University of Technology Sydney

70617 Administrative Law

Requisite(s): 70616c Australian Constitutional Law
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In this subject, we consider the various tools that we can use to control government power. The executive government holds a significant degree of power to make decisions which impact the lives and well-being of people and businesses. Administrative law is concerned with regulating those decisions and actions of government.

There are two broad categories of tools that we consider in this subject. First, we consider mechanisms that exist outside the courts which play a role in controlling government power. These include bodies such as tribunals, ombudsmen and integrity commissions.

Secondly, we consider the primary tool used by the courts to control government power: judicial review. Judicial review enables the courts to scrutinise government decisions and conduct to ensure that the exercise of public power remains within legal limits. In cases where limits are exceeded, the courts can issue remedies which reinforce those limits and in some cases offer relief to those affected.

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