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Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The AAT was established by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975. The Act and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Regulations 1976 set out the AAT’s powers and procedures.

The AAT is constituted by Senior Members and Members. The AAT has over 90 appointed Members.

The AAT will either affirm, vary or set aside a decision that has been before an administrative decision maker.

The AAT is an independent body which provides an independent merits review of decisions made by the Department of Immigration in relation to visa cancellations and character issues. The AAT reviews decisions made in relation to visa cancellations because of a breach of visa conditions or not passing the character test.

You must lodge your appeal within 28 days of being cancelled your visa application by the Department of Immigration.

If you have been refused by the AAT you may lodge an appeal to the Ministerial for Immigration seeking Ministerial Intervention or the Federal Magistrates Court or the Federal Court.