Last updated 30 August 2016

Applications for review of a decision must be in writing and can be in accordance with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) form (s 29(1) Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) (AAT Act)). The AAT form clearly identifies the information that must be provided to the AAT.

Applications must be accompanied by the application fee where applicable. In many instances no fee is payable, and fees may be refunded if an applicant is successful. A fee that is otherwise payable may be reduced to $100 by the AAT if it would cause the person financial hardship to pay the fee. Information about fees may be obtained from the AAT.

Time limits

The time limit for lodging an application is 28 days after the applicant receives the written decision (s 29(2) AAT Act). Where written reasons have not been provided but have been requested in accordance with s 28 of the AAT Act, different time limits may apply. This time can be extended if the AAT is satisfied that it is reasonable in all the circumstances to do so (s 29(7)).


After a valid application is made, the AAT notifies the decision maker in accordance with s 29AC of the AAT Act that an application has been made. Under s 37 of the AAT Act, the decision maker is required to provide to the AAT and the applicant, within 28 days after receipt of the notice under s 29 of the AAT Act, a copy of all documents considered to be relevant to the review of the decision. These documents are sometimes referred to as the T documents by the AAT.