Make an appeal

If you want to appeal to the Social Security Appeal Authority, you must do so within 3 months of the Benefits Review Committee’s decision. 

If you make an appeal after the 3 months has passed, you must state in a letter with your application why your appeal is late and why you think it should be accepted.

What you must send us

To make an appeal, fill in the Notice of Appeal form and send it to us, making sure you include a copy of the committee’s decision:

Notice of appeal [PDF, 310 KB]

Send the form to us.

Postal address:
Social Security Appeal Authority
Tribunals Unit
Private Bag 32001
Featherston Street
Wellington

How much does it cost to appeal?

There’s no fee to make an appeal to the Authority.

Present your case

You can present your own case or have a lawyer, or advocate, present it for you.

Appoint an advocate to represent you

You can appoint an advocate to act for you. They don’t need to be a lawyer ­– any person can be your advocate provided they have your written authority to do so. The Authority will communicate directly with your advocate.

Both you and your advocate need to sign this form:

Authority to act [PDF, 439 KB]

If you hire a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid to help with legal costs.

A lawyer, your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Community Law Centre can tell you more about this.

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