The Migration & Refugee Division of the AAT has issued COVID-19 Special
Measures Practice Direction dated 27 April 2020 (“the Direction”) in pursuance of
Section 18B of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (AAT Act) with effect
from 29 April 2020 .
Vide the Direction, changes have been made to the operations and procedures of
AAT’s Migration & Refugee Division including registry and lodgement of documents
with signatures, priorities for cases, pre-hearing process, requests for expedited
decision, preparing for AAT hearing and use of technology.
As per sub-clause 1.3 of the Direction, it “applies to all applications, whether lodged
before or after this date, and remains in effect until it is superseded or revoked.”
Detailed COVID-19 Special Measures Practice Direction can be accessed here. To
see Associated Factsheet released by the AAT, click here.