How do I lodge my application?

 Applications for review can be lodged:

If you register as a user and lodge your review application online, you have the convenience of submitting documents or images in relation to your case through the online lodgement system at any time.
Further information about the system is available by clicking the help button located on the homepage of the online lodgement system. Applications for review can be lodged by hand on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.00pm at any registry of the AAT.

Applications can also be sent by post or fax. There is no requirement for an application sent electronically to also be sent by post.
Application forms are available on the web for:
  • Migration review applicants in immigration detention
  • Migration review applicants not in immigration detention
  • Refugee review applicants

When do I lodge my application

There are strict timelines for applying for review in the Migration & Refugee Division. You must lodge your application for review within the time limit referred to in the letter from the Department containing the notice of the decision. If you do not apply within the time limit we will not be able to consider the application for review. The AAT does not have any power to extend the time limit.

How is the time period for lodging an application for review calculated?

Protection (refugee) visa decisions

The time period for lodging an application for review of a protection (refugee) visa decision is 28 days (or 7 working days for applicants in immigration detention).

The Federal Circuit Court decided in DZAFH v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCCA 387 that the first day of the time period for lodging an application for review of a decision under Part 7 of the Migration Act 1958 is the day on which the applicant was notified of the decision.

This means that, in general, the time period for lodging an application for review of a protection (refugee) visa decision includes the day on which you received notice of the decision.

However, if you are in immigration detention and you received notice of the decision on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the first day of the time period for lodging an application for review is the next working day.

Other decisions about visas

The time period for lodging an application for review of a decision under Part 5 of the Migration Act 1958 ends on the prescribed number of days after the day on which notice of the decision was received.