When will I receive the findings?

We will usually make a decision after conducting a hearing.

We will send copies of the findings to you, the Director-General of Security (the Director-General), the Commonwealth agency and the Attorney-General.

We can make directions that the findings, or part of the findings, are not given to you or the agency.


What do the findings mean?

The findings may state the opinion of the Tribunal as to the correctness of, or justification for, any opinion, advice or information contained in the assessment.

Agencies must proceed on the basis of our findings.


What if I do not agree with the findings?

If you have new evidence that was not available at the time of the previous review, and if we are satisfied that an application is justified, we can review our previous findings. The same review procedures apply to a new application.

If you think our findings are wrong you can also appeal to the Federal Court, but only on a question of law. An appeal to the Federal Court must be made within 28 days after receiving our decision.

The Director-General can also appeal to the Federal Court.


Are the findings made public?

Subject to confidentiality restrictions, findings are usually made publicly available on the AustLII website. We can decide not to publish the decision if there is a good reason to do so.

If we have made directions that the whole or part of the findings are not to be given to you, those findings are not made public.