Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Call for Papers by 22 Feb for 2019 Conference

22 Feb



 People, Parliament and the Public Interest

 Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July 2019

Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit

Barton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

 The AIAL National Administrative Law Conference is Australia’s pre-eminent administrative law conference, having been held each year since 1991. The 2019 Conference will be the 29th National Administrative Law Conference.

The aim of the Conference is to provide those involved or interested in Australian administrative law with the opportunity to discuss contemporary issues, share practical experiences and consider future developments. The 2019 Conference will be hosted by the National Executive Committee of the Institute.

 2019 National Conference Theme


It is proposed that the overarching theme for the 2019 AIAL National Administrative Law Conference will be People, Parliament and the Public Interest.

Administrative law is relevant to many of the current issues facing Australia. It is relevant to the investigation of those issues, such as in royal commissions and parliamentary inquiries and by the wide range of investigatory bodies. It is also relevant to the development and implementation of laws and policies to address those issues, such as regulatory regimes, compensatory mechanisms and provision of public services. Administrative law is perhaps most important in balancing the interests of people affected by government actions with broader public interests. This balancing importantly occurs in Parliament, but also in administrative decision-making, courts and tribunals.

This topic therefore invites consideration of a range of current and future-focussed issues. We seek papers that explore both emerging issues and new ways of looking at ‘old problems’.

We particularly note the following relevant subthemes:

-The processes, impacts and outcomes of current and recent royal commissions, commissions of inquiry and parliamentary committees

-Public interest disclosure, freedom of speech and the use of social media platforms both within and outside of government

-Identifying, notifying and managing significant data breaches and the scope and operation of data sharing legislation

-The collection and use of data in government policy development

-Improving standards and achieving equitable outcomes in the provision of health, aged care and financial services

-The use of crowdfunding campaigns to cover legal costs in public interest litigation

-Accountability and integrity mechanisms including the foreign influence transparency scheme, declarations of members’ interests and registration of lobbyists

-Judicial review and challenges to major executive policy

-The role of tribunals in mediating and resolving contests between individual rights and broader public interests.

The Institute encourages contributions on these Conference subthemes but is also interested in finding space for those with fresh perspectives or ideas not reflected in the suggested range of topics above. The Conference will provide a stimulating mixture of practical sessions and more reflective and thought-provoking presentations. The Conference will include a review of the state of administrative law in the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

Call for Papers

The Institute calls for potential papers on our theme to be presented at the Conference.

Please send written proposals for a paper by Friday 22 February 2019 by email to: or by post to: AIAL, PO Box 83, Deakin West ACT 2600.

 Publication of Papers

Conference speakers will be asked to prepare papers, which will be made available to those attending the Conference. Selected papers may also be published in the Institute’s journal, AIAL Forum. Papers may be refereed, if requested by the contributor.

 Conference Venue

The 2019 National Administrative Law Conference will commence at 1:00pm on Thursday 18 July 2019 and conclude at 4:30pm on Friday 19 July 2019. All Conference sessions will be held at the Hotel Realm.

The 2019 Conference will be attended by a diverse audience of practitioners, academics, policy makers and decision makers. Please contact the Conference organisers for assistance in planning an adjunct meeting, or to discuss a Conference display.

 Contact Details

For enquiries about the program or to discuss a possible paper, please contact:

Tara McNeilly, Secretary, AIAL National Executive Committee
(E:; T: 02 6253 7374), or

Sue Hart, AIAL Business Manager AIAL Secretariat
(E:; T: 02 6290 1505)

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