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.
This course meets the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge for Administrative Law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Synthesise and apply the principles of administrative law covered in the course.
- Critically analyse some of the current controversies and trends in the area of administrative law with respect to a diverse range of perspectives.
- Research, interpret and apply complex statutory material to solve administrative law problems.
- Select and apply a range of approaches to communication, and apply the critical thinking required to develop and communicate solutions to complex administrative law problems.
- Analyse and predict how unresolved or ambiguous administrative law questions could be resolved by the courts through critical analysis of case law and the judicial method.
- The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the Class Summary and on the course WATTLE page. (null) [LO null]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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