Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 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. 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 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


Students must be active in the Juris Doctor/Grad Dip Legal Practice [12334] or Master of Laws [12333] and have successfully completed the following courses:



(LAWS6120 and LAWS6121) or LAWS6002B AND

(LAWS6130 or LAWS6003B) AND

(LAWS6140 and LAWS6141) or LAWS6004B.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6120, LAWS6121, LAWS6130, LAWS6140, LAWS6141, LAWS6006

Assessment items

In Term Test: Online Multiple Choice Test

Written Assignment: Written 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.