Course Title: Administrative Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Administrative Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Penelope Weller

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 5710

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

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

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of case studies, analysis of cases, legislation and academic writings, and written reports.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.