AAT in the news

This page lists media releases and announcements by the Attorney-General about the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

A complete list of media releases, announcements and speeches by the Attorney-General is available from the Attorney-General's website.

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2014

Streamlined arrangements for external merits review
Attorney-General Media Release, 13 May 2014
"The Abbott Government announced today its intention to streamline and simplify Australia’s external merits review system."

 

2013

Senior Member appointed to Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 79 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 5 August 2013
"Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced the appointment of Dr Nicholas Manetta as a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Improved access to justice for DisabilityCare (PDF, 93 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 5 August 2013
"Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today appointed four new members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to hear National Disability Insurance Scheme matters.
...The new members have been appointed in each of the DisabilityCare Australia launch states: Professor Ronald McCallum AO in NSW Ms Lynne Coulson Barr in Victoria Ms Sandra Taglieri in Tasmania, and Mr Ian Thompson in South Australia."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 104 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 15 April 2013
"Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced four appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... Ms Katherine Bean and Mr Ian Molloy have been appointed as Deputy Presidents. Mr Ronald Bartsch has been appointed as a Member with aviation expertise, and Mr Nicholas Gaudion has been appointed as a Member with accounting expertise."

2012

Review of Attorney-General portfolio agencies (PDF, 173 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 8 June 2012
"Attorney-General Nicola Roxon today welcomed the release of the Report of the Strategic Review of Small and Medium Agencies in the Attorney-General's portfolio (Skehill Review)."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 19 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 19 April 2012
"Attorney-General Nicola Roxon today announced seven new part-time appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Ms Fiona Alpins, Professor Robert Deutsch and Mr Stephen Frost have been appointed as deputy presidents with taxation expertise.
Ms Gina Lazanas has been appointed as a senior member with taxation expertise.
Doctors Michael Couch, William Isles and Marian Sullivan have been appointed as members with medical expertise."

Appointment of President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court Judge (PDF, 146 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 12 April 2012
"It is with great pleasure that I announce the proposed appointments of Dr John Griffiths SC as a judge of the Federal Court and the Hon Duncan Kerr SC Chev LH as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. As President, Mr Kerr will also be appointed as a judge of the Federal Court."

Legal rights for Norfolk Islanders brought into line with mainland (PDF, 25 KB)
Attorney-General Joint Media Release, 1 March 2012
"Attorney General Nicola Roxon said that from today, residents of Norfolk Island will be able to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for merits review of a range of decisions of the Norfolk Island Administration."

2011

Retirement of Justice Downes and appointment of a new President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 257 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 1 November 2011
"Attorney-General Robert McClelland today paid tribute to retiring President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Hon Justice Garry Downes AM."

2010

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 28 October 2010
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced the appointment of three Deputy Presidents to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Mr James Constance, will commence as a new full time Deputy President of the Tribunal in Victoria ... . The Honourable Robert Nicholson AO and Mr Julian Block have been reappointed to continue as part time Deputy Presidents in Western Australia and New South Wales respectively."

Appointment of Administrative Appeals Tribunal Registrar (PDF, 57 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 14 July 2010
"Attorney General, Robert McClelland, today announced Mr Philip Kellow as the Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 79 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 21 May 2010
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced twelve appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
New appointees to the Tribunal are Mrs Chelsea Walsh as a part-time senior member and Dr Roslyn Blakley and Ms Kathryn Hogan as part-time members.
Mr Stanley Hotop, Mr Graham Friedman, Mr Steven Penglis, Mr Andre Sweidan, Mr Rodney Dunne, Brigadier Conrad Ermert (Retd), Dr Roderick McRae and Brigadier Anthony (Gerry) Warner (Retd) have been reappointed to their present positions.
Mr Egon Fice has been appointed as a senior member having previously been a member of the Tribunal."

2009

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 23 October 2009
"Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced fifteen part-time appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
New appointees to the AAT include Ms Katherine Bean, Mr Stephen Frost, Mr Dean Letcher QC and Ms Jan Redfern as Senior Members and Dr Tony Austin, Dr Jan Chaney, Dr Amanda Frazer, Dr Hadia Haikal-Mukhtar, Mr Mark Hyman and Mr Ian Laughlin as Members.
Ms Geri Ettinger, Dr Ion Alexander, Dr Michael Miller AO, Professor Tania Sourdin and Dr Maxwell Thorpe have also been reappointed in their present positions."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 70 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 8 September 2009
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced seven part-time appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). ...
New appointees to the AAT include Mr Francis O'Loughlin and Mr Graham Kenny as Senior Members, and Mr Peter Wulf as a Member.
Associate Professor Peter McDermott, Dr Gordon Hughes, Dr Graham Maynard and Ms Anne Shanahan have also been reappointed in their present positions."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 6 August 2009
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced two full-time appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
'It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Anne Britton and the re‑appointment of Regina Perton to the Tribunal,' Mr McClelland said."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 68 KB)
Attorney-General Media Release, 25 June 2009
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced seven appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
'It is with great pleasure that I appoint Professor Robin Creyke, Robin Handley and Jill Toohey as new AAT members,' Mr McClelland said."

