Examine the principles and the institutions through which the law is developed and applied in practice. Determine how and when decisions are amenable to review, and unpack the process of advising clients and preparing cases for hearing.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
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
complete the preparation required to represent their employer and/or citizens effectively at the relevant forum where this is permitted
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.
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 subject, 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.