If your application has been unsuccessful or refused, you will receive a letter from the Department informing you of your review rights.
A registered migration agent can appeal on your behalf. There are strict time limits in which the decision can be appealed. The appeal tribunals do not accept any expired application appeals.
The Australian government has established 2 tribunals to hear and process appeals in terms of immigration purposes – the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Each of these two tribunals deal with different visa applications. Which tribunal you have to lodge your appeal depends on the type of visa application you have made.
A registered migration agent on your behalf can appeal at the Adminstrative Appeals Tribunal or the Refugee Review Tribunal if the Department refuses your visa application. There is an application charge, but if your appeal is successful, the application charge will be refunded in part.
This tribunal operates without lawyers and has the power to change the decision made by the Department.
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the AAT/RRT you have further appeal rights the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Appeals to the Federal Circuit Court can be very expensive and time-consuming.