16 Re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

On 18 September 2020, Australian Government announced re-appointments of 16 members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) comprising 1 full-time senior member, 3 full-time members, and 12 part-time members. The AAT is an Executive Tribunal that conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws. The Migration and Refugee Division of the AAT…

In-person hearings to resume at the AAT

After the Migration & Refugee Division of the AAT issued COVID-19 Special Measures Practice Direction dated 27 April 2020 (“the Direction”) with effect from 29 April 2020, the AAT is now working towards resuming limited in-person hearings in the registries at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. The AAT is preparing to schedule in-person…

Ground Reasons for Visa Cancellation

Visa cancellation provisions are contained in Subdivision C to Subdivision H of Part 2 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) [“the Act”]. Accordingly, the Department or the Minister or his delegate may cancel a visa which can be discretionary, mandatory, or by operation of law, depending on the situation. Under certain circumstances, it is possible…