The Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 (Cth) will come into effect on 1 July 2015.
From this date the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) and the Migration Review Tribunal–Refugee Review Tribunal (MRT–RRT) will be merged into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
The President of the enhanced AAT will be Justice Duncan Kerr, the current President of the AAT.
The amalgamation will substantially affect the internal administration of the AAT but there will be no material change to the rights of people who bring applications to the tribunal.
In relation to child support decisions, individuals will now be able to apply to the Federal Circuit Court or the Federal Court of Australia for judicial review of a child support first review under the AAT Act. This will replace the existing system, where the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court and certain state and territory courts up till now had jurisdiction to hear appeals from SSAT child support decisions.
For more information, please contact Margaret Miller, Partner in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution department.