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This topic describes the circumstances in which an ACCS (child wellbeing) determination application is considered a 'deemed refusal'.

Deemed refusal

A 'deemed refusal' is triggered when the Secretary does not make a decision within 28 days from the day the application was made for an ACCS (child wellbeing) determination (1.1.D.78). The 'deemed refusal' is a refusal of the application, that will trigger Centrelink to review the application. The approved provider (1.1.A.90) will be notified of the outcome of the review.

On review Centrelink may approve the application (i.e. overturn the 'deemed refusal') or not approve the application (i.e. the application is still refused). If the applicant disagrees with Centrelink's review decision they can exercise further appeal rights.

Act reference: FAAct section 85CE Determination for ACCS (child wellbeing)

Policy reference: FA Guide ACCS (child wellbeing) - determinations, 6.2 Internal reviews, 6.3 External reviews

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