Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015

Link to law: https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2015L00959

 
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015
 
Select Legislative Instrument No. 94, 2015
I, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulation.
Dated 25 June 2015
Peter Cosgrove
Governor‑General
By His Excellency’s Command
George Brandis QC
Attorney‑General
 
  
  
  
 
Contents
Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1
1............ Name................................................................................................... 1
2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1
3............ Authority............................................................................................. 1
4............ Schedules............................................................................................ 1
5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2
Part 2—Tribunal                                                                                                                    3
6............ Tribunal seal........................................................................................ 3
7............ Approval of forms.............................................................................. 3
8............ Veterans’ Appeals Division................................................................ 3
Part 3—Applications for review                                                                                   4
9............ Tribunal review of Norfolk Island enactment decisions...................... 4
10.......... Time to oppose application to extend time for making application for review          7
Part 4—Summons                                                                                                                  8
11.......... Form of summons............................................................................... 8
12.......... Giving a summons.............................................................................. 8
13.......... Fees and allowances in relation to compliance with summons............ 8
14.......... Who must pay fees and allowances................................................... 10
15.......... When fees and allowances are payable.............................................. 10
Part 5—Giving documents                                                                                             11
16.......... Address for documents..................................................................... 11
17.......... Giving documents to a person........................................................... 11
18.......... Time an electronic communication is taken to be given to a person... 13
Part 6—Fees                                                                                                                            14
19.......... Scope of operation of this Part.......................................................... 14
20.......... Fees................................................................................................... 14
21.......... Concessional circumstances.............................................................. 15
22.......... Decisions for which application fee is not payable............................ 16
23.......... Multiple applications......................................................................... 17
24.......... Consequence if application not accompanied by prescribed fee........ 18
25.......... Consequences if the Tribunal considers that the amount in dispute is not less than $5 000      18
26.......... Refunds............................................................................................. 19
27.......... Biennial increase in fees.................................................................... 20
28.......... Review by Tribunal—certain fee payment decisions......................... 21
Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                       23
29.......... Maximum number of Council members............................................ 23
Part 8—Transitional provisions                                                                                  24
30.......... Refunds for pre 1 November 2010 applications................................ 24
31.......... Oath or affirmation of office............................................................. 24
32.......... Changes to Tribunal Divisions.......................................................... 24
Schedule 1—Repeals                                                                                                          25
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulations 1976                                          25
Part 1—Preliminary
  
1  Name
                         This is the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulation 2015.
2  Commencement
             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.
 
Commencement information

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

Provisions
Commencement
Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument
At the same time as Schedule 1 to the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 commences.
1 July 2015

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.
             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.
3  Authority
                         This instrument is made under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015.
4  Schedules
                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.
5  Definitions
Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act, including the following:
(a)    Commonwealth agency;
(b)    enactment;
(c)    proceeding;
(d)    State;
(e)    Tribunal.
                   In this instrument:
Act means the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.
address for documents, for a person:
                     (a)  means an address where documents for a proceeding may be posted to or left for the person (and which may also include a DX address, a fax number, an email address or another electronic address); and
                     (b)  includes an address the person is taken to have provided under subsection 29(1A) of the Act.
approved form means a form approved under subsection 7(1).
document, for Part 5, includes a summons.
electronic communication has the same meaning as in the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.
government agency means:
                     (a)  a Commonwealth agency; or
                     (b)  a Department of State of the Commonwealth, or of a State; or
                     (c)  a statutory office‑holder established under a law of the Commonwealth, or of a State, or under a Norfolk Island enactment; or
                            (d)   any other entity established for a public purpose under a law of a State or under a Norfolk Island enactment.
Part 2—Tribunal
  
