Administrative Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Discussion Board & Assignment (20%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit studies the origins, development and adoption of administrative law principles into the Australian legal system, the role of delegated legislation, merit and judicial review and associated remedies and other areas of administrative law including the ombudsman and free of information legislation.

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Administrative Law in Australia
  2. critically evaluate the Administrative Law system in light of contemporary legal issues and developments
  3. critically analyse and research complex problems relating to Administrative Law
  4. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues using legislation, case law and secondary source materials.
  • Assignment — Discussion Board & Assignment (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Australian Administrative Law
2The Legal Basis for Judicial Review
3Narrow Ultra Vires
4Broad Ultra Vires
5Subordinate legislation
6Introduction to Procedural Fairness (Natural Justice)
7Procedural Fairness (The two rules)
8Jurisdictional Error and Non-justiciability
10Reasons and Remedies
11Tribunals and Merits Review
12Other Methods of Administrative Law Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

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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