Last Updated 3 August 2016
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is not strictly a court. Established by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth), the AAT reviews various Commonwealth administrative decisions made by ministers, official authorities, agencies, tribunals and other authorities. In limited circumstances, it also reviews decisions by some state government and non-government bodies. The tribunal reconsiders decisions to determine whether they are correct and may vary, set aside or confirm the original decision.
The AAT website provides details regarding its specific jurisdiction, conferred by various pieces of legislation.
The Social Services and Child Support Division of the AAT conducts merit reviews of decisions made under social security law, family assistance law, paid parental leave law and child support law.