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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

  • 28 Apr 2017: Barnes v Hatch Associates Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 434
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - workplace rights and responsibilities - general protections - adverse action - whether adverse action taken for prohibited reason - prejudicial alteration of position - whether Jones v Dunkel (1959) 101 CLR 298 inference could be drawn in relation to alleged failure of respondent to call certain evidence …
    Judge: Logan J
  • 27 Apr 2017: Comcare v Wuth [2017] FCA 433
    WORKERS’ COMPENSATION – Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) – s 24 – determination of percentage degree of permanent impairment where no quantitative percentage for condition in approved Guide or American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) – where Administrative Appeals Tribunal…
    Judge: Rares J
  • 26 Apr 2017: AGL Energy Limited v Hardy [2017] FCA 420
    CONTEMPT OF COURT - search order made pursuant to r 7.43 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - order concerned predominantly with electronic documents - respondent refused to permit search party to enter premises - whether respondent guilty of contempt of court - whether order clear, unambiguous and capable of compliance
    Judge: O’callaghan 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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