Expert Legal Solutions in
Administrative Law

Our team offers expert guidance on administrative law, drawing on extensive public sector experience. We handle cases across various courts and tribunals, including NCAT, and provide comprehensive support in areas like judicial reviews, local council issues, and governmental advice.

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Leaders in Administrative Law

The team at ATA Legal have a detailed understanding of administrative legal matters and regulatory issues due to their experience within government/public sector organisations in various roles.


Administrative law addresses unfair decisions made within the public sector including a Government department. We can assist in matters across a range of Courts and Tribunals including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), as well as State, Federal and High Courts.


We can provide assistance in the following areas:


  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Judicial Review (Federal and Supreme Court)
  • Merit Review (State and Federal)
  • Local Council (Environment and Planning)
  • Advice on government decisions
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) and Government Information (Public Access) (GIPA)
  • Privacy
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Governance
  • Policy and strategic advice

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    Administrative Law FAQs: Your Questions Answered.

    Explore answers to common questions about administrative law and our services here. This section helps clarify how to handle government decisions and regulatory issues.


    For further assistance or specific inquiries, our expert legal team is at your service.

    What is the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and how can it help me?

    The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is a body that reviews decisions made by Australian government officials and agencies to ensure fairness and legality. If you believe a decision made by a government agency is unjust or incorrect, you can apply for a review at the AAT where the original decision will be reconsidered. Our team can guide you through the process and represent your interests in the tribunal.

    What does judicial review involve, and when is it necessary?

    Judicial review is a legal process where courts examine the decisions made by government bodies to ensure they were made lawfully, without overstepping authority or breaching regulations. It is necessary when you seek to challenge the legal validity of a decision, rather than the merits of the decision itself. This process can be pursued in the Federal and Supreme Courts, and our lawyers can assist in determining if this is the appropriate course for your situation.

    What is the difference between Merit Review and Judicial Review?
    Merit review and judicial review are two distinct processes used to challenge government or administrative decisions. Merit review involves re-evaluating the factual basis and merits of a decision by a tribunal or review body. It essentially reassesses whether the decision was the most appropriate based on the evidence. Judicial review, on the other hand, does not involve questioning the merits but focuses on the legality of the decision-making process, such as whether the decision was made without bias, followed proper procedures, and was within the legal powers of the decision-maker. Depending on your specific case, our legal team can help you decide which type of review is suitable and represent you throughout the process.