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Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws including decisions on sponsorships, visas as well as citizenship applications made by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

The AAT reviews a decision “on the merits”. This means that AAT take a fresh look at the facts, law and policy relating to the decision made on a particular application. The AAT must make the legally correct decision or, where there can be more than one correct decision, the preferable decision.

The AAT has the power to:

  • affirm a decision;

  • vary a decision;

  • set aside a decision and substitute a new decision, or

  • remit a decision to the decision-maker at DOHA for reconsideration.


AAT aim to provide a review process that:

  • is accessible;

  • is fair, just, economical, informal and quick;

  • is proportionate to the importance and complexity of the matter, and

  • promotes public trust and confidence in the decision-making of the Tribunal.


Generally the AAT will impose a time limit to lodge an appeal. It is also important to remember that certain decisions made by DOHA cannot be reviewed by the AAT. If your sponsorship, visa or citizenship application is refused, it is important to seek immediate expert immigration advice and assistance to determine your review rights. 


SCA Connect offers AAT representation to individuals as well as businesses in relation to refused sponsorship, visa and citizenship applications. Our team will work with you to provide you with a fair and honest assessment of your case and formulate a strategic pathway based on your circumstances. 


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