The Minister for Immigration has discretionary powers under the Migration Act 1958 to replace a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) with a decision that is more favourable to you if the Minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so.
Ministerial Intervention is the port of last call in any visa process after other administrative processes have failed.
Ministerial Intervention is discretionary, and the Minister is not obliged to intervene in your case. Only a small number of requests are successful. If the Minister decides there is no public interest in intervening you will be expected to leave Australia.
Unlike the Department of Home Affairs and the AAT, the Minister of Immigration is not bound by the rules and regulations of the particular visa you are applying for and he or she can give you a different or better visa that the one you applied for.
The Minister is most likely to exercise a discretionary power where:
The minister cannot exercise his or her discretionary powers in the following circumstances:
A request for Ministerial Intervention is a specialised area of work that requires the preparation of a detailed submission and specific documentation to support any compelling, unique or exceptional circumstances that might exist.
If you have received a decision from the Department or the AAT to refuse your visa application and wish to request Ministerial Intervention, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.