Is there a time limit for applying?

Yes. You can check the decision letter to find out what the time limit is to lodge an application for review.

Military compensation decisions

The time limit to apply for a review of a decision under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 made by the Veterans’ Review Board is 3 months after you receive the decision.

The time limit to apply for a review of a reconsideration decision made by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related claims) Act 1988 is 60 days after you receive the decision.

Veterans’ entitlements decisions

The time limit to apply for a review of most veterans’ entitlements decisions is 3 months after you receive the decision.


What can I do if the time limit has expired?

You can apply to us to extend the time to lodge your application. You must apply in writing and include reasons why the application is late. You can do this:

Check our contact details to lodge the application at one of our registries, or send the application by post, email or fax. 

What happens after you apply for an extension of time?

We will send a copy of your extension application to the decision-maker. They have 14 days to tell us if they oppose the application.

If they do not oppose the application, we will generally make a decision without holding a hearing. If they oppose the application, we will usually hold a hearing before deciding the application. The hearing might be by telephone or in person at the AAT's offices.

We will only start the review if we decide to extend the time limit.