Cross-Reference Table

(Current Practice Notes and Revoked Practice Documents)

The table below outlines in summary form the current national practice notes and any relevant revoked practice note or administrative notice that was revoked on 25 October 2015 and which has been incorporated into the current national practice note, either in full or in part.

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Central Practice Note

Current National Practice NoteDescription of Current National Practice NoteRelevant revoked Practice Note or Administrative Notice (AN)
CPN-1: Central Practice Note: National Court Framework (NCF) and Case Management
  • sets out the fundamental principles concerning the NCF and key principles of case management, including the Court's Case Management Imperatives for consideration prior to the first case management hearing. All other practice notes are to be read within the framework established in this practice note and parties should not commence or take steps in proceedings without first considering the principles set out in this practice note
  • refers to new guides: developed to explain how to communicate with the Court
Practice Notes Administrative Notices

National Practice Area (NPA) Practice Notes

Current National Practice NoteDescription of Current National Practice NoteRelevant revoked Practice Note or Administrative Notice (AN)
ACLHR-1: Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights
  • sets out arrangements for the management of administrative law, constitutional law and human rights cases
  • refers to new guides: developed to assist litigants commencing Administrative law and Constitutional law case and Human Rights cases
A&M-1: Admiralty and Maritime
  • sets out arrangements for the management of Admiralty and maritime cases
  • refers to the use of the flexible and streamlined procedures the commencement of proceedings (Concise Statement), tailored discovery (Redfern Discovery Procedure) and tailored evidence procedures (Memorial Procedure) set out in C&C-1
C&C-1: Commercial and Corporations Includes schedules for:
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • General and Personal Insolvency
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • sets out the arrangements for the management of commercial and corporations cases within each of the 6 Sub-areas: Commercial Contracts, Banking, Finance and Insurance; Corporations and Corporate Insolvency*; General and Personal Insolvency*; Economic Regulator, Competition and Access; Regulator and Consumer Protection; and International Commercial Arbitration*
  • sets out the flexible and streamlined procedures for: commencement of proceedings (Concise Statement (new form)); tailored discovery (Redfern Discovery Procedure) and tailored evidence procedures (Memorial Procedure)
  • incorporates schedules which set out the arrangements for the management of cases within 3 of the Sub-areas (marked * above)
  • new form: Concise Statement
Practice Notes Administrative Notices
E&IR-1: Employment and Industrial Relations
  • sets out arrangements for the management of employment and industrial relations cases
Practice Notes Administrative Notices
IP-1: Intellectual Property
  • sets out arrangements for the management of intellectual property cases within each of the 3 Sub-areas: Patents & Associated Statutes; Trade Marks and Copyright and Industrial Design
  • refers to the use of the flexible and streamlined procedures for commencement of proceedings (Concise Statement), tailored discovery (Redfern Discovery Procedure) and tailored evidence procedures (Memorial Procedure) set out in C&C-1
Practice Notes Administrative Notices
NT-1: Native Title
  • sets out arrangements for the management of native title proceedings including matters arising under or in relation to any Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) or other agreement made under the Native Title Act, or concerning a Prescribed Body Corporate
  • outlines the specialised role of the Native Title Registrar in the case management of native title proceedings
  • N/A
TAX-1: Taxation
  • sets out arrangements for the management of tax cases including some minimal changes to the arrangements for commencing Part IVC appeals and to the timing for the lodgement of the
  • amended form: "Taxation NPA – Pro Forma Questionnaire"
CRIME-1: Federal Crime and Related Proceedings
  • sets out arrangements for the management of matters in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA. Provides guidance for parties to summary criminal proceedings, indictable primary proceedings and criminal appeal proceedings in the Federal Court.
  • N/A

NOTE: There is a 9th NPA – "Other Federal Jurisdiction". This NPA covers cases that fall within the Court's jurisdiction but outside the above 8 subject-matter NPAs. No practice note is required at this stage. Relevant information is contained on the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA "homepage".