Justice Robert Buchanan appointed Acting President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 1 April 2009
"Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced the appointment of Justice Robert Buchanan as a Presidential Member and Acting President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 86 KB)
Attorney-General News Release, 13 February 2009
"Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the appointment of Justice Brian Tamberlin as a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

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2008

Registrar re-appointed to AAT (PDF, 116 KB)
Attorney-General News Release, 24 June 2008
"Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced the re-appointment of Mr Douglas Humphreys as the Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointment of Justice Garry Downes AM as a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island
Attorney-General News Release, 18 April 2008
"Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced the appointment of Justice Garry Downes AM as a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island."

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2007

Appointment to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 27 September 2007
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of Mr Steve Karas AO as a part-time senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 12 September 2007
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced two new appointments and two re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Mr Ruddock welcomed the Hon Dr Bruce McPherson CBE and the Hon Mr Robert Nicholson AO as part-time Deputy Presidents to the Tribunal. "

Deputy President Reappointed to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 22 June 2007
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the reappointment of the Honourable Christopher Reginald Wright QC as a part-time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

AAT Deputy President Reappointed
Attorney-General Media Release, 29 May 2007
"Howard William Olney QC has been reappointed as a part-time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today."

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2006

Appointments and reappointments further strengthen Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 21 September 2006
"Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced the appointment and reappointment of seven members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointments strengthen Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 25 August 2006
"The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, has announced eight new appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and renewed the appointments of four existing members."

Appointments strengthen Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 21 June 2006
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of four new part-time members and the re-appointment of four current members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

New premises for Administrative Appeals Tribunal in WA
Attorney-General Media Release 9 June 2006
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today officially opened the new premises for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) registry in Perth."

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2005

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania
Attorney-General Media Release 15 December 2005
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of Mr Philip Edward Hack SC as a full-time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Queensland."

Attorney welcomes Administrative Appeals Tribunal re-appointments
Attorney-General Media Release 15 September 2005
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the re-appointment of the Hon Rodney Purvis AM QC and Mr Julian Block as part-time Deputy Presidents of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and of Brigadier Ian Way as a part-time Member of the Tribunal."

Appointment of part-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 18 August 2005
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of Mr Andre Sweidan as a part-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, based in Perth."

Appointments to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 15 June 2005
"The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced eight appointments and one re-appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

New era for administrative review
Attorney-General Media Release 16 May 2005
"Today marks the commencement of significant reforms to the practice and procedure of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has announced."

Positive reforms to the AAT a victory for 'commonsense'
Attorney-General Media Release 18 March 2005
"The operation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal is set to become more efficient and effective after the Opposition succumbed and allowed commonsense reforms to pass the Senate, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today."

Reforms ensure a more flexible and efficient AAT
Attorney-General Media Release 14 March 2005
"A package of reforms to make the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) more efficient, more flexible and more responsive to the ever-changing environment in which it operates is set to be debated in the Senate tonight."

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2004

A more efficient Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 11 August 2004
"The Administrative Appeals Tribunal will be able to offer a more efficient review mechanism by better managing its workload under proposed amendments introduced to Parliament today by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 22 July 2004
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced five appointments and two re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

Release of AAT Amendment Bill 2004 for public comment
Attorney-General Media Release 8 June 2004
"Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the release of an exposure draft of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Amendment Bill 2004."

Appointments to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 27 May 2004
"The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced 31 appointments and re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

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2003

Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 6 November 2003
"Associate Professor Bernard McCabe has been appointed as a full-time senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)..."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 3 October 2003
"I am pleased to announce the reappointment of 17 part-time members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 31 July 2003
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Miss Mary Imlach as a part-time senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Tasmania."

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Registrar
Attorney-General Media Release 31 July 2003
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Doug Humphreys as Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

ASIO Bill a win for national security
Attorney-General Media Release 17 June 2003
"A 'prescribed authority' will be either a person who has previously been a judge of the High Court, Federal Court, Family Court, Supreme or District Court of a State or Territory. If there are insufficient people in this category, the Attorney-General may appoint a serving judge of a State or Territory Supreme or District Court or the President or a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 13 June 2003
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Egon Fice as a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

New appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 17 April 2003
"I am pleased to announce the appointments of a new Deputy President and two part-time members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Mr Deane Graham Jarvis has been appointed as a Deputy President of the AAT. "

Improving the federal merits review tribunal system
Attorney-General Media Release 6 February 2003
"In the interim, we will undertake sensible reform of the existing tribunals on an individual basis. As a starting point, I propose to reform the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

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2002

New member for Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 17 October 2002
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Erik Eriksen as a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in South Australia."

