Administrative Appeals Tribunal

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of a departmental review of a vehicle import application, you can seek a review of the decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The Tribunal is independent of the Department. The Tribunal provides merits review across a wide range of administrative decisions made by Australian Government Ministers, departments, agencies, authorities and other tribunals.

Merits review involves reconsidering the facts, law and policy relating to the decision. The Tribunal considers the material before it and decides what is the correct—or, in a discretionary area, the preferable—decision. It may affirm, vary or set aside the original decision.

You can appeal a decision by lodging an Application for Review of Decision Form with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Under section 28 of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, you may, by notice in writing, request that the Department provide you with a formal statement of reasons for the decision. The Department must provide the statement of reasons within 28 days of receiving the request.

If you apply to the AAT for a review of a decision you may have to pay an application fee.

For further information:

  • Visit the AAT website
  • Write to:

    Administrative Appeals Tribunal
    GPO Box 9955
    (any Australian Capital City)
  • Telephone:

    1 300 366 700 (inside Australia)
    +61 2 6243 4611 (outside Australia)

Please also note that there is a time limit on lodging applications with the Tribunal. This is usually 28 days from the date of receiving the decision you want reviewed.