What external review decisions can the Tribunal make?

The Tribunal will take an independent look at:

  • your situation
  • the law
  • Our Guidelines
  • the principles we follow to create your plan – if you’re asking for a review of the supports in your plan
  • the reasons for our internal review decision, and the information we used to make the internal review decision
  • any new information you give the Tribunal.

It will then make the ‘correct or preferable’ decision.  This means, out of the decisions they can make, it will make the decision it thinks is best under the law.

After the hearing, the Tribunal can make one of 4 types of decisions. It can either:

  • affirm the internal review decision  – the Tribunal doesn’t make any changes
  • vary the internal review decision  – the Tribunal makes some changes to the internal review decision
  • set aside the internal review decision and make a new decision 
  • set aside the internal review decision, and send it back to us for further consideration. 

If the Tribunal sends the decision back to us, it often gives us instructions on how to make the new decision.

The Tribunal will give reasons for its decision. Most of the time, it will publish those reasons on the AustLII website .

Learn more about the types of decisions the Tribunal can make .

Learn more about the steps in the external review process .

This page current as of
13 September 2021
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