General Practice Notes

Current National Practice NoteDescription of Current National Practice NoteRelevant revoked Practice Note or Administrative Notice
GPN-CA: Class Actions
  • applies to all class action matters, regardless of the NPA and sets out arrangements for the conduct of class actions. Key features include:
  • the introduction of a flexible dual-judge system (for appropriate cases),
  • the introduction of a "class actions registrar" (where judges consider that such support may be required),
  • disclosure requirements,
  • clarification of the content and timing of the first and subsequent case management hearings,
  • updates to the arrangements in respect of communicating with class members,
  • updates to the draft Opt Out Notice attached to the practice note,
  • settlement approval modifications and changes to the arrangements for the Court supervising deductions for legal costs and funding charges
  • new form: Litigation Funding Agreement Disclosure Notice
GPN-EXPT: Expert Evidence
  • applies to any proceeding involving the use of expert evidence and incorporates the: Harmonised Expert Witness Code of Conduct and the Concurrent Expert Evidence Guidelines
  • sets out the approach to expert evidence and provides guidance on the use of expert witnesses in proceedings and the requirements for the contents of an expert's report
  • provides a practical guide on how concurrent evidence may be run, if it is used
GPN-SURV: Survey Evidence
  • provides guidance for the preparation and use of survey evidence in any proceeding that a party may seek to adduce evidence based upon out-of-court statements or responses of participants to a survey
  • sets out:
  • how a case should be managed if survey evidence is proposed, including the requirement to file a notice of intention to conduct a survey
  • admissibility of survey evidence and dangers of improperly prepared survey evidence
  • how survey evidence may be considered and guidance on avoiding problems with a survey
GPN-COST: Costs
  • sets out the Court's approach to costs, including case management of costs, GST, lump-sum costs orders and the utilisation of consolidated costs orders
  • includes guides for: Preparing a Costs Summary (supporting a lump-sum costs order request) and Preparing a Bill of Costs
  • updated form: Form 127 – Bill of Costs
GPN-FRZG: Freezing Orders
  • harmonised practice note
  • addresses the procedure for making a freezing order application, including the usual terms of such an order
GPN-SRCH: Search Orders
  • harmonised practice note
  • sets out information and procedure for applying for search orders and content of related orders
GPN-UNDR Usual Undertaking as to Damages
  • harmonised practice note
  • relates to any proceeding (or prospective proceeding) where the "usual undertaking as to damages" is given to the Court and sets out the wording of that undertaking
GPN-SUBP: Subpoenas and Notices to Produce
  • sets out a consistent national procedure for subpoena requests and leave to issue a subpoena
  • raises key issues concerning different types of subpoenas, addresses other subpoena arrangements including:
  • how to comply with a subpoena, return of subpoena and production of documents
  • applications to set aside a subpoena
  • inspection
  • expenses
  • Notices to Produce
  • new forms: Request for Leave to Issue Subpoena Form and Uplift Form
GPN-ENF: Enforcement, Endorsement and Contempt
  • provides guidance on 3 procedures:
  • enforcement of Federal Court orders
  • endorsement of orders with penal elements
  • guidance on contempt of court generally
  • new form: Request for Enforcement
GPN-XBDR: Cross-Border Insolvency: Cooperation With Foreign Courts or Foreign Representatives
  • applies to any proceeding in the Court which involves cross-border insolvency
  • sets out relevant matters, including with respect to the Court's cooperation with foreign courts and representatives in the area of cross-border insolvency in accordance with the Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008 (the Act) and the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and guidance on applications under the Act relating to a ship owner
  • Part 2 is harmonised in accordance with the advice of the Council of Chief Justices' Rules Harmonisation Committee
GPN-OSE: Overseas Service and Evidence
  • sets out the types of originating applications that may be served outside Australia, including leave
  • provides guidance on the taking of evidence overseas, including how to apply for an order to examine a witness outside Australia, notification requirements, travel expenses and proposals and evidence by video link
GPN-FRGN: Foreign Judgments
  • provides guidance for applications:
  • for registration of certain judgments of New Zealand courts and tribunals under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010
  • for registration of certain foreign judgments of various countries under the Foreign Judgments Act 1991
  • to enforce a money judgment of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, in the Federal Court
  • N/A
GPN-AUTH: Lists of Authorities and Citations
  • provides guidance for the use of Lists of Authorities in all final hearings (including appeals), unless or to the extent that the Court otherwise orders
  • sets out the procedure for citing cases and legislation
GPN-ACCS: Access to Documents and Transcripts
  • sets out a nationally consistent approach to accessing Court documents, including the procedure for access by parties and non-parties (including media) and access to transcripts
  • forms: Party Access Request Form and Non-Party Access Request Form
  • N/A
GPN-TECH: Technology and the Court
  • covers all aspects of use of technology in the court, including electronic discovery, eTrials, eCourtroom etc.
  • contains broad information and refers to various technology-related guides on the Court's website
GPN-INT: Interest on Judgments
  • provides guidance on both pre and post-judgment interest
  • the formula and rate of pre-judgment interest is harmonised by the Council of Chief Justices' Harmonisation Committee on Discount and Interest Rates
GPN-TRIB: Consent Orders Involving a Federal Tribunal
  • addresses the obligations of parties when a remittal occurs from the Court to a Federal Tribunal by way of consent orders

Appeals Practice Note

National Practice NoteDescription of National Practice NoteRelevant revoked Practice Note or Administrative Notice (AN)
APP 2: Content of Appeal Books and Preparation for Hearing (reissued)
  • sets out the arrangements for the content and preparation of: appeal books; submissions; abandoning; grounds of appeal; Lists of Authorities and electronic appeals

Note: The Court has made considerable changes to the management of appeals and related applications and is in the process of preparing comprehensive practice notes outlining the management of, and requirements relating to, such appeals and related applications. In the interim, the Court has revoked Practice Note APP 1 (Listings for Full Court and appellate sittings) and has reissued Practice Note APP 2 with minor amendments. The Court has also set out further information regarding appeals on the Court's website, accessible from the appeals "homepage".