Administrative and Constitutional Law & Human Rights NPA logo with link NPA logo with link

About this NPA

The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

More on this NPA

Latest Judgments

  • 17 Oct 2019: BLX16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] 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 [2019] 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 [2019] 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

Interpreters & Translators

The Australian Government's Translating and Interpreting Service can supply telephone or on-site interpreting.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is accessible from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call by telephoning 131 450. 


To stay up-to-date with news in the Federal Court, including developments in this NPA, subscribe to our email subscription services.

We provide subscriptions to the latest judgments and events (by NPA); Practice News to keep up-to-date with changes to practice and procedure; and Daily Court Listings.

All Subscriptions

Forms & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

Administrative Law:

  • An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:


  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903


  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:


  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review


  • An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:


  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal


Constitutional Law:

  • An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:


  • Form 18 – Notice of a constitutional matter under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)


Human Rights:


  • Form 116 – Originating application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Form 59 – Affidavit
  • Form 17 – Statement of claim


Self-Represented Litigants

If you are starting a matter or a person has started a matter against you and you do not have legal representation and are conducting the matter and acting for yourself then you are called a self-represented litigant.

The Court has developed a number of resources to assist litigants including:

NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
NPA Judges

Urgent Applications