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Consultation opens on design of the new federal administrative review body

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

The Albanese Government is asking for public input on the design of a new federal administrative body which will serve the interests of all Australians.

In December 2022 the Albanese Government announced that it would abolish the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and replace it with an administrative review body that is user-focused, efficient, accessible, independent and fair.  

Today the Attorney-General’s Department has released an issues paper which has been developed in close consultation with the Expert Advisory Group chaired by the Hon Patrick Keane AC KC, a former Justice of the High Court. The paper invites views on a wide range of matters that are central to the design of the new body, including its structure, membership, powers and procedures.

This consultation process will be complemented by direct engagement with key stakeholders and further advice from the Expert Advisory Group.

For applicants and other tribunal users, a 15 minute online survey is also available on the Attorney-General’s Department’s website to capture views on the most important issues for users.

Further information about the consultation, including links to the issues paper, survey and submission options, can be found on the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Submissions close Friday, 12 May 2023.