Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) - Merits Review
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions under Commonwealth laws.
- A decision to refuse or cancel your visa may be reviewed by the AAT.
- Decisions are reviewed “on the merits”, which means that the Tribunal will take a fresh look at the application, relevant law and policy and will make their own decision.
- The AAT have the power to affirm a decision, vary a decision, set aside and substitute a new decision or remit a decision to the decision-maker for reconsideration.
- Decisions that may be reviewed by the ATT include refusal or cancelation of visas where prescribed circumstances apply. Not all decisions are reviewable by the ATT, for example a decision to which the Minister has issued a conclusive certificate.