Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Webinar on 'The Administrative Continuum' with Matthew Paterson, chaired by Logan J

26 May

Late afternoon Webinar

“The Administrative Continuum”

Presenter: Mr Matthew Paterson

Chair: The Hon Justice JA Logan RFD

Jurisdictional error dominates modern administrative law. It has never been more important properly to understand the jurisdictional role of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and its relationship with other administrative decision-makers. The High Court of Australia recently said again that the “AAT and the primary decision-maker exist within an administrative continuum”, in Frugtniet. But what does that phrase actually mean? In this seminar, Matthew Paterson unpacks the “administrative continuum” and how it affects both the role of the AAT and modern administrative decision-making at large.

Matthew Paterson is a solicitor at Minter Ellison in Brisbane whose academic writing on administrative law has been published in the Public Law Review and the AIAL Forum. Previously, he was an associate at the Federal Court of Australia and at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The Hon Justice JA Logan RFD was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2007, and also holds appointments since 2010 as a Deputy President of the AAT, since 2011 as a Judge of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea and since 2018 as President of the Defence Force Disciplinary Appeal Tribunal, of which his Honour was previously a Deputy President.

Date: Tuesday 26 May 2020

Time: 5.30pm Online Seminar via Zoom

The webinar is open to all members of the AIAL and to any interested members of the public. Admission is free, but registration is required. Except in WA, CLE/CPD points are available if this educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law. Please contact your local law society for further details. Any WA practitioners attending should note this event is not currently covered by AIAL WA Chapter QA accreditation, although the WA Chapter is exploring options.

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Inquiries can be directed to the AIAL Secretariat on 02 6290 1505 or at

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