Public sector

SAET has responsibility for reviewing specific types of employment decisions made about South Australian public sector employees.

It can review decisions about matters such as:

  • merit based selection process
  • transfers
  • remuneration
  • entitlements
  • disciplinary action
  • any failure or refusal to make a decision

Who is involved?

If you are a public sector employee and you have concerns about a decision made about your employment, you may wish to consider having SAET review the decision.

What do I need to do?

You should always seek an internal review of the decision as the first step.

You may be able to resolve your concerns, with your agency providing resources to help resolve the matter.

However, if you are not satisfied after an internal review, you can apply to SAET for a review.

This application must be made within 21 days of you being notified by your agency of the outcome of the internal review. (If the employment decision relates to a selection process, you must apply to SAET within seven days.)

What can I expect?

SAET will examine the employment decision based on the evidence or material the agency considered when making its decision.

SAET may also consider further evidence or material presented to it.

After considering the evidence, SAET may either agree with or ‘affirm’ the original decision, or refer it to the agency chief executive for further consideration, in accordance with any directions or recommendations it desires to make.

SAET cannot change an employment decision or substitute it with one it considers appropriate.


Please obtain the relevant form(s) via the SAET Forms page. 

Is there a cost?


Where can I find more information?

You can contact the SAET Registry if you have questions about the process.