SAET is making changes


Changes from July 2019

Benefits for users

User Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


From July 2019, SAET is introducing new processes that will streamline how individuals and organisations interact with the Tribunal.

All forms have been revised with new Word and/or PDF versions now available on our forms page.

Some forms are available to complete and submit online, with the remainder to progressively shift to online applications in the coming months.

Online applications will result in faster processing and earlier advice of hearing dates.

Word and/or PDF versions of applications should be emailed to one single point:

Eventually, the Word and PDF versions will be removed.

This is the first round of improvements as SAET shifts to a new electronic case management system. The new system will deliver operational efficiencies and enable SAET staff to focus on adding value to Tribunal proceedings.

Further changes will occur over the course of 2019 and all will be in accordance with existing Acts, Regulations and Rules. Some changes may require an update to SAET’s Practice Directions.

Lodge an online application or view the revised forms here.

Changes from July 2019

Online applications

The following forms can be completed and submitted online:

  • A02 Application for Review (Return to Work)
  • A03 Application for Expedited Decision (Return to Work)
  • A04 Application for Suitable Employment (Return to Work)
  • A19 General Application

All other forms will progressively become online applications. The PDF versions of all forms will eventually be removed.

Single email address when lodging PDFs

If using a new PDF version of an application, please note that it should be emailed to one single point:

Lodging to multiple email addresses is unnecessary and may result in delayed processing.

New case numbering for new applications

From July 2019, case numbers will be allocated as follows:

  • ET-19-12345
  • ET – Employment Tribunal
  • 19 – calendar year i.e. 2019

Numbers for existing cases will be retained.

New format of SAET Orders and Notices

From July 2019 new templates will be used for SAET Orders and Notices. These documents will contain predominately the same information as before.

Benefits for users

Complete applications faster

The new online forms eliminate multiple requests for the same information, making them simpler and faster to complete.

Reduce incomplete submissions

Online application forms can only be submitted once all required information and supporting documentation is attached.

Faster processing

By submitting a 100% complete form online, SAET staff can process the application faster and provide earlier advice of the allocated conference/hearing date.

Save and download applications

Users can continue to save a partially completed form and return to it. Completed forms can also be downloaded to your own system.

User Tips:

  • Delete any SAET forms downloaded to your internal files – these will be out of date.
  • Visit the Forms page (insert link) for the latest forms.
  • Where possible, choose the online application option for faster processing. A copy of your application will be provided by email.
  • All applications and documents should be lodged by email to one single point:
  • Contact SAET Registry with any queries on (08) 8207 0999.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is SAET making these changes?

SAET’s current system is costly, inefficient to maintain and does not meet the needs of a modern Tribunal.

A contemporary, electronic case management system will create efficiencies enabling SAET to be more responsive to the needs of applicants, their representatives, agents and compensating authorities.

Many other Australian and overseas jurisdictions are also making this technological shift.

Which applications can I complete and submit online?

From July 2019, the following forms can be submitted via the website:

  • A02 Application for Review (Return to Work
  • A03 Application for Expedited Decision (Return to Work
  • A04 Application for Suitable Employment (Return to Work)
  • A19 General Application

In the coming months, an online application option will be introduced for all other forms.

Do I have to use the online application process if there is a choice to use the PDF?

SAET’s preference is to receive applications online rather than via email or hard copy. Online applications will be processed faster, resulting in earlier notification of a hearing date.

Where online applications are not yet available, a PDF application should be emailed to Please note this option will be phased out eventually.

Can I start an online application and finalise it for submission at a later date?

Yes, an online application can be saved part-way through completion. It can also be downloaded to your own files. Upon lodgment, a copy of your application will be sent to your nominated email address.

What if an application is too big to email?

Files up to 10MB can be emailed to If your file exceeds this, please contact SAET Registry on (08) 8207 0999 to make alternative arrangements.

How should I submit a document during a trial that is under way?

Please submit all documents quoting the relevant case number via email to It will then be processed and allocated to the correct file.

Can I still email documents to a Member’s Chambers?

– SAET’s preference is to receive applications and documents online (where the relevant forms are available) or via email to for processing.

Will my trial book, book of documents or appeal book need to become electronic?

Not at this point. SAET is committed to being more responsive to users and streamlining its processes, so we would like to discuss with legal representatives how further improvements could be made.

Will there be changes to SAET’s Rules?

Yes. SAET is conducting a review of the current Rules and revisions will be made to reflect the new case management system.

Will SAET be moving to an electronic court room?

There are no immediate plans for this to occur.