The Minister has powers that allow him to intervene to replace a decision of a merits review tribunal on a person’s case with a decision that is more favourable to that person when the Minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so. When the Minister intervenes to make a more favourable decision, this usually means he grants a visa. What is and what is not in the public interest is for the Minister to decide. The Minister has provided guidance on the types of unique and exceptional circumstances that could be brought to the Minister’s attention.The Minister is not legally bound to intervene or to consider intervening.
The Migration Act 1958 provides the Minister with non-delegable, non-compellable powers to intervene in individual cases. These are known as the ministerial intervention powers.If Migration Agents and Lawyers require assistance for Ministerial Intervention in a client’s matter, Discuss your Case with us today