Course Title: Administrative law
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2014
Course Code: LAW5198
Course Title: Administrative law
School: 650T TAFE Business
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6106 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice
Course Contact : Doug Gourlay
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Doug Cole 61 3 9925 5424 email@example.com
SAB 445 Swanston St Melbourne Building 80, Level 5
Nominal Hours: 51
Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Pre-requisites: VU20111 Legal Process
To provide students with a knowledge of the major areas of administrative law incluidng the structure of government in Australia, the legal restraints on the use of governmental power, methods of review of government decisions and access to government information as might be relevant for a person working in a legal office, government department or agency or organistaion having dealings with government departments or agencies.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VU20122 Administrative law
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
Learning Outcome 1 - Evaluate and assess the development of the organs of government in Australia. Distinguish the executive functions of government from the legislative and judicial functions. Identify the nature of decisions forming the subject matter of administrative law.
1.1 Evaluate the development of the constitutional and legal framework in Australia.
1.2 Identify the structure of government in Australia.
1.3 Outline the Victorian and Federal court hierarchies, examine the jurisdiction of their components.
1.4 Examine the nature of quasi-judicial bodies.
Learning Outcome 2 - Define and analyse subordinate legislation and assess the principles governing delegation of legislative power.
2.1 Define the term “subordinate legislation”.
2.2 Outline the operation of subordinate legislation.
2.3 Examine the reasons for delegation of legislative power.
2.4 Outline the legal restraints on the delegation of legislative power.
2.5 Describe the nature of parliamentary supervision and control of subordinate legislation.
Learning Outcome 3 - Distinguish judicial review of decisions from review on the merits.
3.1 Analyse the features of judicial review with reference to the historical background, the legal basis for intervention and the effect of a successful application for judicial review.
3.2 Assess the distinguishing features of review on the merits.
Learning Outcome 4 - Analyse the common law and statutory principles which govern judicial review of decisions.
4.1 Examine the common law grounds for judicial review of administrative decisions including those made by subordinate legislative bodies and quasi-judicial bodies.
4.2 Evaluate the statutory provisions relevant to judicial review of decisions including the Commonwealth Constitution, the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth), the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) and the Administrative Law Act 1978 (Vic).
4.3 Compare the grounds for judicial review at common law with the grounds specified in the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act.
4.4 Examine legal considerations regarding statutory exclusion of judicial review.
4.5 Analyse lack of procedural fairness as a ground for judicial review in relation to the historical development, the hearing rule, the rule against bias and applicability to private bodies.
4.6 Evaluate the application of common law and statutory grounds for review using appropriate case study material.
Learning Outcome 5 - Identify and analyse the preconditions for an application for judicial review at common law or under legislation and the possible remedies available.
5.1 Analyse the requirement of establishing standing with reference to the nature of standing and the effect of a lack of standing.
5.2 Identify the possible remedies available in the event of an administrative decision maker acting wrongly, or outside their powers.
5.3 Analyse the application of standing requirements and the range of remedies available using case study materials.
Learning Outcome 6 - Analyse and specify the process of review on the merits undertaken by merits review tribunals.
6.1 Assess the possible means of obtaining a reconsideration of an administrative decision on the merits with reference to informal review and review by specialist tribunals.
6.2 Examine the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth.), with reference to the role, composition and powers of the Tribunal, reviewable decisions, standing requirements, procedural aspects, the relevance of government policy to decisions by the Tribunal and the enforcement of the Tribunal’s decisions. ’
6.3 Analyse the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act, 1998 (Vic), with reference to the original jurisdiction of the Tribunal and review jurisdiction of the Tribunal.
Learning Outcome 7 - Analyse and evaluate review by the Ombudsman as an alternative to review by an administrative tribunal or judicial review.
7.1 Assess the legal basis for review by the Ombudsman at Federal and State levels with reference to the historical development of the office of the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman Act 1974 (Cth) and the Ombudsman Act 1973 (Vic).
7.2 Evaluate the role of the Ombudsman in reviewing administrative decisions with reference to scope of investigative power, procedures adopted and remedies available.
7.3 Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of review by the Ombudsman using appropriate case study material.
Learning Outcome 8 - Evaluate legislative provisions which provide access to reasons for administrative decisions and documents at Commonwealth and State Levels.
8.1 Assess Commonwealth legislation providing access to reasons and documents with reference to:
• Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth)
• Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth)
• Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth)
8.2 Evaluate the Victorian legislation providing access to reasons and documents with reference to:
• Freedom of Information Act 1983 (Vic)
• Administrative Law Act 1978 (Vic)
• Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic).
8.3 Distinguish parameters of and principles governing access to reasons and documents at Commonwealth and Victorian levels with reference to:
• uses of freedom of information legislation
• exemptions and exclusions
• requirements of the statutory duty to provide reasons
• requirements as to form.
Details of Learning Activities
Students will study Administrative Law skills and theory in class sessions and through prescribed exercises and assessment work. These concepts will also be explored through the investigation of appropriate real world and simulated environments.
Classes of 3 hours per week for 16 weeks as per the teaching schedule. The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
The week by week classes as per the teaching schedule below and assessments, including due dates, are subject to variation. Class teachers will to keep as close as practicable to that set out in this Part B Statement.
