Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme decisions

This page includes information about the AAT's role, how to apply for review, how the AAT will conduct reviews and support services that are available for applicants.

What decisions can the AAT review?

The AAT can review a range of decisions made by the National Disability Insurance Agency under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act), including decisions about who is eligible to access the scheme, supports provided under the scheme and the registration of providers of supports.

If you disagree with a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency, you must first ask the Agency to review the decision. This is called an internal review. We cannot review a decision until you have had an internal review.

We cannot review every decision that the Agency makes. We can only review a decision if the NDIS Act states that we can review it. The decision you have been given will say whether we can review it.

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How do I apply for review?

You can:

You can send the form or letter to us by post, email or fax. Ask us if you need help with your application.

An application must be made within 28 days after you receive the decision from the National Disability Insurance Agency. We can extend this time if we think it is reasonable to do so.

For more information see our fact sheet Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme decisions: Applying for review.

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How will the AAT conduct the review?

The AAT has developed a practice direction which governs how we will review a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

A review will usually have a number of steps.

  • An AAT Contact Officer will contact you within 3 days of receiving your application to talk about your application.
  • We will tell the Agency we have received your application. They will send to you and to the AAT a copy of all the documents they have that are relevant to your application.
  • In most cases, we will hold a case conference. This is an informal meeting run by the AAT to discuss whether your case can be resolved by agreement and, if not, to prepare a case plan about how your application will proceed.
  • If considered appropriate, the AAT will list the application for a conciliation. The AAT will work with you and the Agency to help you try to reach agreement about how the case should be resolved.
  • If the case is not resolved by agreement, the AAT will hold a hearing and make a decision. You can request a fast-track hearing at the case conference if you believe you have all the relevant information necessary for a decision to be made about your application, you do not want to attend a conciliation and your main objective is to get a formal decision quickly.

Review of AAT’s NDIS Practice Direction and internal procedures

The AAT has commenced a review of the Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Decisions Practice Direction and the AAT’s internal procedures for managing NDIS cases.

The AAT will be undertaking external consultation later this year. Further details will be announced in due course.

For the period of the review, the current NDIS Practice Direction will continue to apply.

If you have any questions about a current or future application to the AAT for review of a decision of the National Disability Insurance Agency, please contact your local registry.

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Can I ask someone to help me when I come to the AAT?

If you want to, you can ask any of the people listed below to help you.

  • The Australian Government funds services in every NDIS site to assist people applying for review of NDIS decisions. You can contact a support person in your area who can help you understand the AAT process, assist with preparing documents for the review, attend conferences and hearings with you, and help you to put your case to the AAT. The support person is independent of the AAT and the National Disability Insurance Agency. Their services are provided free of charge.
  • You can find NDIS Appeals providers, state and territory advocacy providers as well as National Disability Advocacy Program providers through the new online Disability Advocacy Finder, made available by the Department of Social Services: Access the Disability Advocacy Finder  
  • You might also be eligible for legal services provided by the Legal Aid Commission in your state or territory if the Department of Social Services determines that your case raises complex or novel issues. You can ask a support person about this.
  • You can ask another support person, family member or friend to help you with your case or support you when you come to the AAT.
  • You can engage your own lawyer to represent you.

If you have your own lawyer or a Legal Aid Commission lawyer, we will send all documents relating to your case to your lawyer. If you have a support person, we can send all documents relating to your case to that person as well as to you.

There is more information about the support services funded by the Australian Government, including the full list of support person providers, on the Department of Social Services website.

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Contact us if you need more information or have any questions

Contact us by phone, email, post or fax if you want more information about applying to the AAT.

If you have already lodged an application and you know who your AAT Contact Officer is, they can help you with any queries you may have. Their contact details are in the letters we have sent to you.