We manage applications in the following eight divisions:

  • General Division
  • Freedom of Information Division
  • Migration & Refugee Division (including the Immigration Assessment Authority)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Division
  • Security Division
  • Social Services & Child Support Division
  • Taxation & Commercial Division, and
  • Veterans’ Appeals Division 

The allocation of applications to Divisions is determined by the:

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and the Migration Act 1958, and 
  • the President’s direction Allocation of Business to Divisions of the AAT.

This page provides a summary of the types of decisions we review in each division.

Follow the links to find more information about what decisions we can and cannot review.

If you want more information or assistance, call us 1800 228 333.


Freedom of Information Division

Applications about:

  • most decisions made under the Archives Act 1983
  • decisions made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • decisions made under the Privacy Act 1988.

Applications about decisions under the Archives Act 1983 in respect of access to a record of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation are dealt with in the Security Division.


Migration & Refugee Division

Applications about decisions:

  • to refuse or cancel a visa
  • relating to approval and cancellation of sponsorship and nomination

that can be reviewed under Part 5 or Part 7 of the Migration Act 1958.

Applications about the following decisions made under the Migration Act 1958 are dealt with in the General Division:

  • to cancel a business visa under section 134
  • to refuse or cancel a visa based on character grounds (including under sections 5H(2), 36(1C), 36(2C) and 501)
  • to not revoke a mandatory visa cancellation under section 501CA.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Division

Applications about decisions made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.


Security Division

The following types of applications:

  • applications about adverse or qualified security assessments (a security assessment application) made under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
  • applications that are related to a security assessment application and are to be heard at the same time as a security assessment application
  • applications about decisions under the Archives Act 1983 in respect of access to a record of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation.

Social Services & Child Support Division

Applications for first review by the AAT of:

  • Centrelink decisions, including about social security payments, family assistance payments, paid parental leave and student assistance payments, and
  • most child support decisions.

Applications about child support departure prohibition orders and departure authorisation certificates are dealt with in the General Division.


Taxation & Commercial Division

Applications about decisions:

  • of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Companies Auditors and Liquidators Registration Board (other than a decision under the Freedom of Information Act 1982);
  • of the Commissioner of Taxation under a taxation law within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997;
  • under the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012, Bankruptcy Act 1966, Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

Veterans’ Appeals Division

Applications about decisions made under the:

  • Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006 and Compensation (Japanese Internment) Act 2001
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 if they relate to a "defence-related claim" as defined in section 141 of that Act
  • Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

General Division

Applications about decisions that are not allocated to one of the other Divisions of the AAT are dealt with in the General Division, including:

  • applications for second review of decisions made by the AAT’s Social Services & Child Support Division about:
    • Centrelink decisions (except an employer-related paid parental leave decision)
    • a party's percentage of care for a child for child support purposes
  • applications for review of decisions made by the AAT’s Social Services & Child Support Division refusing an extension of time to apply for a review of a child support decision.