Course Title: Research the application of administrative law

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: LAW5724

Course Title: Research the application of administrative law

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6141 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email: robert.sheen@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 

Luis Quintero

luis.quintero@rmit.edu.au 

 

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research the major areas of administrative law including 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 in order to support the work of a legal office, government department or agency, or organization having dealings with government departments or agencies.

This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office, government department or agency, or organisation having dealings with government departments and/or agencies, or associated fields within public and/or corporate sectors.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21647 Research the application of administrative law

Element:

1.Research the functions of the Australian legal framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research and discuss the development of the constitutional and legal framework of Australia 1.2 Review the structure of government in Australia and the jurisdictions of the Victorian and Federal court hierarchies 1.3 Distinguish between the executive functions of government from the legislative and judicial functions 1.4 Examine and describe the nature of quasi-judicial bodies 1.5 Identify the nature of decisions forming the subject matter of administrative law

Element:

2.Research subordinate legislation and the principles governing delegation of legislative power

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Define the term subordinate legislation and outline its operation 2.2 Examine and discuss the reasons for delegation of legislative power and explain the legal restraints on the delegation of legislative power 2.3 Describe the nature of parliamentary supervision and the control of subordinate legislation

Element:

3.Analyse judicial review of decisions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Research the historical background and features of judicial review, and debate 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 3.3 Compare and contrast judicial review of decisions and review on the merits 3.4 Examine and apply the common law grounds for judicial review of administrative decisions including those made by subordinate legislative bodies and quasi-judicial bodies 3.5 Evaluate and apply 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) 3.6 Compare and debate the grounds for judicial review at common law with the grounds specified in the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 3.7 Examine and discuss legal considerations regarding statutory exclusion of judicial review 3.8 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

Element:

4.Determine the preconditions and apply remedies for an application for judicial review at common law or under legislation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Analyse and apply the requirement of establishing standing with reference to the nature of standing and the effect of a lack of standing 4.2 Identify and apply the possible remedies available in the event of an administrative decision maker acting wrongly, or outside their powers

Element:

5.Identify and apply the process of review on the merits undertaken by merits review tribunals

Performance Criteria:

5.1 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 5.2 Examine, for application, the following features of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth): • the role, composition and powers of the Tribunal • reviewable decisions • standing requirements • procedural aspects • the relevance of government policy to decisions by the tribunal • the enforcement of the tribunal's decisions 5.3 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

Element:

6.Compare for appropriate application, review by the Ombudsman as an alternative to review by an administrative tribunal or judicial review

Performance Criteria:

6.1 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) 6.2 Evaluate the role of the Ombudsman in reviewing administrative decisions with reference to scope of investigative power, procedures adopted and remedies available 6.3 Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of review by the Ombudsman for application to practice

Element:

7.Evaluate and apply Commonwealth and State legislative provisions for obtaining information on administrative decisions

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Review for application the Commonwealth legislation providing access to reasons for and documents on administrative decisions, with reference to: • Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) • Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) 7.2 Review for application the Victorian legislation providing access to reasons for and documents on administrative decisions, with reference to • Freedom of Information Act 1983 (Vic) • Administrative Law Act 1978 (Vic) • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic) 7.3 Distinguish the parameters of, and principles governing access to, reasons and documents on administrative decisions at Commonwealth and Victorian levels, with reference to: • uses of freedom of information legislation • entitlement • exemptions and exclusions • requirements of the statutory duty to provide reasons • requirements as to form


Learning Outcomes



 


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom-based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom-based activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Canvas
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

 

Week Beginning

Topic

Assessment

Week 1 – 5 Feb

The history of government in Australia, Federation

 

Week 2 – 12 Feb

The Australian Constitution, distribution of legislative powers

 

Week 3 – 19 Feb

The Executive and Judicature, the separation of powers, changing the Constitution, Government in Victoria

 

Week 4 – 26 Feb

Courts, tribunals and subordinate legislation

 

Week 5 – 5 Mar

Some key concepts in Administrative Law, sources and history of Administrative Law

 

Week 6 – 12 Mar

Judicial review, ultra vires and lack of jurisdiction

 

Week 7 – 19 Mar

Judicial review continued, errors in the way power used

 

Week 8 – 26 Mar

Defects in procedure, natural justice, the application of administrative law concepts to private bodies

 

Short answer/multiple choice test

 

29 Mar to 4 Apr mid-semester break

 

Week 9 – 9 Apr

Common law and equitable remedies, standing, the Administrative Law Act

 

Week 10 – 16 Apr

The Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act, exclusion of judicial review

Pre-seen case test

Week 11 – 23 Apr

Merits review, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

 

Week 12 – 30 Apr

Right to reasons, freedom of information legislation, the Ombudsman. Course Experience Survey

 

Week 13 – 7 May

Revision

 

Week 14 – 14 May

 

Final Test Open Book

Week 15 – 21 May

 

Resubmissions

Week 16 – 28 May

 

Resubmissions 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Douglas, R., Administrative Law, Butterworths Tutorial Series, 2nd edition


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• investigating and applying methods of review of administrative decisions across a range of administrative law contexts
• investigating and applying methods of accessing government information on administrative decisions
• knowledge of the Australian governmental system and structure and examination of the legal restraints on the use of government power
• knowledge of historical development of the functions, structure and legislative powers of the Australian government and judicial system
• aspects and functions of Administrative Law, such as the application of common law and statutory grounds for review
• the advantages and disadvantages of review by the Ombudsman

Context for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course will be conducted as follows:

Assessment for this course will consist of:

  • A short answer and multiple choice test held in class under closed book conditions.
  • A test based on a decided case involving issues relating to Administrative Law to be held in class under open book conditions.
  • A hypothetical scenario test to be held in class under open book conditions.

To be deemed competent your must successfully complete all assessments.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS 

 

Other Information

Submission Requirements

 

You should:

 

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • 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 the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • 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.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Informationhttps://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/assessment-and-exams/assessment/extensions-of-time-for-submission-of-assessable-work

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information:https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/assessment-and-exams/assessment/special-consideration

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Grading & re-submissions

Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/assessment-and-exams/assessment/adjustments-to-assessment

 

Marking Guide (Competency):

 

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

 

 

Marking Guide (Grading)

 

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

 

Final Grades table:

 

 

CHD

Competent with High Distinction

 

 

CDI

Competent with Distinction

 

 

CC

Competent with Credit

 

 

CAG

Competency Achieved – Graded

 

 

CA

Competency Achieved – Not Graded

 

 

NYC

Not Yet Competent

 

 

DNS

Did Not Submit for assessment

 

    

 

 

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

 

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