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Child Support

Tatnell and Tatnell (Child support) [2019] AATA 1216

In this case, a parent who was liable to pay child support had elected to estimate their annual income for the purposes of the child support assessment. The AAT was asked to review the Child Support Agency’s decision to refuse to accept the estimate.  


Walton and Australian Postal Corporation (Compensation) [2018] AATA 4585

The main issue for the AAT  in this case was to decide whether the applicant, a postman, had developed physical and psychological injuries during the course of his employment. Considering medical evidence, the AAT found that Australia Post were liable to pay compensation for the injuries and remitted the matter to Australia Post for reconsideration.

Migration and Refugee

1905923 (Refugee) [2019] AATA 1126

The applicant applied for a Protection visa because he feared physical harm from a well-connected politician in his home country of Thailand. The applicant asked the AAT to review the Department of Home Affairs’ decision not to grant him a Protection visa.

Lu (Migration) [2019] AATA 374

The AAT was asked to review a decision by the Department of Home Affairs to refuse to grant a Partner visa to the applicant. The AAT was satisfied that the applicant and sponsor have a mutual commitment to a shared life as a married couple to the exclusion of all others, that the relationship is genuine and continuing and that they live together.

Yassa (Migration) [2019] AATA 1078

The applicant applied to the Department of Home Affairs for a visa extension. However, the applicant needed to establish exceptional circumstances. The Department refused to grant the visa. The AAT also found the applicant’s reasons did not form ‘an exception’ and affirmed the Department's decision.

Social Services (second review)

Hillan and Secretary, Department of Social Services (Social services second review) [2019] AATA 1589

The applicant in this case was seeking the Disability Support Pension. The AAT had to establish whether the applicant’s impairments were diagnosed, treated and/or stabilised, and determine whether they were permanent.

Taxation and Commercial

Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd and Comptroller-General of Customs [2019] AATA 1308

The applicant had provided the NSW government with driverless trains that now run on the Sydney metro system. Seeking a Tariff Concession Order (TCO) to import driverless trains free of duty, the applicant asked the AAT to review the Comptroller-General of Custom’s decision not to issue the TCO.

Veterans' Entitlements

Paxton and Repatriation Commission (Veterans’ Entitlements) [2019] AATA 1305

Veterans are entitled to a disability pension when they are incapable of undertaking remunerative work due to the impact of war-caused injuries. The issue in this case was whether the applicant was entitled to the disability pension at the special, intermediate or general rate.