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Administrative Review Council

The Administrative Review Council (ARC) was an independent policy advisory body established under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975. The Council issued reports and best practice guides on administrative law issues. In 2015, the Council was discontinued and its functions were consolidated into the Attorney General's Department. The Minister for Finance announced this as part of the May 2015 Smaller Government reforms. The Council was not a merits review body. It did not examine individual claims or hear appeals.

Under the Administrative Review Tribunal Act 2024 (ART Act), the Council will be re-established to inquire into systemic challenges in administrative law, monitor the performance of the Commonwealth administrative review system and support education and training for Commonwealth officials.

For copies of the ARC's 50 published reports and other publications, including its best practice guides, visit the Administrative Review Council – Publications page.

Contact details

Council Secretariat, Transparency and Administrative Law Branch, Integrity Frameworks Division