Courses & Units

Administrative Law LAW204



Compulsory unit in all Law degrees.


Provides a critical overview of the general principles of administrative law as they operate in areas such as judicial review, merits review, Ombudsman and Freedom of Information. Topics that may be covered, at a general level, in the course include an introduction to some of the theoretical issues underlying administrative law, the role of the State, the governmental structures that influence the administrative law system, the principles of good administration and the protection of individual rights; the nature of discretionary decision making, and theories of decision making; practical applications of the theories; the requirement of giving reasons for decisions; freedom of information legislation, both Commonwealth and State and internal and external review of decisions, including the administrative appeals mechanisms; a theoretical review of judicial review; the practice of judicial review, with special reference to the Commonwealth experience; principles expressed in judicial review, including procedural fairness; public law issues such as justiciability, standing and rule making; and the public/private divide.


Unit name Administrative Law
Unit code LAW204
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Phillipa McCormack

Teaching staff

Dr Phillipa McCormack

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090999

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Teaching Pattern

2x 50 min lectures; 50 min seminars (10 weeks)


1x 1,500 word essay (25%); 1x 2,500 word take home exam (50%); 1x 1,000 word reflective journal (15%); seminar participation (10%).

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Roger Douglas, Michael Head, Yee-Fui Ng, Margaret Hyland (eds) Douglas and Jones's administrative law (The Federation Press, 8th ed, 2018).


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