(1) A person may apply to the Tribunal for a review of a reviewable decision only if:(a) the application is made by an interested person, and(b) where the person was entitled to seek an internal review of the decision—the person has duly applied for such a review and the review is taken to have been finalised under section 53 (9), and(c) the application is made in the manner prescribed by the rules of the Tribunal, and(d) the application is made within the period or by the time prescribed by or under the enactment under which the application is made or, if no such period or time is prescribed, by the end of the default application period for the decision.Note.
1 Section 4 defines interested person to mean a person who is entitled under an enactment to make an application to the Tribunal for an original decision or a review of a reviewable decision (as the case may be).
2 Section 53 (9) provides that an internal review is taken to be finalised if:(a) the applicant for the review is notified of the outcome of the review, or(b) the applicant is not notified of the outcome of the review within 21 days after the application for the review is lodged (or such other period as the administrator and person agree on).(2) The default application period for a reviewable decision is:(a) in the case where the applicant has duly applied for an internal review of the reviewable decision—the period of 28 days after the day on which the internal review is taken to have been finalised under section 53 (9), or(b) in any other case—the period of 28 days after:(i) if the applicant has requested reasons under section 49 for the reviewable decision—the day on which the applicant was provided with a statement of reasons under section 49 or notified under section 50 of a refusal to provide reasons, or(ii) if the applicant has not requested reasons under section 49—the day on which the applicant was notified of the making of the reviewable decision.(3) The Tribunal may deal with an application for the review of a reviewable decision even though the applicant has not duly applied for an internal review to which the applicant was entitled if the Tribunal is satisfied that:(a) the applicant made a late application for the internal review in circumstances where the person dealing with the application unreasonably refused to consider the application and the application to the Tribunal was made within a reasonable time following the reviewable decision of the administrator concerned, or(b) it is necessary for the Tribunal to deal with the application in order to protect the applicant’s interests and the application to the Tribunal was made within a reasonable time following the reviewable decision of the administrator concerned.(4) In determining whether a late application for internal review was unreasonably refused or whether an application to the Tribunal was made within a reasonable time for the purposes of subsection (3), the Tribunal is to have regard to:(a) the time when the applicant became aware of the making of the decision, and(b) in a case to which subsection (3) (a) applies—the period prescribed by or under section 53 for the lodging of an application for an internal review, and(c) such other matters as it considers relevant.(5) The Tribunal may deal with an application even though the applicant has duly applied for an internal review of the decision to which the application relates, and the review is not finalised, if the Tribunal is satisfied that it is necessary for the Tribunal to deal with the application in order to protect the applicant’s interests.
(1) An application to the Tribunal cannot be made unless the fee prescribed by the regulations (if any) in respect of the application is paid.(2) An application in respect of which a fee is waived under the regulations (whether at the time of lodgment or otherwise) is taken to be made at the time the application is lodged with the Tribunal.(3) This section does not apply to an application made under the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993 for a review of a reviewable decision made under community welfare legislation within the meaning of that Act.
(1) Despite section 55 (1) (d), the Tribunal may, on application by an interested person seeking to make a late application to the Tribunal, extend the time for the making by that person of an application if the Tribunal is of the opinion that the person has provided a reasonable explanation for the delay in making the application.(1A) An application by an interested person under subsection (1) must be in writing unless the Tribunal dispenses with the requirement.(2) The time for making an application for a review of a reviewable decision may be extended under subsection (1) although that time has expired.(3) In this section, late application means an application not made within the period or time referred to in section 55 (1) (d).
(1) An administrator whose reviewable decision is the subject of an application for review to the Tribunal must, within 28 days after receiving notice of the application, lodge with the Tribunal:(a) a copy of any statement of reasons given to the applicant under section 49 (or, if no such statement was given to the applicant, a statement of reasons setting out the matters referred to in section 49 (3)), and(a1) a copy of any statement of reasons for a decision in an internal review conducted in respect of the reviewable decision, and(b) a copy of every document or part of a document that is in the possession, or under the control, of the administrator that the administrator considers to be relevant to the determination of the application by the Tribunal.(2) If the applicant has not been given a statement of reasons under section 49, the Tribunal may direct that a copy of the statement of reasons lodged with the Tribunal under subsection (1) (a) be given to the applicant within such period or periods as the Tribunal directs.(3) If the Tribunal or President considers that a party to the proceedings would or might suffer hardship if the period of 28 days provided by subsection (1) is not shortened or extended, the Tribunal or President may, at the request of the party, make an order directing that the copies referred to in that subsection be lodged with the Tribunal within such shorter or extended period as is specified in the order.(4) If the Tribunal or President considers that other particular documents (or that other documents included in a particular class of documents) may be relevant to the determination of the application, it may cause a notice in writing to be served on the administrator:(a) stating that the Tribunal or President is of that opinion, and(b) directing the administrator concerned to lodge with the Tribunal, before a date specified in the notice, a copy of each of those other documents that is in the possession, or under the control, of the administrator.(5) The Registrar of the Tribunal is to grant reasonable access to the applicant in the proceedings to any copy of a document lodged under this section by an administrator. Reasonable access includes, but is not limited to, enabling the applicant to make a photocopy of a document during ordinary business hours.(6) If a party to proceedings before the Tribunal seeks a summons under section 84 against an administrator for the production of any document and a copy of that document has been lodged with the Tribunal under subsection (1) or (4), the Tribunal may (on such conditions as it considers appropriate) direct the Registrar to grant the party access to its copy of the document instead of issuing a summons if access to the document could lawfully be required by the issue of a summons.(7) Nothing in this section requires the disclosure of, or the granting of access to, any document (or a copy of a document) in contravention of any of the following:(a) an order made under section 59 (Objections to lodgment),(b) an order made under section 75 (Proceedings on hearing to be conducted in public),(c) section 124 (Effect of Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009),(d) section 125 (Privileged documents).(8) For the purposes of this section, a reference to a document in the possession of an administrator includes a reference to a document to which the administrator has an immediate right of access.
(1) An administrator may apply to the Tribunal before the expiry of the period referred to in section 58 (1) for an order that the administrator not be required to lodge a copy of a document under section 58.(2) On any such application, the Tribunal may make an order that a copy of a document not be lodged with the Tribunal if:(a) it is satisfied that section 125 operates so as not to require the disclosure of the document, or(b) it considers that, if an application were made under section 75 (2), it would be appropriate to make an order under that subsection prohibiting or restricting the publication or disclosure of evidence of the document.