people affected by the data breach

Important Legal Change for People Seeking Asylum affected by the 'Data Breach'

A new law means that some people who were affected by the 2014 'data breach' will have their protection claims assessed (or reassessed).

The Department is writing to the 86 people who are affected by this new law. Some people have already received protection visa refusal decisions.

Critically, people who have previously made an application for a protection visa (which was then refused) will only have 7 working days in which to lodge a new application.

It is essential that anyone who may be affected by this change:

  • ensures their contact details are up-to-date with the Department; AND
  • seeks urgent legal assistance.

This fact sheet has more information about the change and what you should do if you were affected by the data breach.