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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

  • 29 May 2020: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Molina [2020] FCAFC 97
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - appeal from decision of primary judge dismissing application for declarations that respondents contravened s 346(b) and s 348 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether primary judge erred in approach to construction of s 346 - whether threat of adverse of action - consideration of when a threat to take action will be adverse…
    Judge: Bromberg, Colvin and Abraham JJ
  • 28 May 2020: Lamont v University of Queensland (No 2) [2020] FCA 720
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - employment - whether adverse action taken by respondents within s 342(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA) - whether adverse action taken against applicant because applicant exercised workplace rights in contravention of s 340(1) of the FWA - whether University liable under s 793 of the FWA for adverse action engaged in by…
    Judge: Rangiah J
  • 26 May 2020: Hewett v Comcare (No 2) [2020] FCA 703
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - judgment and orders - determination on orders to give effect to published reasons - identification of orders that should be made in consequence of partially successful appeal - remittal of some matters for rehearing before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - limited remittal COSTS - separate issues raised on appeal -…
    Judge: Snaden 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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