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Appointments to the Administrative Review Tribunal

The Australian Government has introduced legislation that would abolish the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and establish a new federal administrative review body, to be named the Administrative Review Tribunal (Tribunal).  

The government has also released AAT Appointment Guidelines (guidelines), which set out a transparent and merit-based process for the appointment (including reappointment) of members to the AAT and the Tribunal, once established.

This page provides information on appointment opportunities for the new Tribunal and recent recruitment processes for the AAT. This page will be updated periodically as opportunities are advertised.

Members of the ART

Applications for Member level positions in the Tribunal were advertised on 29 September and closed on 23 October 2023.

Applications for non-judicial Deputy President and Senior Member level positions in the Tribunal were advertised on 17 November and closed on 11 December 2023.

Further information will be provided to applicants in due course.

Appointments will be for a term of up to 5 years and the process will follow the current guidelines.

President of the AAT

On 9 June 2023, the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou AO commenced as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Justice Kyrou will lead the AAT through the period of reform and will become the inaugural President of the Tribunal, once established, for the remainder of his term.

Additional AAT members to address the backlog

On 15 September and 4 October 2023, the government appointed 93 additional members to the AAT.

These appointments arise from the government’s commitment to provide $63.4 million over 2 years to appoint additional members to the AAT to address the existing backlog of cases.

On 14 December 2023, the government appointed a further 22 members for a term of 2 years. This includes the appointment of 10 new members to boost the capacity of the AAT to deal with its significant protection visa and other migration-related caseloads.

These appointments have been made through a transparent and merit-based selection process conducted in accordance with the current guidelines.