Applying to the Administrative Review Tribunal
The Administrative Review Tribunal (Tribunal) is the independent administrative review body that will replace the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The Tribunal will be user-focused, efficient, accessible, independent and fair.
Recruitment processes will be run in line with the current AAT Appointment Guidelines (guidelines).
This page provides additional information and tips about applying for positions in the Tribunal as they are advertised.
There are no open applications at this time.
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 were advertised on 17 November and closed on 11 December 2023.
Using our online application system
Candidates will need a login to submit their application through our online system.
If you don't have a login, click apply and follow the steps to create an account.
Things to keep in mind:
- use a current personal email, as we will use this email address to contact candidates about their applications
- note some work email addresses may not receive notifications from the recruitment system
- check spam and junk inboxes for any expected communication.
Who we are looking for
As a user-focused body, the Tribunal will require membership that reflects the diversity of the community it serves, with individuals who understand the challenges faced by a range of applicants and the required services to support them through the administrative review process.
To attract the widest range of candidates, positions in the Tribunal will be publicly advertised on the department’s website and in the national press, and details of the opportunity will be distributed to key stakeholders. Appropriately qualified individuals selected for these roles will have the opportunity to make an important contribution to the most significant reform of the federal system of administrative review in decades.
We encourage applications from all Australians including:
- people with disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- LGBTIQA+ people
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The application form provides candidates with an opportunity to identify any adjustments they might require to allow them to participate equally in this recruitment process.
Our assessment process
The assessment process for appointment to the Tribunal is being run in line with the current guidelines. These guidelines set out a transparent and merit‑based process for the appointment of members to the AAT and the Tribunal.
The assessment process includes the following:
- written application
- reference checks
- government consideration of suitable candidates to identify those to recommend for appointment.
Candidates written applications must include:
- a current curriculum vitae (CV) in the using the identified template within each candidate information pack
- details for 2 referees
- a statement of claims.
Curriculum vitae (CV)
- use the template provided
- list employment experience starting with the candidate’s most recent employment, including any relevant volunteer positions
- include the candidate’s qualifications and education
- be no more than 2 pages long
- include the candidate’s latest employment
- be saved in Word format.
An example of a completed CV using the template will be available in each candidate information pack as positions are advertised.
Statement of claims
The statement of claims is the candidate’s opportunity to show the assessment panel that they possess the specific knowledge, skills and other attributes, as identified in the selection criteria, to a sufficient degree to warrant being shortlisted for interview.
Strong applications will:
- demonstrate relevant skills and experience in relation to all of the selection criteria and provide practical examples to support their claims
- respond specifically to the selection criteria instead of relying solely on the candidate's CV
- explain the relevance of the candidate’s experience in a way that demonstrates a clear appreciation of the role (including, if relevant, how this role differs from previous roles)
- demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a wide range of applicants, including self-represented applicants and applicants requiring additional support to participate
- assist the panel by stating the primary knowledge, skills and/or attributes the examples are demonstrating, and how the candidate would apply them in the Tribunal context.
Assessment panels will shortlist candidates based on their applications. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
Interviews will generally be conducted via video conference. A browser-based interface will be available and candidates should not need to install any specific applications in order to attend the interview.
The interview will be a structured panel interview. The assessment panel will have a number of fixed questions to further assess suitability of candidates. The assessment panel may also have particular questions to ask based on a candidate’s responses to the selection criteria or CV.
Reference checks will occur during or shortly after the interview stage.
Candidates who progress to the interview stage are asked to speak with their nominated referees before the interview date.
It is not appropriate to list referees who are currently subordinate to the candidate, or whose only work history with the candidate was in a subordinate role.
In line with the guidelines, for existing members of the AAT applying to the Tribunal, an additional referee report will be sought from the President, a Division Head or another member of appropriate seniority in the AAT with knowledge of the member's work.
Appointment process and merit pools
When the process is over, candidates will be advised of the outcome via email.
In line with the guidelines, the assessment panel will provide the Attorney-General with a list of all suitable candidates for consideration. The Attorney-General will consider the outcomes of the assessment process and any other relevant information, such as location of vacancies and areas of expertise required, to identify candidates to recommend for appointment.
The Australian Government will then consider the candidates that the Attorney-General recommends for appointment, in line with the requirements set out in the Cabinet Handbook, before a final recommendation is made to the Governor-General.
Candidates who are found suitable by the assessment panels but are not initially recommended for appointment will be placed on a merit pool and may be considered for later vacancies.
Assessment panels will not provide individualised feedback to candidates who are not recommended or appointed during this process.
We will generally use email for all advice and communication with candidates.
For questions or to request assistance during the recruitment process, email the Appointments Team at email@example.com.
For assistance making or receiving calls, contact the NRS Helpdesk:
- Phone: 1800 555 660
- Fax: 1800 555 690
- SMS 0416 001 350
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online: NRS Helpdesk enquires online form
The NRS Helpdesk operates from 8 am to 6 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time.
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