This page provides information about the access arrangements we have in place to give people information about some AAT cases without making a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

Access to written material in AAT cases in the Migration & Refugee Division

If you have an active case in the Migration & Refugee Division, you or your assistant might be able to access written material given or produced to the AAT under section 362A of the Migration Act 1958.

Access to information and documents in AAT cases in certain other Divisions

The following information applies to cases dealt with in the AAT’s General Division, Freedom of Information Division, National Disability Insurance Scheme Division, Taxation & Commercial Division or Veterans’ Appeals Division. We can give parties and non-parties certain information and documents relating to cases in these Divisions as described below.

Access to information about AAT cases

Parties, their representatives and members of the public can use eCase Search, our online case search tool, to access publicly available information about applications lodged with the AAT on or after 18 March 2013. Information about a case is usually first made available seven days after the application has been lodged.

The available information includes:

  • the names of the parties and any representatives
  • the type of application
  • dates of conferences, hearings or other case events
  • the types of key documents lodged by the parties, and
  • the outcome of an application.

No information is available on eCase Search about applications that are subject to confidentiality restrictions.

A list of the cases that have a conference, hearing or other event is published daily on the AAT website and in some major newspapers.

What do I do if I can't find information about a case on eCase Search or the application was lodged before 18 March 2013?

If you are a party or the representative of a party seeking information about your case, contact the registry dealing with your application.

If you are a media representative or other person who is not a party or representative in relation to a case, you can request information about a case by contacting the AAT’s Principal Registry at enquiries@aat.gov.au. Subject to any confidentiality restrictions, we will usually release information about a case of the kind referred to above.

Access to documents in AAT cases

Access by parties and their representatives

In general, parties to an application and their representatives can review any document on the case file. Access to a document will not be permitted if:

  • it is subject to a confidentiality restriction
  • it has been produced in response to a summons and the AAT has not given the party leave to inspect that document.

Copies may be made of any document that a party or representative is permitted to inspect (other than transcript). We usually charges a fee for each page that is copied.

If you want to access any documents in your case, contact the registry dealing with the application.

Access by non-parties, including media representatives

How do I access a document as a non-party?

After a public hearing has been held and subject to any confidentiality restrictions, we will usually allow a non-party to access:

  • the evidence
  • if we have it, any transcript of the hearing.

We will usually allow a non-party to access any interlocutory order or any decision or order that finalises an application, whether or not a public hearing has been held subject to any confidentiality restrictions.

If you want to access a document in a review, you must submit a Request by Non-Party for Access to Tribunal Documents form.

Please note that we might:

  • refer your request to the parties in the review and seek their views
  • hold a hearing before making a decision on your request.

If your request is approved, you will be contacted to make an appointment to inspect the documents.

Subject to any order to the contrary, copies may be made of any document that you are permitted to inspect (other than transcript). We usually charge a fee for each page that is copied.