University of Technology Sydney

70617 Administrative Law

Requisite(s): 70616c Australian Constitutional Law
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Administrative law regulates decisions and actions of government. This subject considers various mechanisms designed to control the conduct of officials who exercise broad discretionary powers, from government ministers to public servants and tribunal members. These fall into three main groups. First, what's known as the integrity branch includes the ombudsman, freedom of information requests, privacy rules and anti-corruption watchdogs. Second, tribunals regularly exercise merits review of government decisions. Therefore, this subject explores in particular the powers of the federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Third, the courts exercise supervision over the executive arm of government by conducting judicial review of executive decisions and actions. Around half of class time in this subject is devoted to the large and complex body of law which has developed to spell out the central principles of judicial review and the rights of the individual in dealing with government through administrative law.

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