6  Tribunal seal
                 (1)   The Tribunal is to have a seal.
                 (2)   The President is to determine the design of the seal.
             (3)  The seal must be attached to:
                     (a)  a document of a kind directed by the President; and
                     (b)  any other document as ordered by the Tribunal.
Note:          The President may give directions under section 18B of the Act.
             (4)  The seal may be attached to a document by hand, by electronic means or by any other way.
7  Approval of forms
                  (1)   The President may approve forms (including electronic forms) for the purposes of the following:
                     (a)  the Act;
                     (b)  this instrument;
                     (c)  another enactment that confers powers or functions on the Tribunal.
             (2)  However, the President may not approve, under paragraph (1)(c), a form dealing with a matter to the extent that:
                     (a)  a form dealing with the matter has been prescribed or approved for the purposes of the other enactment; or
                     (b)  the other enactment otherwise specifies the manner of dealing with the matter.
8  Veterans’ Appeals Division
                   The Veterans’ Appeals Division is prescribed for paragraph 17A(g) of the Act.
Part 3—Applications for review
  
9  Tribunal review of Norfolk Island enactment decisions
                 (1)   This section is made for subsection 25(2) of the Act.
                 (2)   A person may apply to the Tribunal for review of a decision:
                            (a)   made in the exercise of powers conferred by a Norfolk Island enactment; and
                     (b)  mentioned in an item of the table in subsection (3).
             (3)  For paragraph 25(3)(a) of the Act, the person specified is the person who made the decision.
 
Norfolk Island enactment decisions

Item
Decision

1
A decision under subsection 10(2) of the Absentee Landowners Levy Act 1976

2
A decision under section 8 of the Animals (Importation) Act 1983

3
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Apiaries Act 1935:
(a) paragraph 3A(1)(c) or (2)(a);
(b) subsection 4(2);
(c) subsection 12(6)

4
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 2005:
(a) section 11;
(b) subsection 29(4);
(c) section 37;
(d) section 50

5
A decision under section 3, 4 or 5 of the Birds Protection Act 1913

6
Any of the following decisions under the Bookmakers and Betting Exchange Act 1998:
(a) a decision under section 8;
(b) a decision under subsection 11(1) or (2);
(c) a decision under subsection 12(1) or (2);
(d) a decision under subsection 13(1) or (2);
(e) a decision under section 34;
(f) a decision mentioned in subsection 44(1) or (2)

7
A decision under section 6, 7 or 8 of the Brands and Marks Act 1949

8
A decision mentioned in any of the following provisions of the Building Act 2002:
(a) subsection 43(1);
(b) paragraph 43(2)(a);
(c) paragraph 43(2)(b)

9
A decision under section 7 or 19 of the Business Names Act 1976

10
A decision under the Business Transactions (Administration) Act 2006

11
A decision under subsection 9(2) of the Business Transactions (Levy Imposition) Act 2006

12
A decision mentioned in subsection 58(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985

13
Any of the following decisions under the Crown Lands Act 1996:
(a) a decision under subsection 14(1);
(b) a decision related to a request made under subsection 26(1);
(c) a decision under section 28

14
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Customs Act 1913:
(a) subsection 2A(1);
(b) section 4AA, 4ABA, 4AC, 4AAC, 4ACB or 4AD;
(c) section 5CA;
(d) section 8A, 8B, 8D or 8F

15
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Electricity (Licensing and Registration) Act 1985:
(a) subsection 9(4);
(b) section 13 or 14

16
Any of the following decisions under the Environment Act 1990:
(a) a decision to reject a claim made under section 91;
(b) a decision under subsection 128(1)

17
A decision under section 8 or subsection 14(2) of the Financial Institutions Levy Act 1985

18
A decision under section 6 or 7 of the Fuel Levy Act 1987

19
A decision under section 7 or 11 of the Goods and Services Tax Act 2007

20
A decision under subsection 4(2) of the Healthcare Levy Act 1990

21
A decision under section 5 of the Land Administration Fees Act 1996

22
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Land Titles Act 1996:
(a) paragraph 138(1)(a), (b) or (c);
(b) paragraph 146(2)(f)

23
A decision under subsection 79(1) of the Land Valuation Act 2012

24
A decision under the Liquor Act 2005 in relation to any of the following:
(a) an application for the disqualification of a licensee or licensed premises;
(b) an application for the appointment of a nominee of a licensee;
(c) an application for any of the following actions to be taken in relation to a licence or permit:
(i) grant;
(ii) variation;
(iii) relocation;
(iv) transfer;
(v) renewal;
(vi) surrender;
(vii) suspension;
(viii) cancellation

