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Australian Government Attorney General's Department - Administrative Review Council

About us

Since the mid-1970s, Australia has developed a system of administrative review that is both comprehensive and integrated, balancing the provision of justice for the individual citizen, against the interests of the Government in implementing the programs and policies for which it was elected. The Administrative Review Council is an integral part of that system.

The Federal system of administrative review plays two fundamental roles:

  • it improves the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of government decision-making, and

  • it enables individuals to test the lawfulness and the merits of decisions which affect them.

Its key elements are as follows:

The Federal system of administrative review plays two fundamental roles:

  • it improves the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of government decision-making, and

  • it enables individuals to test the lawfulness and the merits of decisions which affect them.

Its key elements are as follows:

The role of the Council

In May 1996, twenty years after its establishment, the Council decided that its ongoing role should be:

To ensure that the administrative decision-making processes of the Commonwealth Government are correct according to law and accord with administrative law values, by working with all relevant interests — political, bureaucratic and community based.

Those administrative law values include: fairness; honesty; transparency; and, ensuring that decisions are correct or preferable.

Administrative Review Council, Twentieth Annual Report 1995-1996 (1996) 1.6.

Information published by the Council (Information Publication Scheme)

The Council has developed an Agency Plan under the Information Publication Scheme in the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The Plan sets out what information the Council will make available and how this information will be published.

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