This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research the major areas of administrative law including the structure of government in Australia, the legal restraints on the use of governmental power, methods of review of government decisions and access to government information in order to support the work of a legal office, government department or agency, or organization having dealings with government departments or agencies.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication skills to work with clients, colleagues, management, relevant specialist personnel under direction, independently or within a team; - research and analytical skills to identify and debate a wide range of administrative law provisions and issues; - research, analytical and organisational skills to identify and evaluate sources of legal information; - research and analytical skills to determine appropriate processes and actions particular to a range of administrative law circumstances and contexts; - analytical and problem-solving skills to determine appropriate remedies and avenues of review, and; - analytical, literacy and technical writing skills to interpret information, prepare documents and reports.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - Federal, State and local government legislative and statutory requirements and provisions pertaining to administrative law; - Australian governmental system and structure; - historical development of the organs of government in Australia; - constitutional and legal framework; - subordinate legislation and delegation of legislative power; - judicial and merits review of administrative decisions; - Ombudsman functions and duties; - access to reasons for administrative decisions, and; - access to Freedom of Information.

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