Recent decisions

The following Written Reasons for Decisions have been handed down this week. Links to the full text of the Decisions at the AustLII website are provided.

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Azary and National Australia Bank Limited [2014] AATA 222; 16/4/2014; Senior Member J Toohey, Dr M Couch, Member

Psychological impairment – whether applicant suffered a psychiatric illness – diagnosis – causation – whether employment contributed to a significant degree – surveillance material – whether reasonable administrative action – whether taken in a reasonable manner – decision under review affirmed


Baird and Comcare [2014] AATA 233; 17/4/2014; Senior Member RM Creyke

Whether condition significantly contributed to by employment – carpel tunnel syndrome in wrists – nature of condition


Brockett and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission [2014] AATA 224; 17/4/2014; Senior Member E Fice

Injury while performing duties during the course of service in the Australian Defence Force – Compensation for injuries – Commonwealth Public Servant with Department of Health and Ageing – Voluntary retirement from Department of Health and Ageing – Statutory construction of s 20 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 – Interpretation of the expression ‘retired from his or her employment’ – The expression ‘double dipping’ – Statutory interpretation – Use of extrinsic materials in interpreting legislation – Decision set aside and remitted


Kosteski and Comcare [2014] AATA 217; 14/4/2014; Deputy President RP Handley

Definition of injury – excludes diseases or injuries resulting from reasonable administrative action taken in a reasonable manner – injury resulted from being told to return to a workplace where she perceived she had been bullied and harassed – employer on notice of perception – should have been clear to employer that insistence on a return to that workplace would likely result in an injury – not reasonable – decision set aside and substituted


Reinhold and Comcare [2014] AATA 221; 15/4/2014; Senior Member N Bell

Compensation for injuries – whether injury permanent – degree of whole person impairment – non–economic loss – decision under review set aside and remitted

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Migration Agents

Chang and Migration Agents Registration Authority [2014] AATA 235; 22/4/2014; Deputy President RP Handley

Migration agents registration – immigration assistance – conflict of interest – breach of the Migration Agents Code of Conduct – fit and proper person –decision under review affirmed


Haque and Migration Agents Registration Authority [2014] AATA 225; 17/4/2014; Mr C Ermert, Member

Registration as Migration Agent – fit and proper person – person of integrity – criminal convictions – character – decision affirmed

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Practice and Procedure

Confidential and Child Support Registrar and Anor [2014] AATA 220; 15/4/2014; Deputy President SD Hotop

Extension of time – application for review lodged out of time – no satisfactory or acceptable explanation for delay – applicant rested on rights – Tribunal not satisfied that reasonable in all the circumstances to grant extension of time – application for extension of time refused


Ripszam and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development [2014] AATA 216; 11/4/2014; Mr S Webb

Application for reinstatement – original application found to be frivolous or vexatious and dismissed – scope of discretion to reinstate – meaning of error – jurisdictional fact – possibility of error – discretion to reinstate not enlivened – application refused

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Social Security

Legro and Secretary, Department of Social Services [2014] AATA 234; 22/4/2014; Ms R Perton, Member

Parenting payment (single) – s 80 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 – decision under review affirmed


Munday and Secretary, Department of Social Services [2014] AATA 231; 17/4/2014; Mr S Webb, Member

Claim for Disability Support Pension – impairments – not fully diagnosed treated and stabilised – less than 20 impairment points – decision affirmed


Ray and Secretary, Department of Social Services [2014] AATA 227; 16/4/2014; Ms R Perton, Member

Disability support pension – cancellation on residency grounds – whether applicant a resident of Australia at the time of cancellation – decision set aside and remitted for consideration of any other outstanding issues


Udrzal and Secretary, Department of Social Services [2014] AATA 232; 17/4/2014; Deputy President PE Hack

Pensions, benefits and allowances – disability support pension – portability - whether outside Australia when cancellation decision made – severe impairment -whether job capacity assessment required - whether fully treated and stabilised and likely to persist for more than two years.

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Tax Agent

Cleary and Tax Practitioners Board [2014] AATA 218; 3/4/2014; Senior Member AF Cunningham

Suspension of registration – Stay order of Tax Practitioner Board set aside

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Veterans' Affairs

Ferdinands and Repatriation Commission [2014] AATA 215; 11/4/2014; Senior Member RG Kenny

Benefits and entitlements – Disability pension payable at 100% of general rate – Eligibility for special rate of pension – Incapacity from war–caused conditions sufficient to prevent the applicant from undertaking remunerative work for more than 8 hours per week – Accepted disabilities alone not responsible for inability to undertake remunerative work – Decision under review affirmed


Sheldon and Repatriation Commission [2014] AATA 228; 17/4/2014; Deputy President PE Hack

Veterans’ entitlements – pension – special rate – what type of work may be undertaken with applicant’s skills, qualifications or experience – whether totally or permanently incapacitated - whether there are other reasons preventing continuing remunerative work – whether genuinely seeking to engage in remunerative work.

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