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The new directions are effective from 1 March 2023.
Read more about New Practice Direction and President’s Direction for the Migration and Refugee Division
Our website and online services may be unavailable for short periods on the following dates:
This is due to planned maintenance.
Our website and online services are undergoing planned maintenance this weekend and will be unavailable from 12am (midnight) AEDT until 12pm midday) on Saturday 11th February 2023 AEDT.
The Hon Justice Susan Kenny AM is acting President.
Read more about Arrangements for AAT President
The Australian Government has announced that the AAT will be abolished and replaced with a new federal administrative review body.
Read more about Reform of the federal administrative review system
Our website and online services are undergoing planned maintenance this weekend from 9pm (AEDT) Friday 16 December 2022 to 10am (AEDT) Saturday 17 December 2022.
There will a short outage during this period.
The Honourable Justice Berna Collier is acting President.
Our opening hours will change over the holiday period, but our online lodgement and submission service remains available.
Read more about End of year arrangements
The AAT President has issued a statement outlining her commitment to ensuring the safety of AAT workplaces.
Read more about Message from the President of the AAT
We are seeking feedback on our revised Migration and Refugee Division Practice Direction.
Read more about Consultation on revised Practice Direction
New summons forms have been approved for the purposes of section 40A of the AAT Act.
Read more about New summons forms available now
Our website and online services are undergoing planned maintenance this weekend from 8pm (AEDT) Friday 28 October 2022 to 10am (AEDT) Saturday 29 October 2022.
If you see an error message, please wait a few minutes before refreshing the page and trying again.
The AAT’s 2021–22 annual report is now available.
Read more about Reporting on our performance
The AAT will observe the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen.
Read more about We will be closed on Thursday 22 September 2022
Acknowledging the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Read more about Statement from the AAT
We have published our Corporate Plan 2022–26.
Read more about Corporate Plan 2022–26
Our website and online services will be unavailable from 8:00PM AEST on Friday 2nd September until 10:00AM AEST on Saturday 3rd September 2022
Our website and online services will be unavailable for short periods on the following dates:
Certain application fees in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal have increased from 1 July 2022.
Read more about Increase in certain application fees from 1 July 2022
From 1 July, certain application fees at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will increase.
Read more about Increase in certain application fees from 1 July 2022
The inaugural President of the AAT, the Hon Sir Francis Gerard Brennan AC KBE GBS QC, has died at the age of 94. Sir Gerard served as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and made a lasting contribution to our nation’s legal profession.
Read more about Passing of the Hon Sir Francis Gerard Brennan AC KBE GBS QC
Read our recently launched Reconciliation Action Plan and see the original artwork designed for the AAT by Aboriginal artist De Greer-Yindimincarlie.
Read more about The AAT’s Reconciliation Action Plan
The Federal Court has recently decided that an applicant must provide a statement of reasons for their application for review within the time limit for applying for review.
Read more about Requirement to provide a statement of reasons for applications for review
If you were involved in an AAT case that was finalised between 1 December 2021 and 31 March 2022, you may receive an email or SMS request to complete an anonymous online survey
Read more about AAT user feedback survey 2022
The Attorney-General has announced that Mr Michael Hawkins AM, has been appointed as Registrar of the AAT.
Read more about Appointment of Registrar to the AAT
The Attorney-General has announced the appointment of the Hon Justice Fiona Meagher as President of the AAT.
Read more about Appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Due to the ongoing impacts of the severe weather event in South East Queensland, please consider whether you need to visit us in person this week
Read more about Brisbane Registry reopens with limited counter service
A severe weather event has necessitated closure of the Brisbane Registry
Read more about Closure of Brisbane registry on Tuesday, 1 March
The Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment Act was passed by Parliament and received Royal Assent last week.
Read more about Amendments to the AAT Act
The Hon Justice Berna Collier is acting President until a new President is appointed
Our registries are open to visitors, with ongoing COVID-safe measures in place.
Read more about Visiting an AAT registry during COVID-19
Our Melbourne Registry is open to people who need to access our services in-person
Read more about Our Melbourne Registry has re-opened
A new step-by-step tutorial video has been created to assist representatives with compiling PDF searchable submissions
Read more about Tutorial video – providing submissions and documents in searchable PDF format
From 15 December, our Sydney Registry is open to people who need to access our services in-person.
Read more about Our Sydney Registry has re-opened
Our end of year arrangements
Read more about End of year arrangements 2021-2022
Changes to application lodgement and document submission from 31 January 2022
Read more about Changes to application lodgement and document submission from 31 January 2022
New Online Application Form for Migration and Refugee Division Reviews
Read more about New Online Application Form for Migration and Refugee Division Reviews
Our Canberra Registry is now open to visitors and AAT service users.
Read more about Our Canberra Registry has re-opened
Until further notice, in-person hearings in our Melbourne and Sydney registries will only proceed when all parties, representatives and other participants are willing to show evidence that they have been fully vaccinated.
Read more about In-person hearings in our Melbourne and Sydney registries
Our Hobart Registry has reopened following the Southern Tasmanian lockdown. However, all visitors will be required to wear a face mask until Friday 22 October under the public health orders.
Read more about Visiting our Hobart Registry
We have published our Corporate Plan 2021–22.
Read more about AAT Corporate Plan 2021–22
We consider a range of factors in reviewing protection cases and family/partner visa decisions.
Read more about Review of decisions for citizens of Afghanistan
The Attorney-General has announced the reappointment of 4 members
Read more about Four members reappointed to the AAT
Our Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney registries are closed to visitors until further notice.
Read more about Visiting the AAT during COVID-19
Our Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney registries are closed to visitors until further notice
Our Brisbane and Sydney registries are closed to visitors until further notice
Our Sydney registry is closed to visitors until further notice.
Our Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide registries are closed to visitors until further notice.
Our Sydney and Melbourne registries are closed to visitors until further notice
We have translated some of our fact sheets into selected languages
Read more about Translation of fact sheets
Application fees in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal have increased from 1 July 2021.
Read more about Changes to our application fees on 1 July 2021
From 1 July, new applications forms for the Migration and Refugee Division are available.
Read more about New migration and refugee application forms
AAT Brisbane, Sydney and Perth offices are closed until further notice.
Application fees in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will increase on 1 July 2021.
We are contacting impacted people following the announcement of additional COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.
Read more about AAT Sydney office closed until 12 July 2021
The health of our community is our priority
Read more about Upcoming changes to our application fees on 1 July 2021
We have completed a transition to our new online services portal as of 17 June 2021.
Read more about Upgrade of online services
We have engaged ORIMA Research to undertake a feedback survey.
Read more about New survey to help improve services
Expressions of interest can be submitted online on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
Read more about Expressions of interest in appointment as a member of the AAT
The AAT Registrar recently outlined, before a Senate committee, the remuneration arrangements we have in place for part-time members.
Read more about Statement about part-time member pay
If you are an Australian lawyer representing an applicant in a current case in the Migration & Refugee Division and you cease to be a registered migration agent on or after 22 March 2021, please let us know this so we can update our records.
Read more about Changes to the rules about lawyers giving immigration assistance in AAT cases
We have updated the special measures practice directions made last year to facilitate operations while COVID-19 impacts our services.
Read more about Revised COVID-19 special measures practice directions
The health of the wider community is our priority – updated 31 January 2021
Read more about Visiting AAT Perth and other offices during Covid-19