This page has information about when an application fee must be paid and how much it is for decisions that are reviewed in any of the following AAT divisions:

  • General Division
  • Freedom of Information Division
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Division
  • Security Division
  • Taxation & Commercial Division
  • Veterans’ Appeals Division.

Overview

There is no application fee for the review of some types of decisions. For the review of other decisions, an application fee must be paid.

If a fee must be paid, your application cannot proceed until you pay the fee. The AAT may dismiss your application if you do not pay the application fee within six weeks after lodging your application.

If you have paid a fee and the case is resolved in your favour, the AAT will refund most of the fee in most cases.


When is there no application fee?

There is no application fee if you are applying for a review of a decision listed in section 22 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015.

The following table has information about the most common types of decisions we can review that do not attract a fee.

 

Centrelink decisions Second review of a decision made by the Social Services & Child Support Division relating to a Centrelink decision about family assistance, social security or student assistance
Commonwealth workers’ compensation decisions A reviewable decision under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 or Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
FOI decisions A decision about a document that relates to a decision that does not attract a fee when applying to the AAT for a review
Military compensation decisions A reviewable decision under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
NDIS decisions A reviewable decision under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
Veterans’ entitlements decisions A reviewable decision under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

What is the application fee for other applications?

For most other applications, the standard application fee is $861. However, if you meet the concessional requirements, this fee can be reduced to $100.

A lower application fee of $85 is payable for the review of the following taxation decisions:

  • you state in writing that the amount of tax in dispute is less than $5,000
  • the Tax Office has refused your request to be released from paying a tax debt (regardless of the amount involved)
  • the Tax Office has refused to extend the time for you to lodge a taxation objection..

This fee cannot be reduced further.

When am I entitled to pay a reduced fee?

You are entitled to pay a reduced fee of $100 in the following circumstances:

  • you have been granted legal aid for your application
  • you hold a health care card, a pensioner concession card, a Commonwealth seniors health card or any other card issued by the Commonwealth that certifies entitlement to Commonwealth health concessions
  • you are in prison or lawfully detained in a public institution
  • you are under 18 years of age,
  • you are receiving youth allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.

If you fall into one of these groups, you need to give us proof. We can advise you about what type of proof you should provide.

The AAT can also order that a reduced fee is payable if we decide that paying the standard application fee would cause you financial hardship.

How do I apply for a fee reduction on the grounds of financial hardship?

You must apply in writing by filling out the Request for Fee Reduction form (PDF, 372 KB). Make sure you give us all of the information about your financial circumstances asked for in the form.

The information you give us in this form is confidential and will only be seen by the AAT staff who process your request.

Send your form to us with your application for review of a decision.

What if I have more than one application for review?

If an application fee is payable, you must pay a fee for each application for review that you make to the AAT. However, if you make more than one application and we decide they can be dealt with together, the AAT can order that you only have to pay one fee.

If you think you should only have to pay one fee, ask the AAT staff about this when you lodge your application.

Can I appeal if the AAT refuses my request to pay a reduced fee or to pay only one fee?

Yes. If your request for a fee reduction on financial hardship grounds or to pay only one fee is refused, you have a right to appeal the decision at the AAT. We will give you information about this.


When will an application fee be refunded?

If you paid an application fee but you weren’t required to pay it, we will refund all of the application fee. If you paid an application fee but you were entitled to pay a lower amount, we will refund the difference.

If you paid a standard application fee, most of it will be refunded if the case is resolved in your favour. The refund amount is the difference between the fee you paid and $100. So, if you paid $861, you get back $761. There is no refund if you paid the lower application fee of $85 or the reduced fee of $100.

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