Appointments to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 9 August 2002
"I am pleased to announce three new appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) in Queensland and Western Australia.
Mr Donald Muller has been appointed as a full-time Deputy President of the AAT in Queensland until 30 June 2004. "

New appointments to the Federal Court of Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 27 March 2002
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Garry Keith Downes AM QC as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and as acting President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

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2001

New counter-terrorism measures
Attorney-General Media Release 2 October 2001
"Under legislative reforms agreed by Cabinet, the Director-General of Security will be able to seek a warrant from a federal magistrate, or a legal member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, that would require a person to appear before a prescribed authority (such as a federal magistrate or a legal member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal), to provide information..."

New Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 17 September 2001
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Philip Lindsay as a full-time senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Mr Keith Beddoe as a part-time senior member and Mr Ian Way as a part-time member."

New Appointment to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 1 June 2001
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of 53 members of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), comprising 15 new members and 38 reappointed members. Most of the appointments will commence from 1 July, for terms of between one and three years."

Government to continue with ART proposal
Attorney-General Media Release 22 March 2001
"The Government will continue with its plan to reform the merits review system and establish the Administrative Review Tribunal."

Labor and Democrats undermine Tribunal reform
Attorney-General Media Release 27 February 2001
"Labor and the Democrats last night blocked the passage of the Administrative Review Tribunal Bill 2000 through the Senate."

Government welcomes Senate Committee Report
Attorney-General Media Release 14 February 2001
"The Government welcomes today's report of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee into the Bills establishing the new Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) which I introduced to Parliament last year."

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2000

Biggest consequentials bill to establish new merits tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 12 October 2000
"Today I introduced the Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2000 into the Parliament."

Administrative Review Tribunal Bill introduced
Attorney-General Media Release 28 June 2000
"I am pleased to announce today the introduction of legislation to establish the Administrative Review Tribunal. This is the most significant reform of the Federal merits review system in the past 25 years."

Establishment of the Administrative Review Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release 9 May 2000
"I am pleased to announce that the Government will provide $17.6 million, including a capital injection of up to $15 million, to establish the Administrative Review Tribunal which will provide a more efficient and accessible system for merits review."

New Administrative Appeals Tribunal appointment
Attorney-General Media Release 3 February 2000
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Michael Sassella as a full-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

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1999

Stronger law enforcement arrangements
Attorney-General Media Release 22 October 1999
"The amendments also allow nominated members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to continue to issue interception warrants."

ALRC Discussion Paper Review of the federal civil justice system
Attorney-General Media Release 19 October 1999
"I was particularly pleased that the ALRC undertook a major empirical study of cases in the Federal Court, Family Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Government strengthens law enforcement
Attorney-General Media Release 3 September 1999
"The Review recommends the continuation of the provisions allowing interception warrants to be issued by nominated members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Telecommunications interception review
Attorney-General Media Release 25 August 1999
"The Telecommunications Interception Policy Review recommends that the practice for issuing warrants by members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal continue."

Australian Law Reform Commission discussion paper
Attorney-General Media Release 19 August 1999
"I welcome the release today by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) of its discussion paper on the federal civil justice system."

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1998

Attorney-General's Department committed to providing quality services
Attorney-General Media Release 7 July 1998
"A number of agencies within my portfolio have also released charters as part of the service wide initiative. These include, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Australian Federal Police, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, the Family Court of Australia, the Australian Law Reform Commission and AUSTRAC."

Reform of merits review tribunals
Attorney-General Media Release 3 February 1998
"The Government will proceed with the amalgamation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT), the Immigration Review Tribunal (IRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) into a new single tribunal, to be called the Administrative Review Tribunal (ART)."

More info: Amalgamation of tribunals

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1997

Merits review tribunals to stay independent
Attorney-General Media Release 13 July 1997
"Cabinet has reaffirmed its decision to streamline the present merits review system through amalgamation of a number of existing tribunals into an independent Administrative Review Tribunal."

Stronger anti-corruption arrangements
Attorney-General Media Release 14 May 1997
"In order to ensure that this critical function continues to be performed by persons with the necessary independence and experience, the legislation will allow a properly qualified panel of members from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to issue such warrants."

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1996

Legislative amendments
Attorney-General Media Release 13 December 1996
"A Small Taxation Claims Tribunal is being established within the the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This will provide taxpayers with a cheaper and more informal means of resolving tax disputes involving less than $5000."

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