• Class Number 4578
  • Term Code 3350
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Greg Weeks
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 03/07/2023
  • Class End Date 31/08/2023
  • Census Date 14/07/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed to expose students to some of the most interesting challenges in Australian Administrative Law, and to permit them to engage in a scholarly and reflective analysis of the issues involved in cases and issues which have come before the courts. Topics offered may change from time to time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain, distinguish and apply the theoretical framework for administrative law through current topics.
  2. Recognise, distinguish and appraise the relationship between theoretical issues and practical examples.
  3. Identify and critically examine (in written and oral form) the administrative law rules and principles covered during the course.
  4. Examine, investigate and interpret the policy issues arising from the topics covered.
  5. Interpret, analyse and propose solutions to legal problems involving administrative law in practice.

Research-Led Teaching

The topic for this course has been designed around the Convenor’s research. Greg Weeks is widely recognised as an expert in administrative law and is an author of many publications in his areas of expertise, including Soft Law and Public Authorities: Remedies and Reform (Hart Publishing, 2016) and (with Janina Boughey and Ellen Rock) Government Liability: Principles and Remedies (LexisNexis Australia, 2019). He is the co-author (with Mark Aronson and Matthew Groves) of the leading Australian judicial review text, Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability (Thomson Reuters, 7th ed, 2022). 

Required Resources

Janina Boughey, Ellen Rock and Greg Weeks, Government Liability: Principles and Remedies (LexisNexis Australia, 2019).

Mark Aronson, Matthew Groves and Greg Weeks, Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability (Thomson Reuters, 7th ed, 2022).

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Task submission times refer to Canberra time (AEST/AEDT).

Extensions, late submission and penalties: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further information about the course: is available from the course Wattle page. Students are required to access the Wattle site regularly throughout the course for any announcements relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This is a semi-intensive course that will be delivered every Tuesday and Wednesday between 4-19 July from 10am to 4:30pm. Tuesday 4 July Introduction: Constitutional history and liability of the Crown Judicial review remedies: constitutional and statutory
2 Wednesday 5 July Merits review and remedies in tribunals Ombudsmen and discretionary compensation schemes
3 Tuesday 11 July Promises made and broken by government Tortious remedies
4 Wednesday 12 July Restitution and equitable remedies Government contracts
5 Tuesday 18 July Essay proposal presentations Essay proposal presentations
6 Wednesday 19 July Damages against government Concluding themes: all aspects of course

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials / seminars so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % * 20/07/2023 1,2,3,4
Detailed Essay Abstract and Oral Presentation 10 % 18/07/2023 21/07/2023 2,4,5
Research Essay 80 % 31/08/2023 18/09/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


For all courses taught in any mode (whether face to face or online), the ANU College of Law considers participation in the classes offered to be an important part of the educational experience of the program. Students are expected to attend all classes.


There is no final examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 20/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Participation

Details of Task: This assessment is intended to give you the opportunity to develop your oral skills in the context of discussing specific administrative law issues. The classes in this subject will be based on specific reading material, with which it is expected all participants will be familiar before we meet. Discussions of the material relevant to the topic of the week will be open and everyone will have a chance to contribute.  

Nature of Task: Compulsory; the choice not to participate will result in a mark that could be as low as 0/10.

Weighting: 10%

Due Date: On-going. If you are unable to attend due to illness or exceptional circumstances, please contact the convener with appropriate documentation.

Estimated Return Date: 20 July 2023

Assessment Criteria: Marks will be awarded for preparation and thoughtfulness in contributing to the discussion, not merely for frequency or vehemence. Oral contributions will be graded according to how well students:

  • make accurate reference to the material assigned;
  • use concise and engaging oral skills; and
  • demonstrate critical thinking.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 18/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 21/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5

Detailed Essay Abstract and Oral Presentation

Details of Task: This is an opportunity for you to develop your ideas for the Research Essay. Your Presentation should set out your plan for writing the Research Essay, including the subject matter you will consider and the legal questions you plan to address. You should prepare a draft Bibliography, which includes your preliminary thoughts about which sources you might use. It is not expected that your Presentation will be perfect; that is not the point. It may help you to think about this task as an oral explanation of a short research proposal, designed to elicit feedback to improve the research which follows.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.

Weighting: 10%

Word Limit: You are encouraged to submit a document of up to 2 typed pages on which written feedback can be given for your benefit but this document will not be marked.

Duration: Your presentation requires no powerpoint or other supporting material and will take about 10 (and no more than 15) minutes including questions and discussion.

Due Date: Tuesday 18 July 2023 . Given the nature of the task, no extensions or late presentations are permitted. If a document is also submitted, please bring a hard copy to the seminar on the day of your presentation on which I may make notes.

Estimated Return Date: Your Abstract will be returned, along with mark for the oral presentation, by 21 July 2023.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Depth of preliminary research
  • Clarity of expression
  • Demonstration of appropriate research topic and question.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 31/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 18/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

Details of Task: Students will write a research essay on a topic of their choice within the broad scope of the course. This topic must be approved by the Convenor by no later than 12 July 2023. This assessment is provided to ensure that you engage deeply with an area of the course that intersects with an area of interest to you and that links into the course objectives. It is a research essay that will allow students to inquire into an area of particular interest related to the topics covered by the course.

Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete will result in a mark of zero for this task.

Weighting: 80%

Release: Students can commence work on the essay as soon as they have devised a topic.

Word Limit: 4,000 words. The ANU College of Law's Word Length and Excess Word penalties policy can be found here.

Due Date: 5pm, Thursday 31 August 2023 via Turnitin. Late submissions (without an extension) are permitted, but late penalties will apply.

Estimated Return Date: Monday 18 September 2023 via Turnitin.

Assessment Criteria: Research essays will be graded according to how well students:

  • make accurate use of relevant legal material;
  • structure the essay in a clear manner;
  • use concise expression;
  • adequately address the relevant issue(s);
  • draw appropriately upon independent research;
  • demonstrate critical thinking and make a persuasive argument; and
  • comply with the current edition of the AGLC.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
  • Late submission is not accepted for tests or examinations.
  • Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been granted an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time will be provided in writing. Importantly, any revised due date is inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date will be penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the task per 24-hour period.  

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All marks and feedback will be provided by the return date listed in the class summary.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Greg Weeks
x 55420

Research Interests

The Convenor's research interests are in judicial review and issues in public law generally, state liability, and public and private law remedies against public authorities.

Prof Greg Weeks

By Appointment

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