The New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) has now been operating for three years. Empirical research suggests that the new Tribunal is promoting access to administrative justice by providing a relatively user friendly forum for the review of government decisions. An examination ofits jurisdiction, however, reveals that few new rights of administrative review have been created. This finding is at odds with the Government's expressed commitment to administrative law reform when the ADT legislation was introduced. The ADT's limited review jurisdiction also impacts on other statutory rights created at the same time: reasons for decisions and internal review. This article explores issues arising from the jurisdiction and operation of the ADT in the context of the interim findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry established pursuant to s 146 of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal Act 1997 (NSW).
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