Last updated 22 August 2016

Legislation has simplified the task of obtaining judicial review of administrative decisions and actions. The Commonwealth Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) brings together the existing common law grounds for review, while the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) establishes avenues of access to certain government information. The Queensland equivalents are the Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld) and the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld).

The Commonwealth and state judicial review Acts provide a number of specific grounds upon which decisions can be reviewed, as well as remedies that can be ordered by the courts (see the Complaints Against Government – Judicial Review chapter).