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SAT is committed to ensuring that all parties have access to justice. To accomplish this, SAT makes all efforts to ensure that our facilities and hearings are fully accessible.

There is a disabled drop off bay at the front of the SAT building on Hay Street. There are public parking areas at Kings Parking and the Fire Station carpark on Hay Street.

There are accessible toilets for people with disabilities on every floor of the SAT offices.

The sound in hearing rooms can be amplified through a unit placed on the table and using headphones. This can be requested in advance, or speak to SAT staff on the day of the hearing to set this up.

If you believe the hearing should take place at a different venue, such as a nursing home or hospital, please contact SAT as soon as possible.

If you require an interpreter at a hearing, you should contact SAT as soon as you can before a hearing, and fill out an Interpreter Request Form.

The following methods of interpretation are used in SAT:

  • consecutive interpreting (interpreter listens to a speaker, takes notes while listening and then interprets while the speaker pauses) – generally used when interpreting the evidence of a witness;
  • simultaneous whispered interpreting (interpreter listens and interprets ongoing statements, with the interpretation usually a few seconds behind the speaker) – generally used to interpret for a party;
  • simultaneous AUSLAN interpreting – generally used for deaf or hearing impaired people; and
  • language assistance (where a party or witness does not require an interpreter at all times, but may, from time to time, have difficulty in fully understanding what is being said or inaccurately conveying their response in spoken English).

Who organises and pays for an interpreter?

If SAT considers that a party or witness:

  • whose first language is a language other than English, or
  • who is deaf or hearing impaired,

requires the assistance of an interpreter to be able to take part in a SAT hearing or to give evidence, SAT will arrange for an appropriate interpreter to attend the hearing and will pay the cost charged by the interpreter.

SAT can also arrange for an interpreter to assist a party or witness that attends SAT, and requires such assistance, by telephone conference subject to availability.

Guardianship and Administration (GAA) Matters

The SAT application form invites the applicant to indicate whether anyone attending the hearing will need an interpreter and what language or dialect they speak.

SAT staff also check the Doctors Guide, the Primary Carer and Social Worker Guide and the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Report (if available) to assess whether an interpreter is required.

The notice of hearing sent by SAT to the parties also invites the parties to advise SAT prior to the hearing if there is a need for an interpreter.

Definitions of key terms used in GAA Matters are contained in the following document:

Non-GAA Matters

The applicant may identify the need for an interpreter in the SAT application form.

The notice of hearing sent by SAT to the parties invited the parties to advise SAT prior to the hearing if there is a need for an interpreter.

Parties may also raise the need for an interpreter at the directions hearing.

Definitions of key terms used in building and strata disputes are contained in the following documents:

Further assistance with legal terms

Interpreters may wish to download the App ‘Legal Literate’ to assist them with their understanding of some common legal terms that may be used in Tribunal proceedings.

Last updated: 26 July 2022

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