This paper considers simple issues rendered complex by the automation of decisions traditionally made by human government officers. The paper will explore three fundamental questions about an automated decision: what is the “decision”; who makes it; and when is it made? The answers to these questions have consequences for whether such decisions are amenable to review by Australian administrative law. The paper will consider recent case law regarding what constitutes a “decision”; and the role of concepts of “officer of the Commonwealth” and a “decision” in grounding the jurisdiction of courts to engage in judicial review of government action.
Our 2020 Annual Conference was scheduled to be held at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July 9-11, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
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