An easy way to apply for a review is online.

You can also apply in writing by:

Strict time limits apply.

Check our contact details to lodge an application at one of our registries or send the application by post, email or fax.

If applying by email, please check our email guidelines.

We have a video guide which explains more about how to apply for a review.

What information do I need to give?

 There are special rules in some cases.  

Expedited review of decisions under section 501 or 501CA of the Migration Act 1958

Special rules apply if:

  • you are applying for a review of a decision:
    • to refuse or cancel a visa under section 501, or
    • to not revoke the mandatory cancellation of a visa under section 501CA
  • you are the visa applicant or person whose visa has been cancelled, and
  • you are in Australia.

In addition to lodging your application, you must also send us a copy of the decision and one of the two sets of documents you were given when the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) notified you of the decision

If you write a letter or email rather than applying online or by filling in an application form, make sure you also include:

  • your name, postal address, telephone number and email address
  • the date you received the decision
  • brief reasons why you think the decision is wrong.

If you lodge your application online, by email or by fax and you are unable to send the documents electronically, you must send us one of the two sets of documents you were given by the Department by post as soon as possible

Other character related decisions

If you write a letter or email rather than applying online or by filling in an application form, make sure you include:

  • your name, postal address, telephone number and email address
  • a copy of the decision
  • the date you received the decision
  • brief reasons why you think the decision is wrong.

If you cannot send us a copy of the decision, then include:

  • the name of the department that made the decision
  • a brief description of the decision
  • the date the decision was made.