Recent Cases

Bussa v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2020] HCA 18 (24 April 2020) (Nettle J)


High Court – Original jurisdiction – Applications for constitutional or other writ – Determination without hearing – Abuse of process – Where plaintiff seeks orders inter alia to quash orders of superior court of record dismissing appeal from judgment dismissing application for judicial review of decision of administrative tribunal affirming decision by delegate of defendant Minister – Where plaintiff has not applied for special leave to appeal or provided explanation for departure from ordinary appellate process – Whether application is an abuse of process.

Migration – Visas – Skilled visas – Criteria for grant – Proof of skills – Where primary criteria to be satisfied for grant of visa include that application be accompanied by evidence that applicant had applied for assessment of skills for nominated skilled occupation by relevant assessing authority – Where visa applicant had failed skills assessment and not applied for subsequent skills assessment at time of submitting application – Whether evidence provided to defendant Minister after that time relevant to satisfaction of criterion.

Words and phrases – “abuse of process”, “accompanied by”, “constitutional writs”, “determination without oral hearing”, “discretion to refuse relief”, “extraordinary relief”, “less convenient, beneficial and effective”, “ordinary appellate process”, “original jurisdiction”, “skills assessment”, “unnecessary recourse”.