About this NPA
The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:
- matters concerning the judicial review of decisions and conduct involving Commonwealth enactments and powers on grounds relating to the legality, rather than the merits, of the decision, including judicial review applications:
- pursuant to s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Judiciary Act)
- under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (ADJR Act)
- under ss 476A and 476B(3) of the Migration Act 1958
- appeals on questions of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
- complaints about unlawful discrimination no longer being dealt with by the Australian Human Rights Commission
- matters concerning the Australian Constitution.
- 31 Jan 2023:
Wilson v Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry  FCA 29
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Application for discovery - Discovery in administrative law cases - appropriate breadth of discovery categories - application allowed in part
Judge: Goodman J
- 30 Jan 2023:
Norouzi v Determining Authority established by s 106Q of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth)  FCA 35
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - application for judicial review - Professional Services Review Scheme under Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) - whereas the Professional Services Review Committee found the applicant engaged in inappropriate practice and should repay relevant amount - whereas the applicant contends there was a failure to provide…
Judge: Collier J
- 30 Jan 2023:
Englezos v Secretary, Department of Social Services  FCA 31
SOCIAL SECURITY - application for extension of time within which to appeal under s 44 Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) - principles relating to an application for extension of time - where applicant unable to establish adequate explanation for delay - where proposed grounds of appeal have no merit - application dismissed
Judge: Collier J
Latest Speeches & Papers
- 28 Oct 2022:
"March in the guilty bastard"? - Administrative action and military discipline
Paper delivered to the Advanced Military Administrative Law Course, University of Adelaide.
- 8 Oct 2022:
Australian Courts and the Extraterritorial Operation of Laws – Consumer and Competition Laws
A paper presented to the Australian Judicial Officers Association 2022 Colloquium
- 20 Jul 2022:
There runs the quick perspective of the future: Where to from here?
Robert French AC Oration delivered on 20 July 2022: There runs the quick perspective of the future: Where to from here?
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Forms & Rules
The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:
- An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:
- An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:
- An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:
- An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:
- An application for unlawful discrimination under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)
Administrative & Constitutional Law
- Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act
- Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)
- Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth)
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth)
Human RightsMore Legislation
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