25
A decision under section 7, 11 or 18 of the Lotteries and Fundraising Act 1987

26
A decision under section 7 of the Medical Practitioners Registration Act 1983

27
A decision under any of the following provisions of the Migratory Birds Act 1980:
(a) subsection 4(3), 7(2), 9(3) or 15(1);
(b) paragraph 15(2)(a)

28
A decision under the Norfolk Island Broadcasting Authority Act 2001 other than a decision made under subsection 10(6) of that Act

29
A decision under section 2A or 3A of the Norfolk Island National Park and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden Act 1984

30
A decision mentioned in paragraph 78(1)(a), (b) or (c) of the Planning Act 2002

31
Any of the following decisions under the Public Health Act 1996:
(a) a decision under Part 2 to issue, or include requirements in, a public health notice;
(b) a decision under Part 4 to take any of the following actions in relation to a public health licence:
(i) refuse to grant;
(ii) refuse to issue;
(iii) cancel;
(iv) include conditions

32
A decision mentioned in paragraph 31(a), (b), (c) or (d) of the Public Reserves Act 1997

33
A refusal to give a certificate under section 15 of the Roads Act 2002

34
A decision under section 33 of the Social Services Act 1980

35
A refusal to give a written notice under section 11 of the Subdivision Act 2002

36
A refusal to give an authorisation under subsection 13(1) of the Telecommunications Act 1992

37
A decision under section 7 or 17 of the Tourist Accommodation Act 1984

38
A decision under section 4 of the Tourist Accommodation (Ownership) Act 1989

39
Any of the following decisions under the Trees Act 1997:
(a) a decision under section 9 to:
(i) refuse to grant a permit; or
(ii) endorse conditions on a permit;
(b) a decision under section 12 to refuse to register a plantation;
(c) a decision under section 17 to refuse to grant a timber licence;
(d) a decision under section 18 to endorse conditions on a timber licence

10  Time to oppose application to extend time for making application for review
                         For subsection 29(10) of the Act, the prescribed time to give a notice opposing an application for an extension of time is 14 days.
Part 4—Summons
  
11  Form of summons
                         A summons referred to in section 40A of the Act must be in the approved form.
12  Giving a summons
                 (1)   This section is made for paragraph 61(1)(a) of the Act.
                 (2)   A summons referred to in section 40A of the Act is taken to be given to a person (the named person) named in the summons if the summons is given to the named person:
                            (a)   in a way mentioned in section 17; or
                            (b)   in a way agreed between the named person and the person giving the summons; or
                            (c)  in any other way, if the person giving the summons receives, from the named person, a written acknowledgement that the named person has been given the summons.
13  Fees and allowances in relation to compliance with summons
                 (1)   For subsection 67(1) of the Act, this section prescribes fees and allowances payable to a person in relation to compliance with the following summonses:
                     (a)  a summons referred to in section 40A of the Act;
                     (b)  a summons referred to in paragraph 363(3)(a) of the Migration Act 1958;
                     (c)  a summons referred to in paragraph 427(3)(a) of the Migration Act 1958.
             (2)  Fees or allowances are not payable to a person who is a party to the proceeding, unless the Tribunal orders otherwise.
Fees and allowances for appearance
                 (3)  The fee payable to a person who is summoned to appear before the Tribunal to give evidence is:
                            (a)   if the person is remunerated in his or her occupation by wages, salary or fees—the amount of wages, salary or fees that are not paid to the person because the person attends the Tribunal; or
                            (b)   in any other case—a reasonable amount for each day on which the person attends the Tribunal.
             (4)  The allowances payable to a person who is summoned to appear before the Tribunal to give evidence are:
                     (a)  a reasonable amount for travel between the person’s usual place of employment or residence and the place where the person attends the Tribunal; and
                     (b)  if the person is required to be absent overnight from the person’s usual place of residence—a reasonable amount for meals and accommodation.
                 (5)   However, a person is not entitled to an allowance for travel, meals or accommodation if the person is given the equivalent in kind (such as access to pre‑paid travel, meals or accommodation).
Allowances for production of things
             (6)  For a summons referred to in section 40A of the Act, the allowances payable for a person who is summoned to produce something are the person’s reasonable expenses of producing the thing.
Tribunal may determine fees and allowances if amount not agreed
                 (7)   If a person was summoned at the request of a party to the proceeding, the person may apply to the Tribunal for a determination of the amount of fees or allowances payable under subsection (3), (4) or (6) in relation to compliance with the summons, if the person and the payer cannot agree on the amount.
             (8)   A person is not excused from complying with a summons only because the person thinks that an amount paid to the person under this section is not sufficient.
14  Who must pay fees and allowances
General
             (1)  The fees and allowances payable to a person in relation to compliance with a summons under section 40A of the Act must be paid by:
                     (a)  if the person was summoned at the request of a party to the proceeding—that party; or
                     (b)  otherwise—the Commonwealth.
             (2)  The Tribunal may order that the fees and allowances of a person referred in in paragraph (1)(a) be paid, in whole or in part, by the Commonwealth.
Migration and Refugee Division
             (3)  The fees and allowances payable to a person in relation to compliance with a summons referred to in paragraph 363(3)(a) or 427(3)(a) of the Migration Act 1958 must be paid by:
                     (a)  if the applicant notified the Tribunal under subsection 361(2) or 426(2) of the Migration Act 1958 that he or she wants the Tribunal to obtain evidence from the person—the applicant; or
                     (b)  otherwise—the Commonwealth.
15  When fees and allowances are payable
                         A person who is summoned must be paid:
                            (a)   their fees as soon as practicable after the person has attended the Tribunal in accordance with the summons; and
                            (b)   their allowances:
                                       (i)   when the person is given the summons; or
                                      (ii)   within a reasonable time before the day the person is required to attend the Tribunal in accordance with the summons.
Part 5—Giving documents
  
