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8.5.4 Right of appeal
188.8.131.52 — Under the VEA there is no right of appeal against recovery of an overpayment. Therefore a veteran cannot appeal the method or amount of recovery of a DVA debt. While under section 57 VEA there is no formal right of review against the decision to recover an overpayment, a pensioner may request to have a review of the original decision which led to the overpayment. Similarly, while there is no formal right of review against an automatic cancellation/reduction, a pensioner may request an officer of the Department to informally examine the facts of the case which lead to the reduction/cancellation. This would not be considered a formal review under section 57 VEA and therefore the decision would not be appealable to the AAT.