See Ministerial Guidelines for the Identification of Unique or Exceptional Cases

The Honourable Philip Ruddock
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Parliament House
ACT 2600

(Insert Date here)

Dear Minister

Re: (your name)

I submit that there are strong and compelling reasons why I cannot return to (country you are from).

The Refugee Review Tribunal found that I was not a refugee on (date of Tribunal's decision).  Even though the Tribunal found that I did not meet the legal requirements for refugee status, I will face: (choose the ones that apply to you). 

  • a threat to my personal security or
  • human rights abuses or
  • abuse of my human dignity

if I return to my country.

(Provide a paragraph that tells the Minister about the problems you will face in your country.  If you have been harassed or have faced torture or trauma in the past, then you should also include this information. Medical certificates and independent country information can also be included.

Outline each ground of the Ministerial guidelines which applies in your case and explain why that particular ground applies.)

I ask that you take all of the above claims and submissions into account and exercise your discretion compassionately.

Yours sincerely, 

(Signature, name and contact details)

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This page last updated 4th May 2004