16  Address for documents
             (1)  An applicant for review of a decision must give the Tribunal an address for documents when making the application.
Note:          If the applicant does not do so, any address shown in the application or an address for documents later notified to the Tribunal is taken, under subsection 29(1A) of the Act, to be the applicant’s address for documents.
             (2)  Each other party to the proceeding (unless the proceeding is in the Social Services and Child Support Division) must give the Tribunal an address for documents within 28 days after being given notice of the application.
             (3)  A person who is not a party to the proceeding may give the Tribunal an address for documents.
                  (4)   If a person wishes to change their address for documents, the person must tell the Tribunal about the change.
             (5)  This section does not apply in relation to a decision that is reviewable in the Migration and Refugee Division.
17  Giving documents to a person
             (1)  For subsection 68(2) of the Act, this section prescribes the manner in which a document is to be given to a person for the purposes of a proceeding before the Tribunal.
Note:          This section does not apply to the extent to which the Act or another enactment specifies how a document is to be given to a person for the purposes of a proceeding before the Tribunal (see subsection 68(3) of the Act).
             (2)  A document is to be given to the person:
                     (a)  if the Tribunal has ordered that the document be given in a specified manner—in accordance with the order; or
                     (b)  in accordance with subsections (3) to (7) as applicable.
Giving documents to a person with address for documents
                 (3)   If a person has an address for documents, a document may be given to the person by:
                            (a)   leaving the document in a sealed envelope addressed to the person at that address; or
                     (b)  sending the document by pre‑paid post addressed to the person at that address; or
                            (c)   sending the document to a DX address, fax number, email address or other electronic address included in the person’s address for documents.
Giving documents to individuals
                 (4)   A document may be given to an individual by:
                     (a)  handing the document to the individual; or
                     (b)  putting the document down in the person’s presence and telling the individual the general nature of the document; or
                     (c)  sending the document by pre‑paid post addressed to the individual to the last known address of the place of residence or business of the individual; or
                     (d)  leaving the document in a sealed envelope addressed to the individual at the last known address of the place of residence or business of the individual.
Giving documents to corporations
                 (5)   A document may be given to a corporation:
                     (a)  by leaving the document in a sealed envelope addressed to the corporation at the head office, a registered office or a principal office of the corporation; or
                     (b)  by sending the document by pre‑paid post addressed to the corporation to the head office, a registered office or a principal office of the corporation; or
                            (c)   if the corporation is a company within the meaning of section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001—in any way allowed by section 109X of that Act; or
                     (d)  in any other way that is allowed under:
                              (i)  a law of the Commonwealth or of the State in which the document is to be given; or
                             (ii)  a Norfolk Island enactment if the document is to be given in Norfolk Island.
Giving documents to government agencies
                 (6)   A document may be given to a government agency by:
                     (a)  sending the document by pre‑paid post addressed to the agency; or
                             (b)   leaving the document in a sealed envelope addressed to the agency at an office of the agency.
Giving documents to unincorporated associations
             (7)   A document may be given to a person representing an unincorporated association by:
                     (a)  sending the document by pre‑paid post addressed to the association; or
                             (b)   leaving the document in a sealed envelope addressed to the association:
                              (i)  at the association’s principal place of business or principal office; and
                             (ii)  with a person who is apparently an officer of, or in the service of, the association.
18  Time an electronic communication is taken to be given to a person
                   For the purposes of paragraph 17(3)(c), a document given to a person by means of an electronic communication is taken to have been given on the day the electronic communication was dispatched.
Note:          See section 29 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 for the time at which a document given by post is taken to have been given.
Part 6—Fees
  
