Superannuation (Portability) Act 1989 (review)

This page provides general information and should not be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change.

VCAT can review certain decisions of administrators of statutory superannuation schemes under the Superannuation (Portability) Act 1989.

The Superannuation (Portability) Act 1989 sets out a system for portability of superannuation within the public sector, and is principally concerned with deferred retirement benefits. Section 5 of the Act sets out the ways in which a person may be entitled to a deferred retirement benefit.

Cases we can hear

Any dispute relating to benefit entitlements under the Act must be determined in the first place by the administrators of the relevant statutory superannuation scheme.

If you are a person whose interests are affected by a decision of the administrators, you may be able to apply to VCAT for a review of the administrators’ decision.

A dispute means any dispute:

  • as to the amount of any benefit payable in accordance with the Act
  • where the administrators or a person entitled to a benefit consider that the benefit paid or payable is inappropriate having regard to the governing instrument of the scheme.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

Superannuation (Portability) Act 1989 - section 10.

If you have a decision document, use it to help you complete the VCAT application form and attach a copy of the document to your application.

Time limits

You must make your application within 28 days after the later of the day on which

  • the decision was made, or
  • if you have requested a statement of reasons under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act, the statement of reasons is given to you or you are informed that a statement of reasons will not be given.

You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.

What can VCAT order?

Unless the relevant Act of Parliament gives us different powers, VCAT can:

  • affirm the original decision, in which case the original decision will stand
  • vary the decision
  • set aside the decision and substitute our own decision
  • set aside the decision and remit (send back) the matter for reconsideration by the decision maker giving directions or recommendations
  • invite the decision-maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case.

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