors

    31/12/2004 5:00 PM

    The new one-stop-shop for Western Australians to appeal against decisions made by Government and industry boards takes effect from January 1, 2005.

    Attorney General Jim McGinty said the State Administrative tribunal (SAT) would provide a cohesive new jurisdiction for the resolution of a wide range of disputes and appeals.

    SAT would also take over the disciplinary functions of dozens of self-regulated trades and professions, including doctors, lawyers, architects, nurses, motor vehicle dealers, plumbers, finance brokers and real estate agents.

    “The SAT will consolidate more than 600 decisions and appeal rights arising under 137 Acts,” Mr McGinty said.

    “It will cover everything from an appeal in a complex State revenue matter involving millions of dollars, through to a decision about whether a dangerous dog should be put down.”

    Three of Western Australia’s top legal minds have been appointed to head the new tribunal.

    Supreme Court Judge Michael Barker has been appointed president of the tribunal, with District Court Judge John Chaney and barrister Judith Eckert as deputy presidents.

    Another 12 full-time and more than 100 sessional members have also been appointed to the tribunal.

    The tribunal will have an annual budget of $10.2million and commence operations at 12 St George’s Terrace, Perth.

    Minister's office: 9220 5000