SAET's response to COVID-19
SAET is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with advice from the Government of South Australia. Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au for more information.
Latest communication from the President relating to COVID-19
Important information for people attending SAET in-person
Making SAET safer
SAET has implemented a number of measures to minimise risks for the SAET users, staff and members attending the Tribunal. Measures include:
- Minimising the number of people attending SAET in-person by:
- Cancelling non-essential meetings, conferences and hearings
- Conducting meetings, conferences and hearings remotely through video and telephone conferencing when appropriate
- Staff and members work from home
- Requiring attendance at the Registry (eg viewing summonsed materials) by appointment only
- For contact tracing purposes, anyone who attends SAET in-person is expected to check-in using the SA Government COVID SAfe Check-in application. Those who do not have a smart phone or are unwilling to use the electronic check-in will be asked to provide their details manually
- Requiring Tribunal users to provide their own water bottles (SAET will not be providing cups). Water is available from the dispenser or for purchase from the vending machine.
- Increasing its cleaning program
- Installing signage
- Supplying sanitising products to staff and Tribunal users
Criteria for attending SAET in-person
You should not attend SAET if you:
- visited a location subject to a SA Health COVID-19 Health Alert (refer to SA Health COVID-19 Contact Tracing webpage)
- are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
- have been in close contact with a person who is diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
- are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
- reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
- have been directed to isolate or quarantine
- reside with anyone who has been directed to isolate or quarantine.
If any of these criteria apply to you, do not attend SAET in-person. Contact the SAET registry as soon as possible and alternative arrangements will be made.
Attending SAET in-person
If, after considering the ‘Criteria for Attending SAET In-Person’, you will be attending SAET in-person, you are required to do the following.
Attendance at the Registry by appointment only
If you need to attend the Registry to view/copy case or summonsed materials, you must ring the Registry on 8207 0999 to arrange an appointment. You should ring at least 24 hours before the time you wish to attend.
When you arrive at your allocated time, you must sign in with the Security Officer to assist contact tracing.
You must leave SAET premises as soon as you have completed your viewing/copying.
Documents for hearings and conferences
You should lodge all documents electronically with SAET at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing or conference.
On commencement or during proceedings
You must adhere to any direction by a Registrar, Commissioner or Presidential Member (which may be communicated by SAET staff or through signage) about:
- Room or space capacity (including hearing rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms and waiting areas)
- The wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
At the completion of proceedings
You must leave SAET premises immediately following proceedings.
Previous communications from the President relating to COVID-19
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (11 December 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (23 November 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (19 November 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (17 November 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (Matters before Commissioners) (21 October 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic responses (11 June 2020)
- Practice Direction – The witnessing of affidavits during the COVID-19 pandemic (28 April 2020)
- Dust Disease cases: Urgent teleconference hearings with regards to the plaintiff’s evidence in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (25 March 2020)
- Attendances at SAET – the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (18 March 2020)
All SAET legislation, rules and practice directions can be accessed here.