This page has information about time limits for applying for review of 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.

Is there a time limit for making an application?

Yes. The time limit for making an application to the AAT is usually 28 days after you receive the decision you want us to review. However, for some decisions it’s longer and for others it’s shorter.

The time limit is usually stated in the decision you want us to review.

We have a list of decisions (DOC, 90 KB) that have a different time limit. The following table has information about the most common types of decisions we can review that have a different time limit.

Type of decision Time limit
Commonwealth workers’ compensation decisions Most reviewable decisions about claims for compensation under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 60 days
Migration decisions Decisions to refuse to grant, or to cancel, a visa under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958, where the decision relates to a person in Australia 9 days
Military compensation decisions Decisions under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 that have been reviewed by the Veterans’ Review Board 3 months
Any other reviewable decision under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 60 days
Tax decisions Most reviewable decisions that have been made by the Australian Taxation Office under a taxation law 60 days
Veterans’ entitlements decisions Most reviewable decisions that have been made under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 3 months

What can I do if the time limit has expired?

If you want to make an application for review of a decision but the time limit has expired, you will need to apply for an extension of time. The AAT can extend most, but not all, time limits.

You must apply for an extension of time in writing.  You can:

Make sure your application includes the reasons why you could not get the application to us within the time limit.

Send your form, letter or email to us  with your application for review of the decision.

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