The increase of application charges is an annual feature in Australian immigration. Fees go up every July, usually by a fixed percentage. The costs of disputing refused applications is no exception to this rule.
Last week, the Government announced increases to the price of lodging Review applications at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) as well as Federal Court fees.
From 1 July 2020, AAT application fee in the Migration and Refugee Division will increase to $1,826. This year's increase is relatively modest which is a relief, considering many struggle to afford applying to the AAT.
Having financial difficulties?
The impact of Covid-19 has made the financial situation of many migrants more precarious than usual. If you are having financial difficulties and need to lodge an application at the AAT, you can request a reduction of their charge.
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The AAT will discount their fee by 50% if you can demonstrate that you cannot afford it. You will need to submit Form MR11 Request for fee reduction – MR Division along with evidence that the payment of the application has caused, or is likely to cause, severe financial hardship to you.
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