NDIS appeals and the AAT

Participants have a right to appeal decisions made by the NDIA but the process of going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) can seem  complex and mysterious.

In this webinar, we look at the AAT process and what is happening with NDIS appeals.
  • Duration: 1 hr 30min
  • Date recorded: 11 May 2022
  • Includes: Transcription and closed captioning
Price: A$59 includes GST.
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Our panel of experts will discuss:

  • The NDIS appeal process and role of the AAT
  • The AAT climate including data on the recent increase in appeals
  • The experience of appealing an NDIS decision and giving evidence at the AAT 
  • Who can help: The role of the advocate and legal support 

About the presenters

Mary Mallett - CEO of DANA

Mary Mallett is the CEO of Disability Advocacy Network Australia, the national peak body for independent disability advocacy in Australia. DANA supports organisations in every state and territory that work to promote and advocate for the rights of people with disability.
Mary commenced as CEO of DANA in March 2014 and prior to that spent 8 years as manager of Speak Out, an advocacy and self-advocacy organisation in Tasmania. Mary has significant expertise in sharing with other stakeholders the importance of disability advocacy to people with disabilities and has strong networks and relationships within the disability community and sector.

Jane Galvin - Occupational Therapist at ParticipateOT and ‘most impressive witness'  in recent AAT determination

Jane Galvin has been working in private practice since 2017, and has primarily focused on completing functional capacity assessments to support young people achieving funding for SDA housing. This has included working with young people at all levels of SDA eligibility, and providing input to the development of design briefs, assessing built environments to support individual customisation, and completion of assessments for automation and access. More recently, Jane has been working with a number of NDIS participants involved in appealing their SDA determination through AAT.

Naomi Anderson - Principal Solicitor of Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service

Naomi Anderson is the principal solicitor at Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service Inc, a community legal centres working on disability related justice issues, and also providing assistance for NDIS Appeals.  Villamanta have been supporting participants with NDIS Appeals at the AAT since 2016, including both the conference and conciliation process and full hearings.

Anna B. -  Participant experience at AAT 

Going to the AAT is a very daunting task, however that is exactly what Anna did when she did not agree with an NDIA decision. The AAT found in her favour and she is hoping to soon move forward with her life in her new home. Anna is now keen to share her experience and hopes to pave the way so NDIA decisions reflect the needs and preferences of each person.

Jess Harper - CEO of Disability Intermediaries Australia

Jess Harper has a distinguished history of senior leadership roles within both the public and private sectors. Jess is a long time champion of intermediaries (plan management and support coordination) and possesses an impressive track record in strategic enterprise development. Jess has been instrumental in the development and success of Disability Intermediaries Australia, the peak body for support coordination and plan management services in Australia.

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