Government officials must make decisions fairly and according to the law, and they can be challenged on improper decisions. The people involved can ask for reasons for decisions and take decisions made in error to the courts to be reviewed. There are time limits, and judicial review is not a rehearing on the merits. The AAT and VCAT are the administrative review tribunals for decisions by Commonwealth and state government bodies.

More information about appealing government and administrative decisions

Last updated

30 June 2018

Further reading on administrative law includes:

  • McKenzie, F 2006, Administrative Power and the Law: Australian Law in Practice (available from the author at
  • Nekvapil, E 2017, Pizer’s Annotated VCAT Act, 6th edn, Lawbook.
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