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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

  • 6 Jan 2020: Martin v Norton Rose Fulbright Australia (No 7) [2020] FCA 5
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) s 20(2) - whether single judge of the Federal Court of Australia lacks jurisdiction to determine whether Fair Work Commission has jurisdiction under Part 3-1 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
    Judge: Kerr J
  • 23 Dec 2019: Newton v Australian Postal Corporation (No 2) [2019] FCA 2192
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ("FW Act"), ss 340, 348 and 355 - where in reliance upon s 348 union representative alleged to have made threats to take action against employer with intent to coerce employer to engage in industrial activity, being removal of employee from position and cessation of a project ("project") - where in…
    Judge: Bromberg J
  • 19 Dec 2019: Rooney v AGL Energy Limited [2019] FCA 2157
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - subpoena - objection to inspection of documents produced - whether inspection would contravene s 588 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) - objection dismissed
    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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