What are the things AAT is empowered to do?
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Australia has the power to:
- vary a decision
- affirm a decision
- set aside a decision and replace a new decision, or
- remit a decision to the decision-maker for reconsideration
How trustworthy is AAT in terms of review process?
It is the main objective of AAT to offer a review process that is accessible, fair, economical, just, quick and informal. More so, the Tribunal aims to provide a review process that is proportionate to the complexity and importance of the matter, promotes public trust, as well as confidence in its decision making. The review process varies according to the type of decision being reviewed.
How does one go about the review?
The organisation conducts reviews with a decision “on the merits”. Meaning, AAT takes a fresh look at the facts, law, and policy related to the decision and arrives at its own decision. The Tribunal decides if the decision should remain unchanged or not. Also, it is independent of the individual or group that makes the decision. Reviews are conducted by one of this organization’s eight Divisions. In connection to this, the review process varies and it depends on the type of decision an individual or group wants to be reviewed.