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Statutory review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

Consultation

Closing date

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).  

Submissions for this consultation closed on Friday, 24 August 2018

On 1 July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (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 Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 (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.

Terms of reference

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.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Statutory Review - Terms of Reference

Consultation or review
In July 2018, a review commenced in accordance with section 4 of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 (TA Act). It considered the operation of the amendments made by the TA Act to the Tribunal. The terms of reference sets out what the review shall consider.

Submissions

Submissions received for the Statutory Review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

Submission

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

Final report

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

Report on the Statutory Review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

Consultation or review
On 23 July 2019, the final report of the Statutory Review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 was tabled in Parliament.

Contact details

If you require any of these documents in a different accessible format please contact AATStatutoryReview@ag.gov.au