Our submission to the Statutory Review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Our submission to the Statutory Review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Friday, 31 August 2018

We have made a submission to the review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), which is currently being undertaken by the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Our submission, On the Merits – Getting important and complex decisions right, contains the stories of four clients whose lives have been directly and significantly impacted by decisions relating to:

  • their access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • their visa and whether they were able to continue to live in Australia with their family
  • overwhelming robo-debts. 

These clients’ stories highlight the important role of the AAT, as well as the impact on individuals and the system when merits review is not available.

In 2017–18 we provided legal advice on AAT matters on approximately 850 occasions, and opened more than 130 files in AAT matters. 

Informed by this work and the evidence and insights it provides, we made five recommendations to the review. The recommendations aim to maintain and strengthen the AAT as a fair, just, economical and crucial mechanism of review in the Australian legal system.

The written report of the review is to be provided to the Attorney-General by 31 October 2018.

More information

Read more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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