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What is administrative law?

Administrative and regulatory law is the area of law that relates to government decision making. In Australia, our government is made up of numerous regulatory authorities or agencies.

The decision-making powers of regulatory authorities reside in:

  • The common law (that is, law established by decisions made by courts and tribunals); and
  • Legislative instruments (laws passed by Parliament).

If you disagree with a decision made by a regulatory or government body, you may be able to dispute it, which may result in a different decision being made.

How to dispute a decision

Depending upon the circumstances, you can have a decision reviewed by:

  • Requesting the government or regulatory body to review its decision; or
  • Applying to have the decision formally reviewed in the relevant court or tribunal.

Our expert team can talk you through the step-by-step process of challenging a decision made by a government or regulatory agency and act on your behalf to challenge a broad range of administrative decisions.

The review process

While every case is different, there are some common elements to having a decision reviewed.

Here are some of the steps you're likely to go through during the lifespan of a review of a government or regulatory agency’s decision.


The laws applied by regulatory authorities can be complex and far reaching. But your legal costs don't have to be.

When you work with us, we'll provide you with full cost estimates before we do any work, and we will only proceed once you have agreed to them. We will continue to update you on all associated costs throughout the lifespan of your case.

Our 'fee for service' structure means you'll simply pay as you go. No matter what type of administrative and regulatory law dispute you need help with, we will provide complete transparency when it comes to legal costs. Contact us about your case today and we'll discuss your options.

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