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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

  • 23 Jul 2021: Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia (No 2) [2021] FCA 830
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for summary judgment - where balance of applicant's proceeding relied on the finding of adverse action within the meaning of s 342(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether decision to refuse to grant an act of grace payment under s 65(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 23 Jul 2021: Friend v Comcare [2021] FCA 837
    WORKERS' COMPENSATION - statutory interpretation - whether payment to settle claim constituted 'damages' or a 'recovery of damages' within the meaning of s 48(1)(a) of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) (SRCA) - where Comcare had accepted the employee's claim for compensation in respect of physical and mental injuries…
    Judge: Rares J
  • 15 Jul 2021: Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union v Hobsons Bay City Council [2021] FCA 806
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for stay of a proceeding pending determination of Fair Work Commission application - application pursuant to s 217 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to vary enterprise agreement to remove ambiguity - whether discretion of Court to grant stay should be exercised - application granted
    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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