A right of appeal to the General Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a second review is available to parties (including Centrelink) who are dissatisfied with a first level review decision at the Social Services and Child Support Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision. The General Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal is a higher level tribunal and has the power to review first review decisions made by the Social Services and Child Support Division of the AAT.
If you decide to appeal to the AAT for a second review you need to lodge an application at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal registry within 28 days of the date you receive the AAT first review decision in writing. This is a strict time frame and only in special circumstances will an extension of time be granted.
Anyone considering a second review appeal to the AAT or facing an appeal from Centrelink to the AAT, is recommended to seek advice from the Welfare Rights Centre or the Legal Services Commission. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is a 'no costs' jurisdiction. This means that applicants should incur no costs even if they are unsuccessful.
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