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Media releases

Below is a list of media releases and announcements by the Attorney-General about the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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

2018

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 29 November 2018
“A number of part-time appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will specifically help the Tribunal manage its large caseload of migration and refugee matters.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 5 November 2018
"I am pleased to announce 13 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 23 July 2018
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of five judges of the Federal Court of Australia who will hold dual appointments as Deputy Presidents of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal."

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 2 July 2018
“Today, I am pleased to announce four reappointments and one new appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 29 March 2018
“Today, I am pleased to announce the reappointments of Mr Ian Molloy as a Deputy President and Mr Nicholas Gaudion as a member to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, each for a period of five years.”

2017

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 30 November 2017
“Today I announce a number of appointments and re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, each for a period of seven years.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 29 September 2017
“Today I announce a number of appointments and re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

New President appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Media Release, 29 June 2017
“The Attorney General George Brandis QC has today announced the appointment of the next President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) - the Honourable Justice David Thomas.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 28 June 2017
"Today I announce the appointment of the Hon Justice David Thomas as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)."

President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 15 May 2017
“The Hon Justice Duncan Kerr's term as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) expires today.”

2016

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 15 December 2016
"Today I announce 17 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal"

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 6 May 2016
“Today I announce 76 reappointments and appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 24 March 2016
“Today I announce 29 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal​
Attorney-General Media Release, 25 February 2016
“Today I announce six judicial appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”

2015

Milestone Amalgamation of Key Commonwealth Merits Review Tribunals
Attorney-General Media Release, 1 July 2015
Today, I attended a ceremonial sitting of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to welcome the most significant reform to Commonwealth administrative law in 40 years; the amalgamation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal Refugee Review Tribunal into a single body, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 14 May 2015
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of the following Presidential Members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... Justices of the Federal Court of Australia, the Honourable Tony Pagone and the Honourable Richard White, and Justices of the Family Court of Australia, the Honourable Janine Stevenson, the Honourable Victoria Bennett, the Honourable Colin Forrest and the Honourable David Berman ... the appointment of Dr Damien J Cremean as a full time Senior Member ... the Government has reappointed the following members ... Mr Egon Fice as a full time Senior Member Mr Rodney Dunne and Ms Chelsea Walsh as part time Senior Members, Brigadier Anthony Warner AM LVO (Rtd) as a part time Member. Brigadier Conrad Ermert (Rtd) has also been appointed as a part time Member."

Parliament passes the Tribunals Amalgamation Bill
Attorney-General Media Release — joint release, 14 May 2015
"Yesterday Parliament passed the Tribunals Amalgamation Bill, a significant reform which will merge the key Commonwealth merits review tribunals into one body."

Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 30 April 2015
"Today I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Ms Elizabeth Anne Shanahan as a part-time Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a period of three years."

New appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 12 March 2015
Today I announce the appointment of Ms Sian Leathem as the Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

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2014

Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Attorney-General Media Release, 11 December 2014
Today I announce the following reappointments and appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... Mr Gary Humphries, Dr James Popple, Associate Professor Peter McDermott, Ms Geri Ettinger, Mr Francis (Frank) O'Loughlin, Dr Gordon Hughes and Dr Ion Alexander.

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."

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