3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Refugee Review Tribunal Statistics


The Refugee Review Tribunal is an independent merits review tribunal which commenced operations on 1 July 1993. Its main function is to review decisions made by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to refuse or cancel protection visas to non-citizens in Australia. A criterion for the grant of a protection visa is the person is a non-citizen in Australia to whom Australia has protection obligations under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. The Tribunal also has the power, in respect of certain 'transitory persons', to conduct an assessment of whether a person is covered by the definition of a 'refugee' under the Convention.

There is a time period for applying for review which cannot be extended (i.e. persons in immigration detention must apply within 7 working days of the date they were notified by DIAC of their decision and within 28 calendar days for persons not in detention)

The operations of the Tribunal are governed by the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994. In conducting a review of a decision to refuse or cancel a protection visa, the Tribunal looks at the issues and evidence afresh. It considers material relating to the protection visa application, including DIAC's file, any further submissions from the applicant and information from other sources available to the Tribunal. It decides whether the applicant is a person to whom Australia has protection obligations, which includes consideration of whether they, or a member of their family, is a refugee within the meaning of the Convention. The Tribunal has the power to affirm DIAC's decision, vary the decision, set the decision aside and substitute a new decision, or remit the matter to DIAC for reconsideration.

While hearings held by the Tribunal are private and not open to the public, approximately 40% of the Tribunal's decisions are published. Published decisions do not contain names or anything which may identify an applicant or member of an applicant's family.

A range of general statistical information relating to the Tribunal's performance is also available online.


Data includes details of lodged, active and decided Refugee Review Tribunal applications and information about the timeliness of reviews. This information is updated each month and includes statistics for the previous financial year and the current year to date.


    • Cases lodged
        • By country of reference
        • By Tribunal registry
        • By review applicant location
    • Cases decided
        • By country of reference
        • By outcome (set aside, affirmed, withdrawn and other no jurisdiction)
        • By Tribunal registry
        • By review applicant location
    • Cases on hand
        • By country of reference
        • By Tribunal registry
        • Age
    • Hearings
        • By Tribunal registry
        • By outcome (cancelled, adjourned, completed)
        • By type (standard, video)
        • Duration
    • Timeliness of reviews
        • % of cases decided within 90 days
        • Average days to decision


Information and data are available from the 'About the Tribunals' section of the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal website at www.mrt-rrt.gov.au. Also available on this website are past Annual Reports, published Tribunal decisions, reports on the conduct of reviews not completed within 90 days and a processing times calculator.


The Deputy Registrar
Principal Registry
Postal address
GPO Box 1333
Sydney NSW 2001
Ph: (02) 9276 5060
Fax: (02) 9276 5099
Email: enquiries@mrt-rrt.gov.au
Web: www.mrt-rrt.gov.au