The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is an independent merits review body that can reconsider governments’ decisions and make new findings. The merits review the decision-maker steps into the shoes of the original decision-maker and consider the facts and law and makes a new decision.
The AAT has the power to:
If you are in Australia, you may apply for the review of the Department of Home Affairs’ decision. Your Australian sponsor, nominator or family member may apply for a merits review if you are overseas. A family of two or more who made a single visa application can make a single review application on behalf of all members by paying one application fee.
A strict time limit for the AAT application is applicable and if the AAT application is made outside the applicable time limit your AAT application will be ruled invalid.