The RRT is an independent body which provides an independent merits review of decisions made by the Department of Immigration in relation to the refusal of an application for a refugee visa or protection visa to enter or stay in Australia.
The review involves a consideration of whether or not the applicant is a person to whom Australia has protection obligations which involves consideration of whether the applicant is a ‘refugee’ under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention). Under the Refugee Convention a refugee as a person who:
… owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it …
You must lodge your appeal within 28 days of being refused your primary visa application by Department of Immigration.