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


The Migration Review Tribunal is statutory body which was established on 1 June 1999. It provides a final independent merits review of visa and visa-related decisions made by officers of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), acting as delegates of the Minister. The Tribunal reviews decisions made in respect of a range of visas (e.g. visitor, student, partner, family, business, skilled visas) but not protection visas (which are reviewable by the Refugee Review Tribunal).

Decisions that can be reviewed include decisions:

  • to refuse to grant visa
  • to cancel a visa
  • not to revoke the automatic cancellation of student visa
  • to refuse an application for approval as a sponsor
  • to refuse to approve a nomination
  • to cancel a sponsor's approval or bar a sponsor
  • to refuse to vary a term specified in a sponsor's approval
  • to impose a security for compliance with visa conditions in connection with an application for visas, and
  • to assess a score in relation to a points test.

The operations of the Tribunal are governed by the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994. In conducting a review, the Tribunal looks at the issues and evidence afresh. Its principal objective is to ensure that the administrative decision reached in a case is the correct and preferable decision. The Tribunal seeks to provide a mechanism of review that is "fair, just, economical, informal and quick".

There is a time period for applying for reviews which cannot be extended (e.g. persons who have had a visa cancelled must apply within 7 working days of the date they were notified by DIAC of their decision while most other applications must be lodged within 21 days).

Proceedings of the Tribunal are generally open to the public and approximately 40% of Tribunal decisions are published. Published decisions generally identify persons involved in a case. In some cases, for example, cases where a person may be at risk if identified, the Tribunal may direct that the published decision be edited so as not to contain information which may identify the persons involved in a case.

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


Data includes details of lodged, active and decided Migration 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 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