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Information routinely accessed under freedom of information requests

The AAT must publish information about documents to which the AAT routinely gives access in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, except in certain cases. This is a requirement under the Information Publication Scheme.

Currently, the AAT does not routinely give access to any kinds of information that must be published under this requirement.


Disclosure log

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The AAT must also publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be unreasonable
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be unreasonable
  • other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be unreasonable
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The information described in the disclosure log has been released by the AAT under the FOI Act and is available for public access. The disclosure log must be updated within 10 days of information being released under an FOI request.

A link is provided in the disclosure log if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website. Information that is not available on a website may be obtained by writing to the FOI Contact Officer or by sending an email to foi@aat.gov.au.

A charge may be imposed to reimburse the AAT for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. You will be notified if any charge is payable and you will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

Information attached to, or referred to, in the AAT's disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.

AAT Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

This disclosure log contains details of information released under FOI requests that must be published under section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Information is published in this log within 10 days of the release of the information under an FOI request.

FOI reference number Date of access FOI request Information published in the disclosure log Other information
2017/18 05 14/08/2017 Comments for the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal by C.A Thayer and RRT Research Response VNM31954 RRT Research Response VNM31954 Full access provided
2017/18 25 20/10/17 Average and median processing times for reviews of Subclass 187 refusals in the MRD, for the 2016/17 financial year. Average and median processing times for reviews of Subclass 187 refusals. Full access provided
2017/18 38 6/12/2017 IAA Procedural Law Guide, chapters 1.5; 1.7; 1.8; 2; 3.2; 4 Full access provided with the exception of irrelevant information deleted under section 22 of the FOI Act.
2017/18 39 30/11/2017 Statistics on the number of cases lodged against Comcare in the AAT by year, for the last ten years Cases lodged against Comcare in the AAT for the last ten years Full access provided
2017/18 42 22/01/2018 Access to all data, information or statistics for the past 6 months about the total number of NDIS applications which have been made to the AA T, the States in which the applications were lodged, and the proportion of applications that were lodged by a disability advocacy organisation. Applications to the AAT for review of decisions made under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 – 21 June 2017 to 21 December 2017 Full access provided
2017/18 46 6/02/2018 All documents which contain information regarding which powers the Minister for Immigration has delegated to the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) as well as the positions within the IAA and the AAT that have ability to exercise those powers. Instrument of Delegation 2015 Full access provided with the exception of some information which was deleted or redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act.
2017/18 48 15/02/2018 Part 1: Access to AAT procedures in relation to summons submitted by unrepresented and represented litigants;

Part 2: Any documents which would assist in understanding the origins of the policy, the legislation upon which the policy is based, and whether the procedure has been judicially tested.
Full access provided with the exception of irrelevant information deleted or redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act.

No documents were found in relation to part 2 of the request. Access was therefore refused under section 24A of the FOI Act. 
2017/18 55 19/03/2018 A copy of Refugee Review Tribunal, Country Advice – Pakistan, No. PAK40523, dated 25 June 2012 Refugee Review Tribunal, Country Advice – Pakistan, No. PAK40523, dated 25 June 2012 Partial access was provided with personal information redacted under section 47F of the FOI Act.  
2017/18 62 03/04/2018 Request for access to 14 AAT/Migration and Refugee Tribunal decisions to set aside bridging visa cancellations, where the bridging visa was cancelled under s 116(1)(g) of the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act) and r 2.43(1)(p) of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Migration Regulations). 12 AAT/MRT-RRT decisions to set aside bridging visa cancellations, where the bridging visa was cancelled under s 116(1)(g) of the Migration Act 1958 and r 2.43(1)(p) of the Migration Regulations 1994. Partial access was provided with personal information redacted under section 46(b) and 47F of the FOI Act.
 
  2 decision records were refused under section 46(b) of the FOI Act.

