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Administrative Review in ACT
Administrative review in the ACT refers to the review by a third party tribunal of government administrative decisions.
The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘ACAT’) is responsible for reviewing administrative decisions made pursuant to legislative powers bestowed on by government departments and officials in the Australian Capital Territory. It was established as a ‘super tribunal’ in 2008 under the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008, meaning that it was the consequence of the amalgamation of a number of smaller tribunals, and was one of the first so-called super tribunals to be established in Australia.
The kind of review it provides is known as merits review, which means that ACAT stands in the original decision-maker’s shoes and makes a decision on the merits of the case. It does not conduct judicial review, which determines whether a decision was lawfully made. This kind of review is conducted by the Supreme Court.