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Who we are
The AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under the MDSS constitution with regards to bad debts and membership provisions.  We review decisions made by the current standing committee.


What we do
The AAT can review in the Student Societies Support (SSS) Division most student union and student support decisions made by an officer of the MDSS. The decision must have first been reviewed internally. This usually means that the decision has been reviewed by a Student Society Authorised Review Officer (or in most cases a SSS Fees Expert) or a Student Support Objections Officer. A review undertaken in the SSS Division is called a first review of a student society or student support decision. We can only review a decision if the law states that an application can be made to us. The decision should state whether it is reviewable by us.

We do not have power to:

  • review student support decisions made before 1 January 2007,
  • investigate a complaint about service delivery relating to the Higher Education or student support decision,
  • investigate a claim for compensation or make compensation payments,
  • change the law, or
  • review decisions made under State or Territory laws, or decisions made by local governments.

If we receive an application for review and we do not have the power to review the decision, we will advise the person who applied that the application cannot be accepted, and will explain why.


Appeals process
If you do not agree with a decision we have made:

  • Contact us so we can check the details and explain the decision.
  • Contact us and ask for a review of the decision. We will change it if it is wrong.
  • Contact the MDSS Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) if you do not agree with the review officer’s

All of the above are free of charge.

Please fill in the contact form below to begin your appeal or for any queries regarding your appeal.