Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject principally examines the legal limitations on the power of the federal and state executive governments to make decisions, and the legal mechanisms available to aggrieved persons for challenging and reviewing the exercise of such powers. The mechanisms examined at the federal level include judicial review of administrative action under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth), merits review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Related mechanisms which are examined include rights to be given reasons for decisions upon request, freedom of information schemes, and non-legal mechanisms for reviewing government action. The subject also examines administrative law and practice through the lens of administrative law and public law theory.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar participation and assignment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Control of Government Action: Text, Case & Commentary

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCreyke, Groves, McMillan & Smith



PublisherLexis Nexis Australia


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Administrative Law (LexisNexis Questions and Answers)

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJ Barnes and R Douglas



PublisherLexisNexis Butterworths


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Advance to critically analyse issues of administrative law and public law theory, and learn independently
02. Employ Critical analysis to interpret complex change.
03. Compose clear legal opinions which address, a range of complex problems for advice based on Administrative Law.
04. Analyse case management situations, and conclude whether clients' aims are likely to be achieved by recourse by the client to administrative law review.
05. Formulate submissions of high professional standard to address issues of administrative law before courts and tribunal

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.50 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Seminar preparation exercises (1,500 words) Between weeks 3-9 students submit two written responses to our weekly classroom discussion scenario (they choose the week to submit)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Casefile assignment (2000 word equivalent) Students are provided with a casefile from which they prepare submission for a judicial review action (class content from weeks 1-9)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO5

End of semester assignment (2000 word equivalent) Students are provided with a casefile of facts from which they prepare submission for a merits review action (class content from weeks 10-11)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO5