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Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 24 August 2018

On 27 July 2018, the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, announced that the Hon Ian Callinan AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, would undertake a statutory review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) in accordance with section 4 of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 (TA Act).

On 1 July 2015, the AAT was amalgamated with the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal. The amalgamation occurred following the commencement of the TA Act.

Under section 4 of the TA Act, the Attorney-General was required to cause a review of the operations of the amendments made under the TA Act, commencing as soon as practicable three years after the commencement of the TA Act. The review was to also consider any other related matter that the Attorney-General specifies.

Report on the Statutory Review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

The report on the review was tabled before Parliament on 23 July 2019.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference were as follows.

During the course of the review, the timeframe for Mr Callinan to provide the report to the Attorney-General was extended to 31 December 2018. This date is consistent with the timeframe prescribed in section 4 of the TA Act.


The review invited submissions, which were required to be submitted by 24 August 2018.

In inviting submissions, it was stated that submissions and the names of persons or organisations making a submission would be treated as public and may be published on this website, unless the author clearly indicates to the contrary. A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to a submission will be determined in accordance with that Act.​

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