Dear Department of Home Affairs,
We seek, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI), the number of cases where anyone (whether or not an applicant) requested a withdrawal (whether or not the withdrawal took effect) ofreview applications in the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal within the last two years (1 May 2020 to 1 May 2022).
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The FOI section only responds to valid FOI requests and other matters
relating to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). Visit the
FOI Information on our Website for more information on what information
can be accessed under the FOI Act 1982.
What is a valid FOI request?
A valid FOI request may be for:
- documents you previously provided to the Department as part of a visa
- a copy of a decision record made by the Department
- statistical information held by the Department
- papers or briefings the Department prepared.
If your email is a valid FOI request, the Department will contact you
shortly to acknowledge your request.
A valid FOI request must:
o Be in writing and state the request is for consideration under the FOI
o Have enough information for us to be able to identify the documents
you are seeking.
o Provide a physical or electronic address where we can send our
Do not send duplicate emails as this may cause longer delays in processing
What is an invalid FOI request?
Invalid FOI requests may include:
- Making a visa application
- Seeking evidence of your Australian Citizenship
- Seeking information about traveling to or departing Australia.
If your email is not specific an FOI request or FOI related matter, the
FOI section will not respond.
What happens next?
Once we receive and have registered your FOI request, we will send you an
acknowledgment letter by email. Read the acknowledgment letter carefully
for further instructions.
FOI requests are generally processed in the order they are received.
We will contact you as soon as the Department has assessed your request
under the FOI Act.
We’re responding to a large volume of requests
Due to the current high volume of requests, we will not provide progress
up-dates on current FOI requests. This is to ensure we are able to
process as many requests as possible, including yours.
If processing your request is going to take us a lot of time and because
it is large or unspecific, it may be refused.
Still have a question or request?
If you still have a question, which has not been answered above, and which
is about the work of the Department, use our general enquiries web page
You may be able to resolve your enquiry faster using these other resources
We only action and respond to FOI requests that are valid under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982. You may be able to resolve your enquiry
faster by using these resources:
General information about travelling to Australia:
The Department of Home Affairs, “Entering Australia” site
· For visa and our requirements for entry to Australia
For a copy of your visa refusal or visa grant letter you should contact
the office where you lodged your visa application.
· To check your current visa details and conditions use the
Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) portal which can
be accessed here
· If you are experiencing technical difficulties in lodging your
visa application through ImmiAccount, submit your concerns through the
ImmiAccount Technical Support Form, which is accessible here.
· For evidence of your Australian Citizenship please refer here.
The FOI Section does not process these requests.
· For movement records or travel history complete the online
International Movement Records form here. The FOI Section does not
process these requests.
· To update your details, including your Passport details, you can
notify the Department here. The FOI Section does not process these
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Information updated 11 January 2022
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Thank you for your Freedom of Information access request.
I am writing per section 15(4) of the Freedom of Information Act to advise that the Department if Home Affairs is not the appropriate agency to respond to your request. This is because the government function that you are seeking information about does not relate to the functions of the Department of Home Affairs.
I suggest that you contact the following agency, who may hold relevant documents and information:
Please note that your request has not been registered and will not be actioned further by the Department of Home Affairs.
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information & Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy & Law Enforcement Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]