Applicants and other parties who are not satisfied with an SSAT decision regarding their child support review can appeal to a court but only on a question of law. There are time limits for instituting appeals. The court which most frequently deals with such appeals is the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The Family Court and certain State and Territory courts may also deal with such appeals.
If an appeal is lodged with a court by any party (including the CSA), against a decision of the SSAT in a child support matter, the SSAT is obliged by law [section 110K Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988] to send to the Court all documents which were before the SSAT in relation to the proceedings and which are relevant to the appeal.
There are two exceptions to this further appeal process:
An application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal must be made within 28 days of receiving notice of the SSAT decision.