National / ACT

The Robodebt Royal Commission, Part 1, an online seminar

A seminar on the Robodebt Royal Commission

with Peter Hanks KC, Dr Darren O’Donovan and Angus Scott KC

Thursday, 2 November 2023

 By Zoom, commencing at 5.30pm (AEDT)

(QLD 4.40pm; SA 5.00pm; WA 2.30pm)

The Robodebt Royal Commission – Part 1

The Robodebt Royal Commission reported in July 2023. The Report contains 57 recommendations and sets out how the Robodebt scheme was developed, implemented, maintained and eventually terminated. It describes, in the Commission’s words, ‘the patently unreliable methodology’ of income averaging, and the ‘myriad of other ways’ the scheme failed the public interest. The Report raises a wide range of issues for administrative lawyers. This seminar will look at the conduct of the Commission and the legal and policy development issues it considered. It is the first of a number of seminars which the AIAL will hold to consider the Report.

Peter Hanks KC is one of Australia’s leading public lawyers and advocates. He has spoken and written about the Robodebt scheme, and acted for participants affected by it.

Dr Darren O’Donovan is a senior lecturer in administrative law at La Trobe University. He has spoken, written and commented on the Robodebt scheme and Royal Commission, as well as broader issues of pubic inquiries, automated decision making, and social security law.                                                  

Angus Scott KC was one of the counsel assisting the Royal Commission and has extensive experience in a broad range of public law, with a particular focus on administrative law, regulatory prosecutions and statutory interpretation, as well as the workings of government and the public service.

Chair: Margaret Tregurtha, Deputy Director General, IP Australia


Admission is free

 please book via the TryBooking link below

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

CLE/CPD points are available if this webinar 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.

Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL)

PO Box 83 DEAKIN WEST  ACT  2600

Ph:   02 6290 1505; Fax: 02 6290 1580

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