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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 Court, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 22 Oct 2020: Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union v Qube Logistics (Rail) Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 1520
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - interpretation of enterprise agreement - continued entitlement to increases after agreement concludes - meaning of "re-negotiation" - whether meaning is commencement of negotiation with a view to reaching agreement or whether a new agreement is required to be in fact reached INDUSTRIAL LAW - interest on judgment - pecuniary…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 22 Oct 2020: Singh v Sydney Trains [2020] FCA 1521
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - unfair dismissal - whether Fair Work Commission properly exercised its jurisdiction -whether Commission took into account whether dismissal was for a valid reason - whether Commission took into account other matters it considered relevant - whether Commission engaged with the gist of the submissions made
    Judge: Flick J
  • 19 Oct 2020: Pal v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] FCA 1483
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - proceeding concerns review of reasons of Full Bench of Fair Work Commission - application by respondent for summary dismissal of application for judicial review - alleged lack of reasonable prospect of success Held: application for judicial review devoid of merit and lacking reasonable prospect of success - statement of claim…
    Judge: Anderson J

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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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