What is a fast-track hearing?


When this Fact Sheet refers to “You” it means the applicant, and includes his or her nominee, representative or support person. When it refers to “We” or “Us” it means the AAT.

What is a fast-track hearing?

A Hearing is an opportunity for you and the National Disability Insurance Agency to present information and arguments about your case to an AAT Member who will then make a decision.

Ordinarily, a Hearing will be listed after you and the Agency have been to a conciliation to try to reach agreement. However, you may ask for a fast-track hearing at a 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.

We will give you a fast-track hearing if you ask for it and if:

  • you will have all the relevant information necessary for a decision to be made about your application by the date of the Hearing; and
  • we are satisfied that a fast-track hearing would not disadvantage you or the Agency.

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When will a fast-track hearing be held?

We will schedule a fast-track hearing within 6 weeks after the case conference and will include the time, date and place in your case plan. For more information about case conferences and case plans, see our fact sheet Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Decisions: What happens at a case conference?

Your AAT Contact Officer will contact you between 7 and 14 days before the Hearing to confirm the date, time and place of the Hearing and discuss what will happen at the hearing.

If we schedule a fast-track hearing, we will expect you and the National Disability Insurance Agency to be ready on the day set for the hearing. We will not ordinarily postpone a fast-track hearing unless there are very good reasons to do so.

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How can I prepare for a fast-track hearing?

You must do everything that your case plan requires you to do and be ready to proceed on the day of the fast-track hearing. If your case plan says that a family member, carer or other witness will be giving evidence, you must make sure they will be available on the day and at the time of the hearing.

You must give us any further information or evidence you want us to consider no later than 14 days before the hearing. We will not ordinarily allow you to submit information after this time unless there are very good reasons.

If you want to, you can send us a written summary of your position before the hearing. You should do this no later than 7 days before the hearing.

If you send us any further information or evidence, or a summary of your position, you must also send a copy to the National Disability Insurance Agency. If you need help to send documents to the Agency, your AAT Contact Officer can help you.

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What will the National Disability Insurance Agency do to prepare?

The National Disability Insurance Agency must do all of the things that the case plan requires them to do before the hearing and be ready to proceed on the day of the hearing. They must also:

  • send you and us any further documents or evidence at least 14 days before the hearing. We will only allow the Agency to submit documents after this time if there are very good reasons
  • send you and us a copy of a summary of their position no later than 7 days before the hearing
  • send you and us a list of any cases they will refer to during the hearing at least 2 days before the hearing
  • make sure any witnesses who will give evidence at the hearing are going to be available on the day and at the time of the hearing.

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How can I find out more about the hearing?

For more information about what happens at a hearing, including who will be at the hearing and when you can expect a decision, see our fact sheet Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Decisions: What happens at a hearing?

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Version: July 2014