Administrative Law examines the legal framework for controlling decision-making by Commonwealth, State and local government decision-makers in Australia. It focuses on the legal restraints upon government, and the role those restraints play in maintaining government accountability. The role played by courts, tribunals and Ombudsman and the opportunities available to the public to question government activity is examined. The course covers the core administrative law material required for admission purposes and for work in the area of law and government. The following topics will be covered:
what accountability means in the context of the administrative state';
changing patterns of 'governance' in contemporary Australia;
the historical and constitutional context of Australian administrative law;
the administrative law framework for review of government decision-making;
concepts and principles of merits and judicial review;
jurisdiction and remedies available from courts and tribunals, and the principles of standing;
other administrative law avenues including information access rights and ombudsmen; and
the impact of human rights legislation on Australian administrative law.
Learning OutcomesA candidate who has successfully completed the subject should:
- understand the principles of judicial review of administrative action at both the State and Federal levels of government in Australia;
- understand the limits on the powers of the courts to engage in judicial review of administrative action, and the constitutional protection of such review;
- understand some of the ways in which administrative action can be reviewed by non-judicial mechanisms, and how particular administrative law institutions fit into the overall administrative law system;
- be aware of some of the current controversies and trends in the area of administrative law;Have the capacity to think critically about administrative law, its underpinning values, and its impact on administrative decision-making;
- have further developed their skills in reading, interpreting and analysing cases and legislation; and
- have the ability to apply administrative law principles to resolve practical problems.
Assessment in Administrative Law includes a final examination in the end of semester examination period and usually an optional (and redeemable) component. In 2012 this optional component consisted of a series of group work exercises worth 25% of the final mark. Students should check the course outline for further information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course.
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Administrative Law is a compulsory course generally involving four hours of contact time per week over the semester, including tutorials. Students are generally expected to devote approximately 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Peter Cane and Leighton McDonald, Principles of Administrative Law: Legal Regulation of Governance (Oxford University Press,2nd Edition, 2013) and Peter Cane and Leighton McDonald, Cases and Materials for Principles of Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2013) (available as a 'pack' ISBN: 9780195566390). Other materials will be made available on the course Wattle page.
Any preliminary reading will be set out in the course outline for each class.
Indicative Reading List
A comprehensive reading guide will be available either in the course outline or a separate document available from the course web page on the ANU College of Law website.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 3
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3051||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person|