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LAWS12061 Administrative Law
Administrative Law
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General Information


LAWS12061 Administrative Law examines the legal rules, principles and procedures applied by the courts and administrative tribunals to review and check the exercise of executive power and the legality of administrative (executive) action and decision-making, especially insofar as they affect the rights, interests and legitimate expectations of individuals and the public. It also looks at the constitutional, statutory, common law and equitable remedies available against invalid executive action and decision-making. Topics you will study in this unit include: the organisation and structure of the administration; administrative law theory; common law and statutory avenues of judicial review at Commonwealth and State level; grounds of judicial review; remedies; crown immunity; the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; statutory review; and Freedom of Information. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for administrative law.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: 24 credit points of law

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluations


Unit material presented in an engaging and passionate manner: "I really enjoyed the way Jacob stepped through the tutorial questions and explained the concepts. It was the most organised and well-resourced law unit I've done in a while" "I have had many lecturers throughout my study, however, none have been as considerate or as engaging as Dr Deem. His methods were extremely easy to engage with and he would consistently endeavour to ensure everyone understood a topic before progressing"


Maintain and extend engagement with students in a manner that allows UC's passion for the subject matter to shine through.

Feedback from Student evaluations


Participation and engagement in tutorials could have been better: "There was a lack of participation in the tutorials. Some kind of incentive to attend would have been good. Despite this Jacob dealt with the challenge exceptionally well though and ran very informative tutorials"


As a matter of student equity it is not possible to offer incentives for tutorial attendance or participation. However, additional strategies are being explored to encourage participation in tutorial exercises.

Feedback from Student evaluations


Feedback on assessments was well-received: "Jacob provides some of the best feedback I have ever received on my assessments. I didn't expect to like Admin Law as much as I did!"


Live feedback following the advocacy exercise offers an excellent opportunity to provide detailed comments on students' performance in a caring manner that means it can be taken in its context. This practice should continue.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply and critique the legal rules and procedures applied by the courts and administrative tribunals to review the legality of administrative (executive) action and decision-making.
  2. Analyse and apply the range of remedies available against invalid executive action and decision-making.
  3. Work individually and in groups in an effective, professional and reflective manner to develop persuasive oral and written arguments.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Discussion - 10%
2 - Practical Assessment - 40%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

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This information will be available on Monday 16 October 2023
Academic Integrity Statement

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