A right of appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is available to parties (including Centrelink) who are dissatisfied with a Social Security Appeals Tribunal decision. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is a higher level tribunal than the SSAT and has the power to review its decisions.
If you decide to appeal to the AAT you need to lodge an application at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal registry within 28 days of the date you receive the SSAT decision in writing. This is a strict time frame and only in special circumstances will an extension of time be granted.
Anyone considering an 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, see Social Security in our Service Directory for contact details. 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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