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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

  • 12 Jan 2018: Fair Work Ombudsman v Lohr [2018] FCA 5
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - appeal from orders - whether primary judge erred in treating declarations as a consequence of default by respondent as not being binding on non-defaulting respondent - whether primary judge erred in treating multiple classes of contraventions grouped by s 557 of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) as single contravention with single maximum…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 29 Dec 2017: Cross v Harbour City Ferries Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1577
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application pursuant to r 36.05 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) seeking an extension of time within which to appeal from a decision of the Federal Circuit Court - where merits of proposed appeal grounds determinative - where no merit in proposed appeal grounds - application dismissed
    Judge: Lee J
  • 22 Dec 2017: Zaghloul v Woodside Energy Limited (No 6) [2017] FCA 1504
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - interlocutory application - application to restrain solicitors and counsel from acting for the respondent - consideration of the requirements of the proper administration of justice in the context of whether to restrain legal representatives - held: application dismissed with costs.
    Judge: Gilmour J

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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  • Jessup J
  • Bromberg J
  • White J
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