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The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) conducts independent merits reviews of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws.
It reviews decisions made by Australian Government ministers, departments and agencies and, in limited circumstances, decisions made by state government and non-government bodies. It also reviews decisions made under Norfolk Island laws.
The AAT can only review a decision if a law states that the decision can be reviewed by the AAT.
It can review decisions made under more than 400 Commonwealth Acts and legislative instruments. The most common types of decisions it reviews relate to:
- child support
- Commonwealth workers’ compensation
- family assistance, paid parental leave, social security and student assistance
- migration and refugee visas and visa-related decisions
- veterans' entitlements.
It also reviews decisions relating to:
- Australian citizenship
- civil aviation
- corporations and financial services regulation
- freedom of information
- the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- security assessments by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
It can also review decisions made under a small number of Norfolk Island laws, including decisions about building, land valuation and planning.