Course Title: Government and the Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Government and the Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Doug Cole

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5424

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with knowledge and skills of the major areas of administrative law. You will examine the history and structure of government in Australia, subordinate legislation, legal restraints on the use of governmental power and the roles of the Victorian and Commonwealth Ombudsmen.
You will analyse the grounds and methods to review government decisions and access government information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Research the history and structure of government in Australia and Victoria including the Australian and Victorian constitutions and outline the nature of subordinate legislation and parliamentary supervision of it.
  2. Apply the principles of judicial review of administrative decisions and available remedies for successful challenges.
  3. Identify the nature of merits review of administrative decisions
  4. Apply the law relating to obtaining reasons for administrative decisions and access to documents held by Federal and State agencies.
  5. Analyse the roles of the Victorian and Commonwealth Ombudsman. in relation to the investigation of complaints.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

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
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2
Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

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.