The Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2015 was passed by the Parliament on 13 May 2015. The Bill will amalgamate the Migration Review Tribunal-Refugee Review Tribunal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal to create a new, amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Following royal assent, the amalgamation will commence on 1 July 2015.
The Bill provides that the work of the MRT-RRT will be dealt with by a specialist Division within the new AAT.
The Bill largely preserves current review processes in each tribunal. Applicants for review, their representatives and other stakeholders are unlikely to experience any change in the services currently delivered by the MRT-RRT. People who have applied to the MRT-RRT for review and have not received a decision before 1 July 2015 will not need to submit a new application. All undecided reviews will be automatically transferred to and decided by the new AAT.
Current MRT-RRT contact details will remain valid from 1 July until further notice. Information about new AAT contact details will be provided on the AAT website (www.aat.gov.au) from 1 July.
Further information on these changes is available on the Administrative Law page of the Attorney-General''s Department’s website (www.ag.gov.au).