Documents available upon request at LPExtFeedback@aat.gov.au  
2017/18 66 04/04/2018 Dates of AAT decisions that overturned bridging visa cancellations made under s116 of the Migration Act 1958 or the Code in the period from 27 April 2014 to 30 August 2016. Tribunal decisions made between 27 April 2014 and 30 August 2016, setting aside (S/A) DIBP decisions to cancel bridging visas Full access provided
2017/18 72 03/05/2018 Access to the document titled '2016-17 appeals allowed.pdf' and/or any document containing the names of members who presided over the matters listed in '2016-17 appeals allowed.pdf' that also explains which member presided over which matter. Partial access was provided with information redacted under section 38 of the FOI Act.
2017-18 88 26 July 2018 Documents relating to the accessibility of the AAT for participants with a disability.
  • General and Other Divisions – New Registry Procedural Manual – Chapter 1: General administration: 1.3 How to assist parties in dealing with the AAT;
  • General and Other Divisions – New Registry Procedural Manual – Chapter 2: Receiving, registering and checking an application: 2.2 Identifying an application for review;
  • General and Other Divisions – New Registry Procedural Manual – Chapter 8: Hearing related procedures – 8.4 The day of the hearing;
  • NDIS Disability Types for TRACS (a tribunal case management system);
  • AAT Guidelines for the Conduct of Hearings in the NDIS Division;
  • AAT Practice Direction – Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Decisions;
  • AAT Accessibility Strategic Statement 2017-2020 enclosing AAT Strategic Plan 2015-2020;
  • AAT Website – ‘Accessibility’;
  • AAT Intranet – ‘Corporate – Accessibility’
  • AAT Service Charter;
  • Migration and Refugee Division: Guidelines on Vulnerable Persons;
  • Pre-hearing checklist for contact with unrepresented parties;
  • NDIS Principles.
  • General and Other Divisions – New Registry Procedural Manual – Chapter 3: Acknowledging receipt, listing T documents and outreach - 3.1 In this chapter; 3.2 Acknowledge receipt;
  • General and Other Divisions – New Registry Procedural Manual – Chapter 11: Managing applications in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Division.
Partial access was provided with some information removed under section 47E(d)
Two documents were refused under section 47C of the FOI Act.

Documents available on request at LPExtFeedback@aat.gov.au
2018/0007 24 July 2018 Statistics on the review outcomes for unauthorized maritime arrivals by country from 2015 to present on 6 July 2018. Refugee UMA caseload outcomes by country of reference, 2015-16 to 2017-18 Full access provided
2018/0054 19 December 2018 Statistics on the number of RSMS/ENS Employer Nomination refusals and RSMS/EMS visa applications for the visa subclasses 187 and 186 that were filed in 40 different Queensland postcodes annually from 2012. Scope of the request was subsequently revised to:
  1. The number of RSMS/ENS Employer Nomination refusals where the applicant is based in Queensland.
  2. The number of RSMS/ENS visa applications for the visa subclasses 187 and 186 respectively, where the applicant is based in Queensland.
RSMS/ENS visa applications for the period 2012-2018 Part 1 refused under section 17(2) of the FOI Act. Part 2 released in full.
2018/0056 20 December 2018 Procedural guidelines and training material for members to use when drafting AAT decisions. Procedural guidelines and training material for members to use when drafting AAT decisions. Documents available upon request  at LPExtFeedback@aat.gov.au
2019/0004 21 February 2019 Statistics relating to Standard Business applications Statistics relating to Standard Business applications  
2019/0017 29 April 2019
  • A copy of statistics in relation to how many decisions under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 have been made by the AAT since 1 July 2011.
  • Statistics relating to the outcomes of those decisions
Outcomes of Comcare reviews - Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 - 2011-12 to 2017-18 and 2018-19 to 31 March 2019
2019/0029 7 May 2019 A request for access to a copy of the guidelines on vulnerable persons issued by the Migration and Refugee Division as in force in April 2017 Migration and Refugee Division - Guidelines on Vulnerable Persons – July 2017.  Documents available on request at LPExtFeedback@aat.gov.au
2019/0036 31 May 2019

A copy of the following:

