OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Withnall Howe, S & Evans, M, 2013, Administrative Law (The LexisNexis Study Guide), 2nd edn, Butterworths/ LexisNexis, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780409339307 (Paperback), 9780409339314 (E-book).
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

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