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The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

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Latest Judgments

  • 15 Jan 2018: DAO16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCAFC 2
    MIGRATION - appeal from decision of the Federal Circuit Court dismissing the appellant's application for judicial review of a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal affirming a decision by the Minister's delegate not to grant the appellant a Protection (Class XA) visa - where appellant claimed to fear significant harm if returned to his…
    Judge: Kenny, Kerr and Perry JJ
  • 12 Jan 2018: Viane v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 3
    MIGRATION - visa cancellation on character grounds under s 501 of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - application for judicial review of decision not to revoke visa cancellation under s 501CA(4) of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - alleged denial of procedural fairness, legal unreasonableness and legally insufficient consideration constituting jurisdictional…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 11 Jan 2018: Hambledon v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 7
    MIGRATION - Where applicant's visa automatically cancelled under s 501(3A) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - application for judicial review of Minister's decision not to revoke cancellation decision under s 501CA(4) -Minister addressed statutory question - no jurisdictional error arising from misunderstanding of expert opinion or confusion of the …
    Judge: Kenny J

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Forms & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

Administrative Law:

  • An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:


  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903


  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:


  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review


  • An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:


  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal


Constitutional Law:

  • An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:


  • Form 18 – Notice of a constitutional matter under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)


Human Rights:


  • Form 116 – Originating application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Form 59 – Affidavit
  • Form 17 – Statement of claim


Self-Represented Litigants

If you are starting a matter or a person has started a matter against you and you do not have legal representation and are conducting the matter and acting for yourself then you are called a self-represented litigant.

The Court has developed a number of resources to assist litigants including:

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National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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