The report of the inquiry into review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

February 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN: 978-1-74366-980-8

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Committee membership

  Committee Secretariat

Terms of reference


1. Introduction

  Conduct of the Inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Visa cancellation powers in the Migration Act
  Ministerial directions
  Merits review
  Visa cancellation and merits review statistics
  Committee comment

2. Efficiency of existing review processes

  A safer Australia
  Efficiency of existing review processes
  Committee comment
  AAT’s approach to evidence
  Committee comment
  Access to legal assistance
  Committee comment
  Detention and non-refoulement
  Committee comment

3. Future directions for merits review

  Impacts of visa cancellations and merits review
  Committee comment
  Scope of AAT merits review
  Committee comment
  Committee comment
  Committee comment
  Victims of crime and the review process
  Committee comment
  Public confidence in the review process
  Committee comment
  Strengthening the visa cancellations regime
  Committee comment

A. List of submissions

B. List of public hearings and witnesses

Dissenting report

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Migration
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4560