Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The study of Administrative Law involves examination of the legal rules and institutions through which governmental decision-making is authorised, effected, limited and reviewed. This course examines both the exercise of executive power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions can be supervised, controlled and challenged. Whilst judicial review of administrative action is at the heart of the course, extra-judicial mechanisms (including merits review and the ombudsmen) are also considered. Means of accessing information held by the administration are also evaluated.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Developed knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law.

2. Advanced skills in analysis and critique of relevant primary and secondary legal materials.

3. Advanced capacity to apply legal reasoning and provide appropriate responses to hypothetical administrative law problems.

4. Critical appreciation of the circumstances in which administrative law may be relevant.

5. Critical understanding of lacunae and uncertainties in administrative law.

6. Advanced skills in written communication, in the context of administrative law.


The course will comprise six key areas of study:

  • The Nature and Functions of Administrative Law;
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Action;
  • (Extra-judicial) Merits Review of Administrative Action (including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal);
  • Delegated legislation
  • Means of investigating administrative action (the Ombudsman);
  • Access to information held by the administration (Freedom of Information and Privacy Law).

The course will develop the following skills in particular:

  • Content Management
  • Advanced Statutory Interpretation
  • Social Justice


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4001.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Online Multiple Choice Test

Written Assignment: Case Analysis

Formal Examination: Open Book Formal Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.