AAT Review | Administrative Appeals Tribunal Review

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is an independent body that provides merit reviews of decisions made by Australian Government Ministers, Departments and Agencies under Australian Commonwealth laws.

The AAT can conduct reviews on decision made under hundreds of Acts, however the relevant division for the area of immigration is the Migration and Refugee Division, which reviews decisions made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Each review is presided over by a Member. A Member of the AAT is appointed by the Governor-General, and can come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and are not required to be lawyers.

Generally when a person has their visa refused or cancelled, they have the ability to seek a review from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The AAT reviews the facts, law and policy relating to the decision made by the DIBP, and has the ability to affirm a decision, vary a decision, set aside a decision and substitute a decision or remit a decision back to the Department for reconsideration.