Administrative Appeals Tribunal expands with 54 new members

The new members are appointed for a term of two years, bringing AAT's total membership to 358

Administrative Appeals Tribunal expands with 54 new members

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced the appointment of 54 additional members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

These appointments follow the 39 appointments announced in September. The transparent and merit-based selection process of these appointments followed the AAT appointment guidelines, ensuring the tribunal's fair and qualified expansion. The appointment of these members fulfils the government's commitment to appoint at least 75 additional members to the AAT to address the existing backlog of cases, particularly in the Migration and Refugee Division.

The government said backlogs and delays in the AAT have grown significantly in recent years, impacting the lives of individuals relying on the tribunal to review government decisions independently. The additional members, appointed for a fixed term of two years, bring the total AAT membership to 358, with 209 full-time and 149 part-time members.

Most new appointments will be dedicated to the migration and refugee division, with others assigned to the national disability insurance scheme division and the social services and child support division. Some members will serve in multiple divisions.

The new members will commence their roles between 9 October and 5 February 2024. All members appointed through this process will transition to the new administrative review body, the Administrative Review Tribunal, upon its commencement for the remainder of their term. The government extends its congratulations to the appointed members.

The newly appointed members are:

  • Dr Dawn Barker
  • Mrs Kay Bell
  • Ms Alicia Bills
  • Ms Melissa Bray
  • Mr Michael Brereton
  • Mr Patrick Burgess
  • Ms Mary-Ann Cooper
  • Mr Clyde Cosentino
  • Dr Kevin Dodd
  • Ms Suseela Durvasula
  • Ms Jessica Edis
  • Mrs Jennifer Ermert
  • Ms Amy Faram
  • Mr Garry Fitzgerald
  • Mr Patrick Francis
  • Ms Helen Glass
  • Ms Amanda Goodier
  • Mr Benjamin Goulding
  • Mr John Paul Guemy
  • Mrs Melissa Haag
  • Ms Athena Harris Ingall
  • Ms Noelle Hossen
  • Mr Denny Hughes
  • Mr Adam Johnson
  • Dr Rachelle Johnston
  • Ms Hollie Kerwin
  • Ms Hee-Jung Kim
  • Mr Matthew King
  • Mr John Kotsifas
  • Mr Joshua Le Vay
  • Mr Gary Ledson
  • Ms Rebecca Lee
  • Mr Anastasis Liveris
  • Mrs Lisa Maree Lo Piccolo
  • Mr Ben Lumsdaine
  • Ms Sophie Manera
  • Mr Shane Marshall
  • Ms Mary Mathew
  • Ms Rosemary Mathlin
  • Ms Janette McCahon
  • Prof Robert McLaughlin
  • Ms Stefanie Memmott
  • Ms Belinda Mericourt
  • Ms Rebecca Mikhail
  • Ms Sydelle Mulin
  • Ms Siran Nyabally
  • Ms Linda Pearson
  • Ms Alison Ryan
  • Ms Frances Simmons
  • Ms Catherine Wall
  • Prof Gregory Weeks
  • Ms Carolyn Wilson
  • Mrs Sue Zelink
  • Ms Sophia Ziebell-Barnes

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