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.
- 17 Oct 2019:
BLX16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCAFC 176
MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court of Australia - protection claim - International Treaties Obligations Assessment - where appellant sought to rely on two new grounds that were not relied upon in the Federal Circuit Court - whether leave should be granted to the appellant to rely on the new grounds - whether the assessor denied the…
Judge: Moshinsky, Steward and Wheelahan JJ
- 16 Oct 2019:
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services & Multicultural Affairs v CPJ16  FCA 1702
MIGRATION - interlocutory application by the Minister to stay a migration decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal pending a review under s 476A(1)(b) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - first respondent held in immigration detention pending review - balance of convenience - Minister not giving an undertaking as to damages - application…
Judge: Stewart J
- 16 Oct 2019:
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v AUS17  FCA 1686
MIGRATION - appeal from the Federal Circuit Court - where the respondent was a "fast track applicant" before the Immigration Assessment Authority - where the respondent produced new information - exception to the prohibition on considering new information - application of s 473DD of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - exceptional circumstances -…
Judge: Logan J
Latest Speeches & Papers
- 4 Sep 2019:
Of shields and swords - let the jousting begin!
Presented at Freedom19 Conference, Sydney, by Justice Sarah Derrington.
- 15 Feb 2019:
The federal and state courts on constitutional law: The 2018 term
Presented to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, 2019 Constitutional Law Conference, by Justice Moshinsky.
- 29 Nov 2017:
Rationality and reason in administrative law - Would a roll of the dice be just as good?
Presented at the Australian Academy of Law WA Chapter lecture, Perth, by The Hon R French AC.
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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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