Administrative Appeals Tribunal – EOI open for the appointment of President and 75 new Members. 

The Australian Government announced on 16 December 2022 that it will abolish the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and replace it with a new federal administrative review body. The government also announced new appointment guidelines for the AAT. These guidelines set out a transparent and merit-based process for the appointment (including reappointment) of members.

President of the AAT

The government has commenced a merit-based and transparent process to appoint a new president to the AAT. The new president will lead the AAT through the period of reform, and will become the inaugural president of the new federal administrative review body, once established, for the remainder of their term.

Additional AAT members to address the backlog

Expressions of interest are now open for suitably qualified persons for the role of full-time member (Level 2) of the AAT. The government will appoint at least 75 additional members to the AAT to address the existing backlog of cases. These members will be appointed for a fixed term of up to 2 years and the process will be conducted in accordance with the new appointment guidelines.

The majority of appointees will work primarily in the Migration and Refugee Division. Some of the appointees will work primarily in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Division or the Social Security and Child Support Division. Further member positions may also be filled from this process if vacancies arise.

All members appointed through this process will transition to the new administrative review body, when it commences, for the remainder of their term.

Please visit the website for further information –