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Administrative Law Introductory Module

Administrative law (1 day)

Who should attend

For decision-makers in government departments, authorities and business enterprises, and those who advise them, this is an introductory course targeted to non-lawyers and lawyers who are new to government.

Course outline

Since the 1970s there has been a phenomenal growth in the amount and complexity of Commonwealth and State legislation regulating the way government interacts with its citizens. Administrative law-related legislation has significant implications for the way government agencies make decisions and exercise powers. The actions of government agencies are controlled by the courts, particularly through legislation which gives citizens rights of external review in relation to government action.

This course focuses on the fundamental principles of administrative law which must be followed in order to make legally defensible decisions. These principles include procedural fairness (or natural justice), lack of power, relevant considerations and the no evidence rule. The course will also briefly canvass how a person affected by a government decision or action can seek review by administrative tribunals and courts.

The course is interactive, using practical examples, group discussions and 'hypotheticals' to illustrate how the principles examined apply in practice. Course materials written in clear, non-legal language will be given to each participant for future reference.


Participants in this course will gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles that must be followed by all public sector decision-makers. Attendees will leave the course with the capacity to apply these principles in their day-to-day work so as to ensure their decisions and actions can successfully be defended in review proceedings.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who have extensive experience in the practise of administrative law.


The course runs for 1 full day: 9 am – 4.30 pm.


Standard fee – $920 (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.