Introduction of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024

The introduction of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024 will mark a significant shift in Australia’s administrative review landscape. This new Act establishes the Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) to replace the current Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), bringing about substantial changes to the administrative review process.

 

Key Highlights of the Act

  1. Establishment of ART: The new Administrative Review Tribunal (ART) will replace the existing Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
  2. Abolishment of IAA: The Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) will be abolished under this new Act.
  3. Re-establishment of ARC: The Act will re-establish the Administrative Review Council (ARC).

The Act, encompassing over 250 pages, is still undergoing final amendments. The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) will provide detailed information and guidance to its members as more details are finalized and made available.

 

Transitional Provisions

Two associated bills have been passed to address transitional and consequential changes:

  • Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 1) Bill 2024: Link to Bill
  • Administrative Review Tribunal (Consequential and Transitional Provisions No. 2) Bill 2024: Link to Bill

These bills will be implemented alongside the ART Act to ensure a smooth transition.

Implementation Timeline

The Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024 passed both houses on 28 May 2024. The Act will come into effect on a day fixed by Proclamation or within 12 months following Royal Assent. While a specific date for the opening of the new ART has not yet been announced, members will be kept informed as soon as this information is available.

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