  • Country Report: PAK34771
  • Country Report CX157167: Pakistan; Punishment/Consequences for Deserting the Pakistan Army, 11 July, 2006
  • Country Report: PAK34771
  • Country Report CX157167: Pakistan; Punishment/Consequences for Deserting the Pakistan Army, 11 July, 2006
Documents available on request at LPExtFeedback@aat.gov.au
2019/55 19/09/19 All legal commentary produced by the Migration and Refugee Division's Legal Services team including: - all chapters of the MRD Procedural Law Guide - all chapters of the IAA Procedural Law Guide; and - all other Legal Commentary addressing substantive migration law issues (other than the Guide to Refugee Law). MRD Procedural Law Guide
Part 1 – Chapters 1-6
Part 2 – Chapters 7-11
Part 3 – Chapters 12-22
Part 4 – Chapters 23-29
Part 5 – Chapters 30-32, 34-36
MRD Commentary
Bridging visas
Business visas
Cancellations
Family visas
Non-MRD
Other (MRD)
Partner visas
Skilled visas
Student visas
Visitor visas
IAA Prodecural Law Guide
IAA Procedural Law Guide
Full access provided.
2016/140 11/07/16 Copies of supporting materials, guidance or directions for Tribunal Members of the MRD, whether published or not, relevant to decisions to dismiss an application under s362B(1A)(b) of the Migration Act 1958, and to reinstate an application dismissed under s362B(1A)(b). Copies of any correspondence made internally or between AAT employees and government or judicial bodies regarding the above. Selections from Legislation Bulletin 02/2015 and Procedural Law Guide
Notification from MRT-RRT Principal Member to Members of the change to  legislation

MRD Fact Sheet - Attending a hearing

MR20 Fact sheet – Information about dismissal of applications
 
2015/1 07/08/15 Audio recordings and documents relating to the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) matters of 1403464 and 1217571 Documents relating to the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) matter of 1403464  
2014/11 29/10/14 Documents relating to 2014/2804 - Re Dank and Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel Documents lodged with the AAT or generated by the AAT for the purposes of the case. Of the 17 documents within the scope of the request, 2 were transferred to another agency, 12 were released in full, and 3 were released with redactions on the basis of s 47F of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
2014/10 2/09/14 Copy of:
  • an email from Mr P Sweeney to the Assistant Treasurer dated 8 March 2014
  • correspondence from the Office of the Assistant Treasurer to Mr Sweeney dated 8 April 2014 responding to a Freedom of Information request
An email from Mr P Sweeney to the Assistant Treasurer dated 8 March 2014 (PDF, 208 KB) Correspondence from the Office of the Assistant Treasurer to Mr Sweeney dated 8 April 2014 responding to a Freedom of Information request (PDF, 1.14 MB)  
2014/09 2/09/14 Copy of a Deed of Variation dated 26 August 1986 relating to a superannuation fund. Deed dated 26 August 1986 relating to the superannuation fund (PDF, 1.9 MB)  
2014/08 30/06/14 Copy of a Deed of Variation dated 20 November 1974 relating to “The Provident Fund”. Deed of Variation dated 20 November 1974 relating to “The Provident Fund” (PDF, 733 KB)  
2014/07 20/08/14 Application for review of a decision lodged with the AAT in 2013/1823 – Re Mineralogy Pty Ltd and Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport Two documents attached to the application for review lodged with the AAT.
  • Notice of Declaration of Security Regulated Port – Port of Cape Preston made under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 dated 31 January 2013
  • Port of Cape Preston Operating Requirements issued under the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) and the Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966 (WA)
 
  19/09/14 Application for review of a decision lodged with the AAT in 2013/1823 – Re Mineralogy Pty Ltd and Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport Application for Review of Decision form lodged with the AAT Attachment to the application for review: email from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport to Mineralogy Pty Ltd  
2014/01 10/02/14 Copy of a consolidated Deed of Variation dated 6 May 1958 relating to “The Provident Fund”. Deed of Variation dated 6 May 1958 relating to "The Provident Fund" (PDF, 3.08 MB)  

Freedom of Information Disclosure Logs of Former Tribunals

On 1 July 2015, the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT), Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) and Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) merged with the AAT.

You can access the FOI Disclosure Log of the former MRT-RRT.

As at 30 June 2015, the FOI Disclosure Log of the former SSAT had no entries published within the preceding 12 months or that were of enduring public value.<