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Immigration and Protection Tribunal

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal is an independent body established under the Immigration Act 2009 (the Act) to hear appeals and applications regarding:

  • residence class visas
  • deportation (including appeals on the facts and humanitarian grounds)
  • claims to be recognised as a refugee or as a protected person.

The Tribunal is administered by the Ministry of Justice. It is chaired by a District Court Judge, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, and 16 members appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.