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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 and Family Court of Australia, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 22 Feb 2024: Ogbonna v Link Workforce Pty Ltd [2024] FCA 119
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - leave to appeal - primary judge rejected application for judgment on admissions - whether respondent failed to respond to notice to admit - where notice of dispute substantially denied the facts and documents referred to in both notices to admit - application for leave to appeal refused
    Judge: Derrington J
  • 22 Feb 2024: Hancock v DP World Pty Ltd [2024] FCA 116
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Application for relief under s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) and/or s 562 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - Application against decision of Fair Work Commission (FWC) which dismissed application for an unfair dismissal remedy - Application against decision of the Full Bench of the FWC which refused permission to appeal the…
    Judge: Meagher J
  • 16 Feb 2024: Kelly v Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane (No 2) [2024] FCA 91
    COSTS - where the applicant applied for an extension of time under s 370 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA) to commence a general protections court proceeding - where the application for an extension of time was dismissed in Kelly v Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane [2023] FCA 829 - where the respondent applied for costs to be …
    Judge: Logan 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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