AAT Case Decision Processing times.


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Processing times for Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) cases under review.

The following figures give an idea of the time from lodgement to decision, based on actual times for the 3 months July 2021 to September 2021.

Bridging: 86% took under 1 year. Half took under 91 days. Of the 124 decisions, 12 (10%) were set aside.

Partner: 16% took under 1 year. Half took under 899 days. Of the 407 decisions, 231 (57%) were set aside.

Family: 24% took under 1 year. Half took under 885 days. Of the 181 decisions, 71 (39%) were set aside.

Nomination/Sponsor approval: 1% took under 1 year. Half took under 1,044 days. Of the 642 decisions, 205 (32%) were set aside.

Permanent business: 4% took under 1 year. Half took under 1,021 days. Of the 429 decisions, 175 (41%) were set aside.


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Skill linked: 16% took under 1 year. Half took under 826 days. Of the 150 decisions, 57 (38%) were set aside.

Student cancellation: 50% took under 1 year. Half took under 379 days. Of the 24 decisions, 4 (17%) were set aside.

Student refusal: 6% took under 1 year. Half took under 627 days. Of the 780 decisions, 350 (44%) were set aside.

Temporary work: 16% took under 1 year. Half took under 1,030 days. Of the 314 decisions, 107 (34%) were set aside.

Visitor: 32% took under 1 year. Half took under 689 days. Of the 587 decisions, 197 (34%) were set aside.

Protection: 43% took under 1 year. Half took under 596 days.

Other: 68% took under 1 year. Half took under 184 days. Of the 38 decisions, 22 (58%) were set aside.

What does “Set Aside” mean?

Set aside the decision and substitute a new decision: the decision is replaced with a new decision.
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Numbers of Old Cases.

As at 30 September 2021, 17,012 AAT Migration cases (77%) were over 365 days old.

15,975 Migration cases (72%) were over 18 months old.

26,607 Refugee cases (78%) were over 9 months old.

AAT Lodgements and Finalisations, July to September 2021.

Migration Cases

With 1,778 new migration lodgements and 3,684 cases finalised, the number of cases left in the queue has reduced to 22,066 at 30 September 2021.

At about 3,700 cases cleared every 3 months, it would take about 18 months to clear the current Migration backlog.

Refugee Cases

With 2,895 new refugee lodgements and 941 cases finalised, the number of cases left in the queue has increased to 34,022 at 30 September 2021.

At about 1,000 cases cleared every 3 months, it would take about 9 years to clear the current Refugee backlog.

Source: Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Migration and Refugee Division Caseload Report. Financial year to 30 September 2021.

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