The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Reviews & appeals through the delegate under the Child Protection Measure

Reviews & appeals through the delegate

Review of decisions is provided for in SS(Admin)Act Part 4, where a review of a decision of an officer under the social security law can occur. A decision by the delegate of the Secretary under SS(Admin)Act Part 3B will be a decision by an officer and therefore reviewable under the social security law.

Decisions that a person may seek review of include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A decision to apply income management under SS(Admin)Act section 123UC, i.e. that the conditions in section 123UC are satisfied in relation to a person, including whether or not a notice was given to the Secretary in relation to child protection matters.
  • A decision to take an action under the SS(Admin)Act, Part 3B Division 6 directed to meeting the priority needs of a person.
  • A decision with respect to income management debt recovery.
  • All decisions affecting social security payments not directly related to income management. For example, decisions about eligibility/rate/participation failures/suspension/cancellation/debt recovery etc. (Decisions affecting family assistance payments are reviewable in accordance with the family assistance law.) Income managed people in all jurisdictions retain ordinary review/appeal rights in this regard.
  • A decision about how residual income managed funds are disbursed under SS(Admin)Act section 123WJ, once a person ceases income management, i.e. either as a lump sum or instalments or in another way.

The decision by the child protection worker to issue the notice is not reviewable under the social security law, although the question of whether or not the notice was actually given is reviewable. The decision by the relevant state or territory child protection authority to give the notice to the Commonwealth may be able to be appealed or reviewed in the relevant state or territory jurisdiction.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act Part 3B Income management regime, Part 3B Division 6 Debits from income management accounts, Part 4 Internal review of decisions, section 123UC Persons subject to the income management regime-child protection, section 123ZJ Value of action taken under Division 6 exceeds credit balance of income management account, section 123WJ Payment of credit balances of income management accounts-person ceases to be subject to the income management regime

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