Provides an introduction to the basic principles of government decision making and to the role of tribunals, courts and the Ombudsman in enabling people to challenge federal government decisions that affect them, including the mechanisms by which the power exercised by governments and public officials may be reviewed and regulated.
Topic 1: Holding government decision-makers accountable
Topic 2: Responsible government and the Constitutional separation of powers
Topic 3: Merits review (appeals) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
Topic 4: Right to reasons, Freedom of Information (FOI), and privacy laws
Topic 5: The Ombudsman
Topic 6: Judicial review - general
Topic 7: Procedural fairness (natural justice)
Topic 8: Standing to appeal or seek judicial review
Topic 9: Remedies for bad or unlawful decisions
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the elements of the Commonwealth system of administrative law;||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||evaluate the relationship between public administration and legal controls over administrative action;||Intellectual rigour|
|3||explain the procedures for challenging administrative decisions;||Intellectual rigour|
|4||explain the procedures for obtaining government documents and reasons for administrative decisions; and||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||identify the remedies which may be available to persons affected by administrative decisions.||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
- Withnall Howe, S & Evans, M, 2013, Administrative Law (The LexisNexis Study Guide), 2nd edn, Butterworths/ LexisNexis, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780409339307 (Paperback), 9780409339314 (E-book).
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||50%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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