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MLL424 - Administrative Law


2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:MLL324
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: David Tan
Trimester 3: Colin Campbell
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only





Incompatible with: MLL324
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


The unit initially considers the nature of public power in the context of Australian constitutionalism, with a particular emphasis on administrative decision-making.  It then examines the scope and limits of judicial review of administrative action, including the grounds and remedies available to courts of law.  Judicial review is subsequently contrasted with extra judicial modes of review by administrative tribunals and by ombudsmen. Finally, the unit considers the importance of information about government decision-making, and how information can be obtained from government agencies under freedom of information and other laws.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and explain the principles of administrative law and the accountability mechanisms that exist to ensure government accountability; and how these principles relate to individuals, their legal representatives, and arms of government acting in a fair and ethical manner.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO8: Global citizenship


Communicate discipline knowledge in writing to a legal audience using appropriate language, consistent with legal conventions.

GLO2: Communication


Apply appropriate research strategies for locating the relevant law on legal issues.

GLO5: Problem solving

Critically analyse complex fact situations and apply discipline knowledge to reach well-reasoned conclusions and to generate accurate and relevant responses

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assignment: Report (Research) 3000 words 50% Information not yet available
Examination (Open Book) 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL424 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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