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Administrative Appeals Tribunal Appointments

Media Release

The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of two Division Heads and 12 new members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a period of three years.

The Government has made the following appointments as Division Heads:

Ms Fiona Meagher – Deputy President and Division Head of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Division.

Ms Karen Synon – Deputy President and Division Head of the Social Services and Child Support Division.

Division Heads play a critical role in assisting the AAT President in the leadership of the AAT. The Social Services and Child Support Division is the second largest division of the AAT, while the workload of the NDIS Division has been growing since the commencement of the NDIS in 2013.

The Government has also made the following new appointments:

One part-time senior member

  • The Hon John Rau SC

Four full-time members

  • Ms Rachel Da Costa
  • Ms Namoi Dougall
  • Mr Justin Gibbs
  • The Hon Jane Prentice

Seven part-time members

  • Professor Stephen Cordner
  • The Hon Philip Dalidakis
  • Ms Genevieve Hamilton
  • Dr Jessica Henderson
  • Ms Angela Julian-Armitage
  • Ms Amanda Paxton
  • Ms Naomi Schmitz

All of these new appointments will commence on 22 February 2021 except Mr Gibbs, who will commence on 22 March 2021 and Professor Cordner, who will commence on 1 July 2021.

All of the appointees are highly qualified to undertake the important task of conducting merits review of government decisions

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate all appointees, and I look forward to the contribution they will make to the Tribunal.