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.
Best practice guides and other publications
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.
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.
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.
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