Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975

PART IV - REVIEWS BY THE TRIBUNAL OF DECISIONS  

Division 5 - Procedural powers of Tribunal  

SECTION 42A   DISCONTINUANCE, DISMISSAL, REINSTATEMENT ETC. OF APPLICATION  

42A(1)   Dismissal if parties consent.  

Where all the parties to an application before the Tribunal for a review of a decision consent, the Tribunal may dismiss the application without proceeding to review the decision or, if the Tribunal has commenced to review the decision, without completing the review.

42A(1AAA)  


For the purposes of subsection (1), the consent of the agency party to a proceeding in the Social Services and Child Support Division is not required.

42A(1A)   Deemed dismissal - applicant discontinues or withdraws application.  

A person who has made an application to the Tribunal for a review of a decision may, in writing lodged with the Tribunal, at any time notify the Tribunal to the effect that the application is discontinued or withdrawn.

42A(1AA)  


If a proceeding is in the Social Services and Child Support Division and is not a child support first review, the person may notify the Tribunal orally of the withdrawal or discontinuance. The person who receives the notification must make a written record of the day of receipt.

42A(1B)  


If notification is given in accordance with subsection (1A) or (1AA), the Tribunal is taken to have dismissed the application without proceeding to review the decision.

42A(2)   Dismissal if party fails to appear.  

If a party to a proceeding before the Tribunal in respect of an application for the review of a decision (not being the person who made the decision) fails either to appear in person or to appear by a representative at a directions hearing, or an alternative dispute resolution process under Division 3 , held in relation to the application, or at the hearing of the proceeding, the Tribunal may -


(a) if the person who failed to appear is the applicant - dismiss the application without proceeding to review the decision; or


(b) in any other case - direct that the person who failed to appear shall cease to be a party to the proceeding.

42A(3)  
(Repealed by No 60 of 2015)

42A(3A)  
(Repealed by No 60 of 2015)

Dismissal if decision is not reviewable

42A(4)  
The Tribunal may dismiss an application without proceeding to review the decision if the Tribunal is satisfied that the decision is not reviewable by the Tribunal.

42A(5)   Dismissal if applicant fails to proceed or fails to comply with Tribunal ' s direction.  

If an applicant for a review of a decision fails within a reasonable time:


(a) to proceed with the application; or


(b) to comply with a direction by the Tribunal in relation to the application;

the Tribunal may dismiss the application without proceeding to review the decision.

42A(6)  
(Repealed by No 60 of 2015)

42A(7)   Dismissal if party fails to appear - giving of appropriate notice.  

Before exercising its powers under subsection (2), the Tribunal must be satisfied that appropriate notice was given to the person who failed to appear at the time and place of the directions hearing, alternative dispute resolution process or hearing, as the case may be.

Reinstatement of application

42A(8)  


If the Tribunal is taken to have dismissed an application under subsection (1B), a party to the proceeding (other than the applicant) may, within the period referred to in subsection (8B), apply to the Tribunal for reinstatement of the application.

42A(8A)  


If the Tribunal dismisses an application under subsection (2) (other than an application in respect of a proceeding in which an order has been made under subsection 41(2) ), a party to the proceeding may, within the period referred to in subsection (8B), apply to the Tribunal for reinstatement of the application.

42A(8B)  


For the purposes of subsections (8) and (8A), the period is:


(a) 28 days after the party receives notification that the application has been dismissed; or


(b) if the party requests an extension - such longer period as the Tribunal, in special circumstances, allows.

42A(9)  
If it considers it appropriate to do so, the Tribunal may reinstate the application and give such directions as appear to it to be appropriate in the circumstances.

42A(10)  
If it appears to the Tribunal that an application has been dismissed in error, the Tribunal may, on the application of a party to the proceeding or on its own initiative, reinstate the application and give such directions as appear to it to be appropriate in the circumstances.




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