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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

  • 21 Jun 2018: Fair Work Ombudsman v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union [2018] FCA 934
    INDUSTRIAL LAW – meaning of s 557(3) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) –penalty for unlawful industrial action – no compensation under s 545(1) appropriate – conduct of employer and purpose of industrial action relevant to penalty and compensation – whether employer wants compensation relevant to whether a compensation order should be made
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 14 Jun 2018: Beauglehole v The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 899
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - determination of a separate question - construction of clause 21.1 of the Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010 - payment of ordinary hours and overtime in a roster cycle - where ordinary hours of work must average 35 hours per week - where hours are averaged over the roster cycle - whether the Award requires ordinary hours to be…
    Judge: Barker J
  • 14 Jun 2018: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Upton (The Gorgon Project Case) (No 2) [2018] FCA 897
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - where declarations made that respondents contravened sections 346(a), 348 and 500 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - appropriate pecuniary penalties - where only one penalty imposed in respect of the three civil penalty provisions pursuant to s 556 - where the lead contravention is intent to coerce in breach of s 348 - where…
    Judge: Barker 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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