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.
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 discuss and document findings
• research and analytical skills to:
• identify and discuss a wide range of administrative law provisions and issues
• identify and evaluate sources of legal information
• determine appropriate processes and actions particular to a range of administrative law circumstances and contexts
• determine appropriate remedies and avenues of review
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, including:
• 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
• access to Freedom of Information
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by Victoria University Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):