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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.

Dr Geoff Airo-Farulla

Dr Geoff Airo-Farulla has been State Director Queensland and Northern Territory for the Commonwealth Ombudsman since 2004. Prior to this, he served as 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.

The Advanced Administrative Law course will be structured around four 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 mechanisms does it employ?
  2. The internal law of administrative agencies:
    • Governance structures
    • Employment, merit protection and regulating conduct
    • Spending money
    • Relationships with ministers, parliament, lobbyists
  3. Basic principles and recent developments:
    • Statutory interpretation
    • Access to information
    • Merits review
    • Local government
  4. Hard doctrine:
    • Separation of powers
    • Questions of law and questions of fact
    • Justiciability and standing
    • Procedural fairness
    • Rationality grounds
    • Jurisdictional error
    • Privative clauses

Course information

Course code

10, 11 March, 28, 29 April 2017


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