Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the exercise of statutory power by administrative agencies and officials, and the means by which administrative decisions may be reviewed and challenged. Mechanisms for extra-judicial redress such as ombudsmen and freedom of information legislation are also considered.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of administrative law.

2. Demonstrate further development of skills in analysis and critique of relevant primary and secondary legal materials.

3. Apply legal reasoning in order to provide expert advice in response to hypothetical administrative law problems;

4. Critically appreciate the broader context in which administrative law may be relevant.

5. Demonstrate reflective understanding of gaps and uncertainties in administrative law.

6. Undertake autonomous research related to complex, contemporaneous jurisprudence.

7. Prepare advanced level written communication in the context of administrative law.


The content in this course includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. The Nature and Functions of Administrative Law.
  2. Judicial Review of Administrative Action.
  3. (Extra-judicial) Merits Review of Administrative Action (including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal).
  4. Means of investigating administrative action (the Ombudsman).
  5. Access to information held by the administration (Freedom of Information and Privacy Law).


This course is only available to students who are active in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program and have successfully completed LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A&B, LAWS6003A&B and LAWS6004A&B.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005, LAWS6006.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Forum

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Video Presentation of Case Analysis

In Term Test: Take home exam

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