Administrative Law

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Administrative law governs the rules and procedures for challenging decisions made under legislation, or made by government officials or agencies. Decisions to refuse or cancel visas, about social security payments and freedom of information legislation, are common examples of the types of decisions that are reviewed using administrative law.



  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal - The Administrative Appeals Tribunal provides an independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government and some non-government bodies.
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal - QCAT makes decisions on a range of matters for the first time (original decisions) and reviews decisions previously made by government agencies and statutory authorities (review decisions) across a range of areas.
  • Queensland Ombudsman - The Queensland Ombudsman independently reviews the actions of state government agencies, local government and some universities.
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman - The Commonwealth Ombudsman handles complaints, conducts investigations, performs audits and inspections, encourages good administration, and carries out specialist oversight tasks.
  • Information Commissioner Queensland - The Information Commissioner is Queensland's independent statutory body established under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) to promote access to government-held information, and to protect people's personal information held by the public sector.
  • Australian Information Commissioner - The Australian Information Commissioner is an Australian Government agency which has functions relating to freedom of information, privacy and government information policy.


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