Who should attend

This session has been designed as a practical workshop for lawyers and officers with roles involving preparing statements of reasons for administrative decisions. Participants will have a working familiarity with the role of a statement of reasons as explaining the basis for a decision and facilitating administrative law review of that decision.

Outline and objective

In this half-day course we will use practical scenarios and worked examples to explore:

  • the significance and importance of robust and persuasive reasons
  • the technical requirements for a statement of reasons
  • approaches to the drafting of reasons for maximum efficacy and persuasiveness
  • the relationship between decision-making and reasons, including how to use a statement of reasons process to enhance decision-making
  • scrutiny and review of reasons.

The session will incorporate scenarios to develop practical skills for preparing effective statements of reasons for decisions.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment, and who practise extensively in this area of law.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am to 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 5 pm. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided on courses run through the training calendar.


Standard fee – $440 (inclusive of GST) per person. No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course, and courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.