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 Administrative Review Council – Publications

The following publications were released by the Administrative Review Council between 1978 and 2012. Publications not held on this page (including annual reports, administrative law bulletins and letters of advice) are available from the National Library of Australia's Trove archive.

The best practice guides and associated materials are still regarded as good policy. However, they have not been updated to reflect any changes in case law or relevant legislation.

Best practice guides and other publications

What decisions should be subject to merit review? 1999

ARC Best Practice Guide 1—Lawfulness

ARC Best Practice Guide 2—Natural Justice

ARC Best Practice Guide 3—Evidence Facts and Findings

ARC Best Practice Guide 4—Reasons

ARC Best Practice Guide 5—Accountability

Practical Guidelines for preparing statements of reasons, 2000—revised 2002

Commentary on the Practical Guidelines, 2000—revised 2002

A Guide to Standards of Conduct for Tribunal Members—Revised 2009

The Scope of Judicial Review Discussion Paper, 2003 

The purpose of the discussion paper is to explore the desirable balance between the right of an individual to test the legality of administrative action by way of judicial review and the need to ensure that as a result of the exercise of this right, the work of government is not unreasonably frustrated.

Automated Assistance in Administrative Decision-making Issues Paper, 2003

The Issues Paper explores the recent trend in government administration of implementing specialised computer programs, or expert systems, to assist decision makers in performing their responsibilities.

Legal Training for Primary Decision Makers: a Curriculum Guideline, 2004

The Curriculum Guideline sets out the core elements of law for use in the training of primary decision makers. The Guideline represents a framework within which agencies will be able to develop training programs reflecting their own needs and circumstances. It will be of interest to anyone involved in the development and delivery of training programs in the public sector.

Reports and guidance material 1978-2012

Report No.50 Federal Judicial Review in Australia, 2012.

Report No.49 Administrative Accountability in Business Areas Subject to Complex and Specific Regulation, 2008.

Report No. 48 The Coercive Information-gathering Powers of Government Agencies, 2008.

Report No. 47 The Scope of Judicial Review, 2006.

Report No.46 Automated Assistance in Administrative Decision Making, 2004

Report No.45 Report on the Council of Australasian Tribunals, 2002

Report No.44 This Report uses survey data from five Commonwealth agencies to examine issues in relation to the internal review of agency decisions, 2000

Report No.43 Administrative Review of Patents Decisions, 1998

Report No.42 The Contracting Out of Government Services, 1998

Report No.41 Appeals from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to the Federal Court, 1997

Report No.40 Open Government: a review of the federal Freedom of Information Act 1982, 1995

Report No.39 Better Decisions: review of Commonwealth Merits Review Tribunals, 1995

Report No.38 Government Business Enterprises and Commonwealth Administrative Law, 1995

Report No.37 Administrative Review and Funding Decisions (A Case Study of Community Services Programs), 1994

Report No.36 Environmental Decisions and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 1994

Report No.35 Rule Making by Commonwealth Agencies, 1992

Report No.34 Access to Administrative Review by Members of Australia's Ethnic Communities, 1991

Report No.33 Review of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act: Statements of Reasons for Decisions, 1991

Report No.32 Review of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act: the Ambit of the Act, 1989

Report No.31 Review of Decisions under Industry Research and Development Legislation, 1988

Report No.30 Access to Administrative Review: Provision of Legal and Financial Assistance in Administrative Law Matters, 1988

Report No.29 Constitution of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 1987

Report No.28 Review of Customs and Excise Decisions: Stage Three Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Decisions, 1987

Report No.27 Access to Administrative Review: Stage One Notification of Decisions and Rights of Review, 1986

Report No.26 Review of Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977: Stage 1, 1986

Report No.25 Review of Migration Decisions, 1985

Report No.24 Review of Customs and Excise Decisions: Stage 4: Censorship, 1985

Report No.23 Review of Customs and Excise Decisions: Stage Two, 1985

Report No.22 The Relationship Between the Ombudsman and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 1985

Report No.21 The Structure and Form of Social Security Appeals, 1984

Report No.20 Review of Pension Decisions under Repatriation Legislation, 1983

Report No.19 Rights of Review under the Migration Act 1958 and Related Legislation: Interim Report on the Constitution of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 1983

Report No.18 Compensation (Commonwealth Government Employees) Act 1971 - Amendments, 1983

Report No.17 Review of Taxation Decisions by Boards of Review, 1983

Report No.16 Decisions under the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942, 1982

Report No.15 Australian Federal Police Act 1979: Sections 38 & 39, 1982

Report No.14 Land Use in the ACT, 1981

Report No.13 Commonwealth Employees' Compensation Tribunal, 1981

Report No.12 Australian Broadcasting Tribunal Procedures, 1981

Report No.11 Student Assistance Review Tribunals, 1981

Report No.10 Shipping Registration Bill, 1980

Report No.9 Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Amendment Bill 1980, 1980

Report No.8 Social Security Appeals, 1980

Report No.7 Citizenship Review and Appeals System, 1980

Report No.6 Entry to Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island, 1979

Report No.5 Defence Force Ombudsman, 1979

Report No.4 Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 - Amendments, 1979

Report No.3 Review of Import Control and Customs By-Law Decisions, 1979

Report No.2 Repatriation Appeals, 1979

Report No.1 Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 - Exclusions under Section 19, 1978  ​​​​​​