Course Title: Administrative Law

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6070

Course Title: Administrative Law

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 51.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T TAFE Business


Term2 2008,
Term2 2010,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Doug Cole

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5424

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This modules covers the development and structure of the organs of government in Australia, the constitutional framework, subordinate legislation, judicial review of administrative decisions, merits review of administrative decisions, the Ombudsman, access to reasons for administrative decisions and Freedom of Information

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LAW5040 Legal Process [VBM898]

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBM908 Administrative Law

Learning Outcomes

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.
2. Define and analyse subordinate legislation and assess the principles governing delegation of legislative power.
3. Distinguish judicial review of decisions from review on the merits.
4. Analyse the common law and statutory principles which govern judicial review of decisions.
5. Identify and analyse the preconditions for an application for judicial review at common law or under legislation and the possible remedies available.
6. Analyse and specify the process of review on the merits undertaken by merits review tribunals.
7. Analyse and evaluate review by the Ombudsman as an alternative to review by an administrative tribunal or judicial review.
8. Evaluate legislative provisions which provide access to reasons for administrative decisions and documents at Commonwealth and State Levels.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of written tests.