Will the 2015 International Protection Act speed up decisions?

Hopefully it will but that is yet to be seen.

The 2015 International Protection Act came into effect in January 2017.

The previous legislation, the 1996 Refugee act, specified that separate decision and appeal process were to be followed for a decision on refugee status and subsidiary protection. This led to severe backlogs in processing.

The 2015 International Protection Act sets up a single process for both refugee status and subsidiary protection. Additional backlogs were created by moving from the 1996 to the 2015 process.