The Federal Government has introduced the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) on 25 October 2018. This Bill aims to make changes to the character test for prospective migrants to Australia for the purpose of ensuring increased safety to Australian citizens.
In the case of WET052 v The Republic of Nauru  HCA 47 (17 October 2018), the High Court of Australia (“High Court”) has, on 17 October 2018, unanimously dismissed an appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court of Nauru (the “Supreme Court”).
In HFM043 v The Republic of Nauru  HCA 37 (15 August 2018), the High Court of Australia unanimously allowed an appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru, and held that the Supreme Court of Nauru erred in holding that the Refugees Convention Act 2012 (Nr) section 31(5) made it futile to remit the appellant's application for merits review to the Refugee Status Review Tribunal (the Tribunal).
The High Court has unanimously dismissed all three appeals in Shrestha v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor; Ghimire v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor; Acharya v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor  HCA 35 (15 August 2018). The High Court upheld the judgement handed by the Federal Court of Australia which affirmed the decision of the Migration Review Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).
In Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW  HCA 30 (8 August 2018), the High Court has unanimously held that a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal ("the Tribunal") to proceed in the absence of the First and Second Respondents ("the Respondents") was not unreasonable, and that the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia should have set aside a decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia which had found the Tribunal's decision to be unreasonable [see Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW  FCAFC 33 (2 March 2017)].
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