Administrative Appeals Tribunal

21 Mar 2018

SCA Connect is pleased to announce that we are now offering an additional service to clients and can assist with lodgements of appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

The AAT conducts independent merit reviews of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws, including decisions made by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) on sponsorships, visas and citizenship applications.

The AAT reviews a decision “on its merits”. This means that the AAT take a fresh look at the facts, law and policy relating to the decision made on an 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.  

Your SCA representative will be able to provide you with further information on the AAT appeal process.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.

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