Administrative law is central to the functioning of Australian governments. This course will bring you up to date with current developments in administrative law and engage you in analysing its mechanisms, values and impact. It will also introduce you to the fundamental principles of good governance for administrative agencies, and deepen your understanding of administrative law’s fundamental doctrines and principles.

The Advanced Administrative Law course will be structured around three key themes:

1. Administrative law – definitions and theories

  • What is administrative law?
  • What is it supposed to do?
  • What values does it promote?
  • What impact does it have?
  • What are its organising principles?

2. The internal law of administrative agencies

  • Governance structures
  • Employment regulating conduct
  • Spending public money
  • Controlling information

3. Basic principles and recent developments

  • Statutory interpretation
  • Procedural Fairness
  • Merits review
  • Jurisdictional error
  • Rationality review
  • Remedies and correcting errors

Dr Geoff Airo-Farulla

Dr Geoff Airo-Farulla is an Assistant Ombudsman in the Queensland Ombudsman’s Office. Prior to this, he was Director, Operations North in the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office, and before that, a senior lecturer in the Griffith Law School and Director of the Governance and Regulation program within the Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University. He has also served terms on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Queensland Gaming Commission.

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This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course. 

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