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Appointments to the Administrative Review Council

Information about the Administrative Review Council

The Administrative Review Council (the Council) is an independent statutory body, that was first established under the Administrative Appeals Act 1975 as a key element of the administrative review system. The Council, which has not operated since 2015-16, will be re‑established following commencement of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024 (ART Act). The ART Act provides the Council will be an expert body to monitor, advise on and promote the operation and integrity of the Commonwealth administrative review system.

The functions of the Council include to:

  • monitor the integrity of the Commonwealth administrative review system
  • inquire into and report on systemic challenges in administrative law, and
  • support education and training for Commonwealth officials in relation to making administrative decisions and the administrative law system.

The Council will strive for excellence in research and analysis ensuring that the Council's reporting and recommendations promote a system of administrative law and administrative decision making that is as effective as it can be. The Council's publications will be relied upon to support better decision making across government.

The Australian Government is re-establishing the Council under the ART Act to support better decision-making across government. The Chair and member appointments will take effect following commencement of the ART Act.

The Council will comprise a Chair and up to 10 members appointed by the Governor‑General, in addition to ex-officio members. The Council will be supported by a Secretariat within the Attorney‑General's Department.

Further information about the Council, including the Council's reports and other publications, is available on the Attorney-General's Department website.

Role of Council members and Chair of the Council

Council members will be expected to:

  • provide professional leadership to the Council, including by
    • identifying emerging trends and opportunities to enhance Commonwealth administrative law and decision making
    • establishing and maintaining confidence in the Council and its role in the administrative law system, and
    • liaising with diverse stakeholders and building collaborative relationships to strengthen the Commonwealth system of administrative review
  • lead legal research and the development of high quality reports and guidance, and 
  • represent the Council at national conferences workshops and other forums as required.

The Chair of the Council will have additional functions including:

  • convening the meetings of the Council, at any time as necessary for the efficient performance of the Council functions,
  • presiding at meetings of the Council, and
  • representing the Council in the media.

Under the provisions of the Administrative Review Tribunal Act, the Secretary of the Attorney‑General's Department will provide staff to perform services for the Council. Before doing so, she must consult with the Chair of the Council.

Eligibility

Applicants for the position of Council member will have appropriate qualifications, knowledge or experience in relation to administrative law and administrative decision making, as required under section 254 of the ART Act, including:

  1. an extensive knowledge of administrative law or public administration; or
  2. extensive experience providing legal services related to administrative law; or
  3. direct experience, and has direct knowledge, of the needs of people, or groups of people, significantly affected by government decisions; or
  4. is an official of a Commonwealth entity who:
    1. is an Agency Head (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or
    2. is an SES employee; or
    3. holds a position that is equivalent to, or higher than, a position occupied by an 
      SES employee.

Selection criteria

In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, applicants for appointment as member of the Council will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Possesses extensive expertise in public law and administrative decision making, or public administration expertise, or experience or knowledge of the needs of people, or groups of people, significantly affected by government decisions
  • Shapes strategic thinking
  • Achieves results
  • Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Communicates with influence.

Applicants are also invited to indicate in their application whether they wish to be considered for appointment as Chair of the Council. Candidates for appointment as Chair of the Council will demonstrate strong leadership with capacity to lead and manage the Council.

Terms and conditions of appointment

All appointments will be on a part-time basis for a specified term of no more than five years.

Candidates must be willing to travel interstate as required to deliver the functions of the Council.

Remuneration and allowances for the position are set by the Remuneration Tribunal and updated from time to time. Remuneration Tribunal (Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Part-time Public Office) Determination 2024 can be viewed on the Remuneration Tribunal website.

How to apply

Apply through the online application form

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on 26 July 2024.

Applications must be completed using the online application form and must include:

  • a completed statement of claims (1000-word limit) against the eligibility and selection criteria
  • an indication of whether you meet the statutory eligibility criteria for appointment
  • an indication of interest for appointment as Chair of the Council
  • the names and contact details of at least two referees who have direct and relevant experience of your work. You will be notified prior to referees being contacted
  • an uploaded resume no longer than 4 pages, outlining skills, expertise, experience.

The department is committed to providing an accessible, inclusive work environment to enable people with a disability to participate fully in all aspects of employment. Applicants are encouraged to request reasonable adjustment as required to assist your participation in this recruitment process.

Contact

Enquiries about the positions or application can be emailed to appointments@ag.gov.au.

Assessment process

Applicants will be initially assessed by a panel on their written application. Shortlisted applicants will be further assessed by the panel at interview. 

A shortlist of suitable candidates will be provided to the Attorney-General for consideration for recommendation to the Governor-General for appointment.

Communication

All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provide is correct. We strongly recommend that you use a personal email address rather than your work email address to ensure you do not miss relevant updates or invitations. Additionally, please regularly check your junk or spam folders for the same reason.