Public Law and Government

This subject examines the legislative, constitutional and government framework that is the basis of our system of government. This subject attempts to address state issues but is primarily focused on the federal level of government. It includes an overview of the Corporations Act 2001.

 Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the legislative, constitutional and government framework that underpins Australian administrative law
  2. Identify and apply the key principles of administrative law under the Westminster system
  3. Gain a strategic understanding of the application of administrative law
  4. Recognise the scope and limitations of the powers conferred to an organisation and the relevant delegations or authorisations to its executives through the law
  5. Develop the skills to apply administrative law in analysis of public policy and management in the context of governance in Commonwealth, states/territories and local government

Indicative content

  • Legislative framework
  • Federalism and state administrative law
  • Government entities and enterprises
  • Corporatisation of government
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Relationship between public servants and elected officials
  • Intergovernmental arrangements
  • Merits review and management of information
  • Judicial review of administrative action
  • Managing misconduct in the public sector
  • Accountability in the public sector
  • Applying administrative law

Required texts


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