Course requirements: students consult timetable and are expected to attend all scheduled classes
Course support documents: see RMIT Blackboard
Student Induction: conducted prior to commencement of classes or during the first class and will cover the following: Blackboard, Overview of assessment requirements including Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers, Grading, Plagiarism, Appeals,Extensions,Feedback,Privacy, Submission requirements, Resubmission policy, Where to get support, Student responsibilities
Teaching schedule for Semester 1, 2014
Subject to variation
|Week Beginning||Topic||Learning Outcomes||Assessment|
|Week 1 - 10 Feb||History of government in Australia, Federation||1.|
|Week 2 - 17 Feb||The Australian Constitution, distribution of legislative powers||1.|
|Week 3 -24 Feb||The Executive and Judicature, the separation of powers, changing the Constitution, Government in Victoria||1.|
|Week 4 - 3 Mar||Courts, tribunals and subordinate legislation||1,2.|
|Week 5 - 10 Mar||Some key concepts in Administrative Law, sources and history of Administrative Law||3|
|Week 6 -17 Mar||Judicial review, ultra vires and lack of jurisdiction||2,4||Short answer / multiple choice test (30%) closed book|
|Week 7 -24 Mar||Judicial review continued, errors in the way power used||4|
|Week 8 -31 Mar||Judicial review continued, further errors in the way power used||4|
|Week 9 - 7 Apr||Defects in procedure, natural justice, the application of administrative law concepts to private bodies||4|
|Week 10-14 Apr||Common law and equitable remedies, standing, the Administrative Law Act||5|
|Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation) - 18 April to 27 April|
|Week 11 -28 Apr||
The Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act, exclusion of judicial review
|5||Pre-seen case test (30%) open book|
|Week 12 - 5 May||Practical placement|
Week 13 - 12 May
|Week 14 - 19 May||Merits review, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal||6|
|Week 15 - 26 May||Right to reasons, freedom of information legislation, the Ombudsman||7,8|
|Week 16 - 2 Jun||Final Test (40%) open book|
Introduction to Australian Administrative Law
Administrative Law (LBC Nutshell)
Law Book Company
R Douglas and M Jones
Administrative Law Cases and Materials
The Federation Press
Administrative Law (Butterworths Tutorial Series)
Lane, W.B. and Young, S.
Administrative Law in Australia
Street , S.
Administrative Law (Butterworths Casebook Companions)
Sykes, Lanham, Tracey and Esser
General Principles of Administrative Law
Tomasic and Fleming
Australian Administrative Law
Law Book Company
Australasian Legal Information Institute (www.austlii.edu.au)
CCH Online (www.cch.com.au)
LexisNexis Butterworths Online (www.butterworthsonline.com)
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents (www.legislation.vic.gov.au)
High Court of Australia (www.hcourt.gov.au)
Federal Circuit Court (www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au)
Federal Court of Australia (www.fedcourt.gov.au)
Supreme Court of Victoria (www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au)
County Court of Victoria (www.countycourt.vic.gov.au)
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au)
Administrative Appeals Tribunal ((www.aat.gov.au)
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (www.vcat.vic.gov.au)
Commonwealth Ombudsman (www.comb.gov.au)
Victorian Ombudsman (www.ombudsman.vic.gov.au)
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
Freedom of Information Act 1982
Judiciary Act 1903
Ombudsman Act 1974
Administrative Law Act 1978
Constitution Act 1975
Freedom of Information Act 1983
Ombudsman Act 1973
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998
Overview of Assessment
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:
• Tests/final examination
• Class discussions
• Practical exercises
• Case study analysis
• Short answer questions
• Multiple choice questions
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant curriculum standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.
1.Test 1 30%
2.Test 2 30%
3.Test 3 40%
Description of Assessments
1. Short answer/multiple choice test (closed book)
2. Test involving issues arising from a pre-seen case (open book)
3.Hypothetical scenario test.
Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.
A range of assessment methods may be used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
* tests and examinations in formal settings
* assignments, projects and case study analysis
* direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
* review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
* demonstration of techniques
* Class presentation
HD High Distinction 80-100
DI Distinction 70-79
CR Credit 60-69
PA Pass 50-59
NN Pass 0-49
Critical aspects of assessment
• Knowledge of Administrative Law
• Analysis of the development and structure of the organs of
Government in Australia
• Examination of the legal restraints on the use of government
• Investigation of methods of review of government decisions
and access to government information
Assessment completion requirements
You are required to complete 3 assessment tasks.
To pass this course students must attempt assessments as required which are graded upon submission by the class assessor.
Grading is weighted so that a mark of 50% is a passing grade.
Assessment submission requirements
Assessment tasks need to be submitted via turnitin on Blackboard unless otherwise advised.
* Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
* Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
* When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
* Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
|Learning Outcome||Written Test 1 30%||Written Test 30%||Written Test 3 40%|
|1. Evaluate and assess the development of the organs of government in Australia. Distinguish the executive functions of government from the legislative and judicial functions. Identify the nature of decisions forming the subject matter of administrative law.||X|
|2. Define and analyse subordinate legislation and assess the principles governing delegation of legislative power.||X||X|
|3. Distinguish judicial review of decisions from review on the merits.||X|
|4. Analyse the common law and statutory principles which govern judicial review of decisions.||X||X|
|5. Identify and analyse the preconditions for an application for judicial review at common law or under legislation and the possible remedies available.||X||X|
|6. Analyse and specify the process of review on the merits undertaken by merits review tribunals.||X|
|7. Analyse and evaluate review by the Ombudsman as an alternative to review by an administrative tribunal or judicial review.||X|
|8. Evaluate legislative provisions which provide access to reasons for administrative decisions and documents at Commonwealth and State levels.||X|
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