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Douglas and Jones’s Administrative Law


Fully revised and updated to include the latest administrative law decisions, Douglas and Jones is a leading text on administrative law. Notable for its accessibility and background material, the authorship of the 8th edition has been expanded. Roger Douglas and Professor Michael Head are joined by two other experienced administrative law educators, Yee-Fui Ng and Margaret Hyland.

Key Features of the New Edition:

  • Full analysis of the High Court’s recent decisions in Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd v Wilson on invalidity and Graham v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on judicial review and jurisdictional error.
  • Chapters on non-judicial review have been revised to take account of the Commonwealth tribunal amalgamations and related developments up to late 2017.
  • Analysis of the revamped Legislation Act 2003 (Cth) dealing with delegated legislation.
  • Updated to include every major High Court administrative law case since the 7th edition.
  • Inclusion of important extracts from High Court rulings, such as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v WZARH on procedural fairness, Plaintiff M64/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on relevant considerations, Wei v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on jurisdictional error, Argos Pty Ltd v Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development on standing and Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Li on unreasonableness.


Reviews of previous editions:

The book is essentially a students' book of cases and materials. However it is also useful to the practitioner who does not deal with problems in administrative law on a regular basis ... The book is a good introduction to the subject and would enable a student to obtain a good basic understanding would enable the practitioner in the field to obtain a lead into what he or she would have to master to deal with the problem in administrative law that has recently landed on the desk. — (2009) 83 ALJ 774

[T]he book provides a comprehensive coverage of administrative law for students and legal practitioners, particularly with its commentary and extracts from case law and legislation and the Notes and Questions sprinkled throughout the text. It would be a useful addition to any law library. — Australian Law Librarian, Vol 18 No 1, 2010

... I can thoroughly recommend this work. It is well-written, well set out, up to date, and it gives comprehensive coverage of the subject. It is well worth the purchase. It is prepared and written by an obvious expert. — Damien J Cremean, Law Institute Journal of Victoria, October 2009

This edition introduces new excerpts from recent High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court decisions and a section on human rights legislation in the ACT and Victoria. Even in areas where there has been no significant development in case law or legislation since the last edition, commentary has been updated to include references to recent articles and reports. The text not only states the existing law, but also foreshadows the possible future directions of development. Extracts from Australian Law Reform Commission and Administrative Review Council reports are provided, reviews and inquiries in relation to law reform are referred to and the impact of human rights legislation in the United Kingdom is noted as indicating a possible catalyst for similar developments here. The law is current to 1 November 2008. — Ethos, ACT Law Society Journal, June 2009

Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
1. Issues and Problems in Australian Administrative Law
2. The Rise (and Decline?) of Administrative Law
3. Freedom of Information and Government Secrecy
4. Understanding Decisions: Reasons, Discovery and Evidence
5. Auditors-General, Corruption Commissions and Whistleblowers
6. Investigating Administrative Conduct: The Ombudsman
7. Administrative Review on the Merits
8. Delegated Legislation
9. The Duty to Act within Powers
10. The Exercise of Discretionary Power
11. The Duty to Act for Proper Purposes and According to Relevant Considerations
12. Duties in Relation to Findings of Fact
13. Reasonableness, Rationality and Other Limitations to Administrative Decision-Making
14. The Right to Procedural Fairness: General Principles
15. The Right to be “Heard”
16. The Rule Against Bias
17. Limits to Fairness
18. The Effect of Errors on the Validity of Decisions
19. The Availability of Judicial Review
20. Judicial Remedies
21. Discretion, Timing and Outcomes
22. Standing to Seek Judicial Review
Table of Sources

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