High Court of Australia

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW [2018] HCA 30

8 Aug 2018

Case Number: S244/2017


Kiefel CJ, Gageler, Nettle, Gordon, Edelman JJ


Migration – Refugee Review Tribunal – Review of decisions – Where first and second respondents sought review by Refugee Review Tribunal ("Tribunal") of decision of delegate of appellant to refuse applications for protection visas – Where respondents failed to respond to invitations from Tribunal to appear or provide submissions – Where s 426A(1) of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) empowered Tribunal to proceed to make decision on review without taking further action to allow or enable respondents to appear – Where Tribunal made decision to proceed under s 426A(1) – Whether Tribunal's decision to proceed in absence of respondents was legally unreasonable.

Appeal – Rehearing – Where primary judge held decision of Tribunal was legally unreasonable – Where Full Court of Federal Court dismissed appeal from primary judge's decision, holding that appellant was required to demonstrate error in reasoning of primary judge akin to that required in appeals from discretionary judgments – Whether principles stated in House v The King (1936) 55 CLR 499 apply to appeal from decision on judicial review that administrative decision is legally unreasonable.

Words and phrases – "appeal by way of rehearing", "appealable error", "discretionary", "discretionary decision", "discretionary power", "evaluative approach", "evaluative judgment", "evaluative process", "legally unreasonable", "standard of appellate review", "unreasonable".

Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – ss 425, 425A, 426A, 441A, 441C, 476.

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