19  Scope of operation of this Part
                   This Part does not apply in relation to a decision that is reviewable in the Migration and Refugee Division.
20  Fees
Standard application fee
             (1)  The fee of $861 is prescribed in respect of:
                     (a)  an application for review of a decision (other than an application referred to in subsection (2) or section 22); or
                     (b)  an application under subsection 28(1AC) of the Act; or
                     (c)  an application under subsection 62(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Note:          The fee is indexed under section 27.
Lower application fee for certain taxation decisions
             (2)  The fee of $85 is prescribed in respect of an application for review of a decision:
                     (a)  that is a reviewable objection decision under Part IVC of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and either:
                              (i)  the application states that the amount that the applicant considers to be the amount of tax in dispute is less than $5 000; or
                             (ii)  after the application is made, but before the start of the hearing of the application, the applicant notifies the Tribunal in writing that the amount that the applicant considers to be the amount of tax in dispute is less than $5 000; or
                     (b)  that is a reviewable objection decision under Part IVC of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 which relates to an application made by the applicant under section 340‑5 of Schedule 1 to that Act; or
                     (c)  that is a decision refusing a request for an extension of time within which to make a taxation objection under section 14ZX of the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
Note:          The fee is indexed under section 27.
Fee in concessional circumstances
             (3)  However, the fee of $100 is prescribed instead of the amount referred to in subsection (1) or (2) if:
                     (a)  the amount of the fee prescribed under subsection (1) or (2) is more than $100; and
                     (b)  the circumstances in section 21 exist.
Note:          The fees prescribed under subsections (1) and (2) are indexed under section 27.
21  Concessional circumstances
                   For paragraphs 20(3)(b) and 25(1)(d), the circumstances are the following:
                     (a)  the applicant has been granted legal aid, under a legal aid scheme or service established under Commonwealth or State law or approved by the Attorney‑General, for the matter to which the fee relates;
                     (b)  the applicant is the holder of a concession card within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991;
                     (c)  the applicant is the holder of any other card issued by the Commonwealth that certifies entitlement to Commonwealth health concessions;
                     (d)  the applicant is an inmate of a prison or is otherwise lawfully detained in a public institution;
                     (e)  the applicant is a child under the age of 18 years;
                      (f)  the applicant is in receipt of a youth allowance, or an austudy payment, within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991;
                     (g)  the applicant is in receipt of benefits under the Commonwealth student assistance scheme known as the ABSTUDY Scheme;
                     (h)  the Registrar makes an order that, having regard to the applicant’s income, expenses, liabilities and assets, the Registrar considers that the payment of an amount would cause, or has caused, financial hardship to the applicant.
22  Decisions for which application fee is not payable
                   No fee is prescribed in respect of an application for review of a decision mentioned in the following table.
 
