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Unit description

Studies how the law makes public decision-makers accountable for how they exercise their discretions, powers, and duties. Various control mechanisms - particularly courts, merits appeals tribunals, Ombudsman, Freedom of Information (FoI) and privacy legislation at Commonwealth level - aim at curbing bureaucratic mistakes and excesses, and at ensuring sound, rational, and consistent decision-making by governments.

Unit content

Module 1:  Introduction:  judicial review, separation of powers, and the New Administrative Law

Module 2:  Grounds for judicial review of administrative decisions and subordinate legislation

Module 3:  Grounds for judicial review of administrative decisions

Module 4:  Steps to challenging decisions

Module 5:  Merits appeals

Module 6:  Remedies

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify and explain the central principles and the various elements which inform Australia’s federal system of administrative law
2evaluate the differences between review of the lawfulness of a decision, and review of the merits of a decision
3demonstrate an understanding of the legal and administrative mechanisms by which the actions and decisions of government officials and agencies may be challenged
4identify and explain the legal and administrative mechanisms by which government officials and agencies may be rendered accountable for their actions

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and explain the central principles and the various elements which inform Australia’s federal system of administrative law
  2. evaluate the differences between review of the lawfulness of a decision, and review of the merits of a decision
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the legal and administrative mechanisms by which the actions and decisions of government officials and agencies may be challenged
  4. identify and explain the legal and administrative mechanisms by which government officials and agencies may be rendered accountable for their actions

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Twice weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Twice weekly)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Twice weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Twice weekly)
Assessment
Essay50%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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