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Administrative Law

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW20010

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) – completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australi1

This unit enables students, through the study of cases, statutes and other material, to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and competence in, Australian administrative law. Students learn the legal relationship between the citizen and the state. Administrative law regulates the powers of the state and prescribes the procedures the state must follow when exercising those powers and the remedies available to citizens when it does not do so. Knowledge of administrative law is essential to understanding the law governing the operation of the executive branch government in Australia and the rights and remedies of citizens when dealing with it.


After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate Australian administrative law and related policy debates and reform proposals
  • Locate and interpret legislation applicable to administrative law and use Hansard and other extrinsic aids to assist with its interpretation
  • Describe the relationship between case law and legislation, and the importance of the history of a statutory provision to its interpretation
  • Apply administrative law to factual situations and effectively advise and communicate with clients and others about their rights and obligations Conduct administrative law related research and use the results of that research to develop a legal argument.