Intro to Administrative Law - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Letter of advice to client (25%) , Assignment 2 - Statement of issues (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,750.00
International 3,000.00

This unit introduces students to a range of introductory legal issues concerning Administrative Law. Administrative law is the body of common law, statute law and procedural rules through which government institutions and bureaucratic actions are supervised and regulated. This unit examines the major principles of administrative law and the various institutions through which the law is developed and applied in practice. In this unit, students will examine and apply some of the fundamental principles associated with administrative law decision-making; determine how and when administrative decisions are amenable to review or appeal; and examine the practical issues raised in advising clients and preparing cases for hearing. The unit will focus on Commonwealth government administrative law, but will also give an overview of Australian state administrative law systems.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain to their employer and to a citizen the alternative means of obtaining review of an administrative law decision, both in the State and Commonwealth jurisdictions
  2. complete the preparation required to represent their employer and/or citizens effectively at the relevant forum where this is permitted
  3. identify whether right to information legislation applies to a situation and, if so, advise whether a freedom of information application should be granted and whether it would assist a citizens and what steps must be taken to complete the application.
  • Assignment 1 — Letter of advice to client (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Statement of issues (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Memorandum of advice (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LAW7303 — Introduction to Administrative Law

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The process of review of administrative decisions
2The framework for administrative law
4The grounds for review
5Access to information

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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