Reconsider what you know about the scope of merits review

We have always thought that the Tribunal can expand the scope of a merits review by considering issues and provisions not considered by the Department. However, according to this landmark Federal Court decision, that is not always the case. We explain why and how practitioners can use this decision in favour of their clients in terms of limiting the scope of the Tribunal's review. By limiting that scope, clients could have 2 chances to have each issue or provision assessed on their merits, one at the Department level and another at the Tribunal level.

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