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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

  • 12 Aug 2020: Registered Organisations Commissioner v Australian Workers' Union (No 2) [2020] FCA 1148
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - admitted contraventions of ss 172 and 230 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) and its predecessor provisions - penalties to be applied - whether conduct engaged in by or with the imprimatur of senior management - whether conduct deserving of sterner penalty than might otherwise apply - penalties increased…
    Judge: Snaden J
  • 7 Aug 2020: Fair Work Ombudsman v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (MV Portland Case) (No 2) [2020] FCA 1138
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - separate questions pursuant to r 30.01 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 - s 417 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether ship's crew were "covered by" enterprise agreement at relevant time and were consequently disentitled to take lawful industrial action - construction of "application" clause of enterprise agreement - meaning of…
    Judge: Bromberg J
  • 6 Aug 2020: Findley v MSS Security Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 952
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for extension of time to seek leave to appeal from decision of Federal Circuit Court of Australia - Circuit Court dismissed application as abuse of process - 27 grounds of appeal in draft notice of appeal - no utility in appeal as claimed underpayment repaid - appellant's chance of success insufficient to…
    Judge: Anastassiou 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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