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Judicial Review in Australia


Closing date

In 2011, the Administrative Review Council (ARC) examined federal judicial review, and assessed whether the existing system for judicial review of administrative decisions met current needs. The aim of the review is to make recommendations for the future direction of judicial review.

Judicial review plays an important role in Australia‘s system of government as a means of ensuring the accountability of public officials for the legality of their actions. Judicial review at a federal level has been available under the Constitution since the inception of the Commonwealth. More than thirty years have passed since the commencement of the ADJR Act in 1980. The increase in judicial review litigation during this period has led to major developments in the legal principles associated with judicial review.

Consultation paper

Judicial Review in Australia consultation paper

Consultation or review
In 2011, the Administrative Review Council (ARC) published a consultation paper and called for submissions from all areas of the community, including those with a special interest in judicial review.  


Submissions received for the Judicial Review in Australia consultation

In 2011, the following submissions were received for the Judicial Review in Australia consultation.

Final report

Report 50 - Federal Judicial Review in Australia 2012

In September 2012, the final report into Australia's judicial review system was published. It makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving the accessibility and efficiency of federal judicial review.