Decisions for which application fee is not payable

Item
Decision

1
A decision under paragraph 21(h) or section 23

2
A decision under each of the following provisions of the Aged Care Act 1997 that has been reconsidered under section 85‑4 or 85‑5 of that Act:
(a) subsection 22‑1(2);
(b) subsection 22‑2(1);
(c) subsection 22‑2(3);
(d) subsection 22‑2(4);
(e) paragraph 22‑5(2)(b);
(f) subsection 22‑5(3);
(g) subsection 23‑4(1)

3
A decision under the family assistance law within the meaning of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (whether the application is for AAT first review or AAT second review of the decision)

4
A decision referred to in section 89 of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 where the application is for AAT first review of the decision

5
A decision under a determination under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903

6
A decision of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation reviewable under section 99 of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973

7
A decision under the Defence Service Homes Act 1918

8
A decision under Part III of the Disability Services Act 1986

9
A decision reviewable under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, being a decision made in relation to a document that relates to a decision specified in items 2 to 20

10
A decision under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (including a decision under the Motor Vehicle Compensation Scheme determined under section 212 of that Act)

11
A decision under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013

12
A decision under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 where the application is for AAT first review of the decision

13
A decision under the Papua New Guinea (Staffing Assistance) Act 1973

14
A decision under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

15
A decision under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992

16
A decision under the social security law within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991 (whether the application is for AAT first review or AAT second review of the decision)

17
A decision under section 33 of the Social Services Act 1980 of Norfolk Island

18
A decision under the Student Assistance Act 1973 other than a decision under Division 6 of Part 4A of that Act (whether the application is for AAT first review or AAT second review of the decision)

19
A decision under the Superannuation Act 1976

20
A decision under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

21
A decision under a legislative instrument under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

23  Multiple applications
             (1)  The Registrar may order that only one prescribed fee is payable in respect of 2 or more applications if:
                     (a)  apart from this subsection, the same prescribed fee would be payable in respect of each of the applications; and
                     (b)  the applications relate to the same applicant; and
                     (c)  in the opinion of the Registrar, the applications may be conveniently heard before the Tribunal at the same time.
             (2)  The Registrar may order that only one prescribed fee is payable in respect of 2 or more applications if:
                     (a)  apart from this subsection, a different prescribed fee would be payable in respect of at least one of the applications; and
                     (b)  the applications relate to the same applicant; and
                     (c)  in the opinion of the Registrar, the applications may be conveniently heard before the Tribunal at the same time.
             (3)  The prescribed fee specified in an order made under subsection (2) must be equal to the highest prescribed fee that would, apart from subsection (2), be payable in respect of any of the applications.
24  Consequence if application not accompanied by prescribed fee
             (1)  If an application is not accompanied by the prescribed fee, the Tribunal is not required to deal with the application unless, and until, the fee is paid.
             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph 69C(1)(b) of the Act, the time by which the fee must be paid is the end of the 6 weeks starting on the day the application is lodged.
Note:          The Tribunal may dismiss the application under that section if the fee is not paid by that time.
25  Consequences if the Tribunal considers that the amount in dispute is not less than $5 000
             (1)  If:
                     (a)  an applicant paid the fee mentioned in subsection 20(2) on the basis that the applicant considers that the amount of tax in dispute is less than $5 000; and
                     (b)  the Tribunal considers that the amount of tax in dispute is not less than $5 000;
then the Tribunal may make an order declaring that the prescribed fee in respect of the application is:
                     (c)  the fee prescribed by subsection 20(1); or
                     (d)  if the circumstances in section 21 exist—the fee prescribed by subsection 20(3).
             (2)  The amount payable by the applicant is reduced by the amount of the fee already paid.
Consequence if fee not paid
             (3)  The Tribunal is not required to deal with the application unless, and until, the fee is paid.
             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph 69C(1)(b) of the Act, the time by which the fee must be paid is the end of the 6 weeks starting on the day the order is made.
Note:          The Tribunal may dismiss the application under that section if the fee is not paid by that time.
26  Refunds
                   If a person paid a fee in the circumstances referred to in an item in the following table, the person is entitled to the refund amount specified in that item.
 
