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About this NPA

The Employment and Industrial Relations National Practice Area (NPA) comprises of civil and criminal matters arising under the Fair Work jurisdiction and related legislation including:

  • workplace-related applications
  • writs of mandamus or prohibition
  • injunctions
  • declarations
  • prosecutions
  • matters transferred or appealed from the Federal Circuit Court, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 23 Mar 2017: Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v BHP Coal Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 50
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to appeal - paragraphs of amended statement of claim struck out - paragraphs ambiguous or likely to cause prejudice or embarrassment - decision not attended by sufficient doubt - no substantial injustice - application for leave to appeal dismissed
    Judge: Greenwood, Flick and Rangiah JJ
  • 22 Mar 2017: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v McCullough (No 2) [2017] FCA 295
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - assessment of penalties - where relevant respondents found to have contravened s 417(1)(a) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether exonerated respondents entitled to their costs of the proceeding pursuant to s 570(2)(a) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
    Judge: Barker J
  • 22 Mar 2017: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Hall [2017] FCA 274
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - the taking of adverse action - the exercise of a workplace right INDUSTRIAL LAW - intent to coerce - negation of choice INDUSTRIAL LAW - accessorial liability - vicarious liability of Union INDUSTRIAL LAW - Briginshaw standard of proof - reverse onus of proof - reverse onus on balance of probabilities EVIDENCE - arrangement with…
    Judge: Flick J

Latest Speeches & Papers

Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

  • Commencing an originating application alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection proceeding:
  • Form 79 - Originating application under the Fair Work Act alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection
  • Commencing application for a writ of mandamus, prohibition or injunction under section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) must file:
  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B Judiciary Act


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