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Administrative Law Introductory Module

CDDA – making it right

Who should attend

Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration (CDDA) decision-makers, officers who handle CDDA matters, and agency staff more broadly will benefit from this course.

Course outline

Individuals, companies and organisations who have suffered detriment due to defective administration may make claims under the Commonwealth's CDDA scheme.

In 2009, the CDDA scheme was the subject of both a published Commonwealth Ombudsman's investigation report and a revised Finance Circular issued by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

Both the Ombudsman report and the Finance Circular support improved administration and decision-making in the CDDA context. For those officers who deal with CDDA matters it is an appropriate time to consider the most efficient, proper and fair way to manage the scheme and cases under it.

This course focuses on both the policy aim of the scheme – to provide compensation where warranted – and the best way to administer the CDDA scheme and make decisions under it, including:

  • a description of CDDA and its relationship to other compensatory mechanisms administered by the Commonwealth
  • the discussion and illustration of the decision-making criteria for CDDA as specified in the Finance Circular
  • the relevance of procedural fairness and other administrative law principles to CDDA decision-making
  • practical exercises in the identification and resolution of CDDA claims.


CDDA is an integral part of Commonwealth public administration. This new course will increase staff knowledge and awareness of best practice in this area, and enhance confidence and efficiency in dealing with CDDA matters.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who practise extensively in the areas of information access and administrative law.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $580 (inclusive of GST) per person.

No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and each course will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.