Recent Cases

Minister for Home Affairs v DUA16 [2020] HCA 46 (09 December 2020) (Kiefel CJ, Bell, Keane, Gordon and Edelman JJ)


Immigration – Refugees – Application for protection visa – Immigration Assessment Authority (“Authority”) – Review by Authority under Pt 7AA of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – Where applicants engaged registered migration agent to provide submissions to Authority – Where agent fraudulently provided pro forma submissions – Where fraudulent submissions contained personal information relevant to a different person – Where Authority unaware of fraud but aware that submissions erroneously related to another individual – Where Authority disregarded information relating to another individual – Whether agent’s fraud stultified Authority’s review – Whether Authority’s decision was vitiated by agent’s fraud – Whether agent’s fraud contributed in adverse way to exercise of any duty, function, or power by Authority – Whether Authority’s failure to seek corrected submissions containing potentially new information legally unreasonable.

Words and phrases – “agent”, “fraud”, “fraudulent submissions”, “legal unreasonableness”, “new information”, “personal circumstances”, “personal information”, “practice direction”, “statutory review function”, “stultified”, “submissions”, “vitiate”.