Last updated 29 July 2016

The right of a person under an Act to obtain reasons for a decision from the original decision maker is similar to the right to obtain reasons under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth). Provided a person is entitled to seek review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the reasons for a decision may be requested (s 28 Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth)). It is not necessary for the person requesting reasons to have begun an appeal to the AAT. If written notification of the decision was received but no reasons accompanied the decision, a request for the reasons for the decision must be made within 28 days after the written notification was received. Otherwise, a request must be made within a reasonable time. Reasons may be refused if the Attorney-General certifies that disclosure would be contrary to the public interest. Information may also be sought by reliance on the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).