The Migration and Refugee Division (MR Division) procedures are designed to provide a review process which is fair, just, economical, informal and quick. This is to ensure that an applicant can fully put his or her case to us. We are committed to ensuring that outcomes do not depend on whether applicants have obtained professional advice or assistance.

More than 30% of MR Division cases involve applicants who are not represented. We have developed procedures and practices, and make information available, that is aimed at assisting applicants who proceed without representation.
The President may, in writing, give directions under section 18B of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 as to our operations and the conduct of reviews. In particular, the directions may relate to the application of efficient processing practices to the conduct of reviews by the MR Division.

Other directions and guidelines that also apply to the MR Division are available under Practice directions, guides and guidelines

Following is information on legislation, policies, directions and guidelines that govern the MR Division specifically.


Our jurisdiction, powers and procedures are set out in the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)and the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)

Policies, directions, procedures and guidelines

Name Download
Guideline on Vulnerable Persons PDF RTF
Guidelines for Interpreters PDF RTF
Guidelines on Assessment of Credibility PDF RTF
Guidelines on Costs Arising from Applications for Review PDF RTF
Guidelines on Gender PDF RTF
Guidelines on Reduction of Application Fees PDF RTF
Practice Direction - Migration and Refugee Matters PDF RTF
President's Direction - Conducting Migration and Refugee Reviews PDF RTF
President's Direction - Prioritising Cases in the Migration and Refugee Division PDF RTF