Refund amounts

Item
Fee
Circumstance
Refund amount

1
the person paid a fee referred to in this Part
the fee was not payable
the amount paid

2
the person paid a fee referred to in this Part
the person is not entitled to apply for review by the Tribunal
the amount paid

3
the person paid a fee referred to in this Part
the decision to which the application relates is not subject to review by the Tribunal
the amount paid

4
the person paid a fee referred to in this Part
the person was liable to pay a lower fee
the difference between:
(a) the fee paid; and
(b) the lower fee

5
the person paid fees in respect of more than one application
the Registrar makes an order under section 23 that only one fee is payable
the difference between:
(a) the total amount of the fees paid; and
(b) the fee payable

6
the person paid a fee referred to in subsection 20(1) in respect of an application
the Registrar certifies that a proceeding in respect of the application has terminated in a manner favourable to the applicant
the difference between:
(a) the fee paid; and
(b) $100

7
the person paid a fee referred to in subsection 20(1) in respect of 2 or more applications under section 23
the Registrar certifies that a proceeding in respect of at least one of those applications has terminated in a manner favourable to the applicant
the difference between:
(a) the fee paid; and
(b) $100

8
the person paid a fee referred to in subsection 20(2) of an amount greater than $100 in respect of an application
the Registrar certifies that a proceeding in respect of the application has terminated in a manner favourable to the applicant
the difference between:
(a) the fee paid; and
(b) $100

9
the person paid a fee referred to in subsection 20(2) of an amount greater than $100 in respect of 2 or more applications under section 23
the Registrar certifies that a proceeding in respect of at least one of those applications has terminated in a manner favourable to the applicant
the difference between:
(a) the fee paid; and
(b) $100

27  Biennial increase in fees
             (1)  On 1 July 2016 and each second 1 July following that day (an indexation day), the dollar amounts mentioned in subsections 20(1) and (2) (a fee provision) are each replaced by an amount worked out using the following formula:
             (2)  The indexation factor for an indexation year is the number worked out using the following formula:
where:
base quarter means the March quarter ending 2 years before the reference quarter ends.
index number, for a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number (being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities) published by the Australian Statistician for that quarter.
March quarter means a period of 3 months ending on 31 March.
reference quarter means the March quarter immediately before the indexation day.
             (3)  An indexation factor is to be calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).
             (4)  Amounts worked out under subsection (1) are to be rounded to the nearest whole dollar (rounding 50 cents upwards).
             (5)  An indexation factor that is less than 1 is to be increased to 1.
             (6)  Calculations under subsection (2):
                     (a)  are to be made using only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published index reference period; and
                     (b)  are to be made disregarding index numbers that are published in substitution for previously published index numbers (except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the index reference period).
28  Review by Tribunal—certain fee payment decisions
             (1)  A person may apply to the Tribunal for review of any of the following decisions by the Registrar in respect of a prescribed fee:
                     (a)  a decision not to make an order under paragraph 21(h);
                     (b)  a decision not to order that only one fee is payable under section 23.
             (2)  If the Registrar makes a decision of that kind, a notice must be given to the person liable to pay the fee:
                     (a)  containing the terms of the decision; and
                     (b)  giving written reasons for the decision; and
                     (c)  containing a statement to the effect that, subject to the Act, application may be made to the Tribunal for review of the decision.
             (3)  A notice under subsection (2) must be given within 28 days after the day the decision is made.
             (4)  Failure to include in a notice under subsection (2) a statement of the kind mentioned in paragraph (2)(c) does not affect the validity of the decision.
Part 7—Miscellaneous
  
29  Maximum number of Council members
                         The number prescribed for subparagraph 49(1)(d)(ii) of the Act is 11.
Part 8—Transitional provisions
  
30  Refunds for pre 1 November 2010 applications
                   Regulations 19 and 19AA of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulations 1976 continue to apply for the purposes of working out a refund amount for an application lodged before 1 November 2010, despite the repeal of those regulations by this instrument.
31  Oath or affirmation of office
                   A person taken to hold office as a member of the Tribunal for a term of appointment under item 5 of Schedule 9 to the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 is taken to have complied with section 10B of the Act for the purposes of that term.
32  Changes to Tribunal Divisions
                   For the purposes of the operation of an enactment on or after 1 July 2015, a reference to a decision made or other thing done by or in relation to a Division of the Tribunal referred to in column 2 of the table in item 15BC of Schedule 9 to the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 is taken to include a reference to the Division referred to in column 1 of the table.
Schedule 1—Repeals
  
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulations 1976
1  The whole of the Regulations
Repeal the Regulations.
 
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