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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 and Family Court of Australia, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 5 Dec 2022: Stolz v Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales [2022] FCA 1451
    COSTS - application and cross-application for costs in a proceeding in which s 570 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) applies - whether either party engaged in an unreasonable act or omission that caused the other party to incur costs - unreasonableness not established - application and cross-application dismissed
    Judge: Goodman J
  • 30 Nov 2022: Bradshaw v BSA Limited (No 2) [2022] FCA 1440
    REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDINGS - application for approval of settlement of representative proceeding - s 33V of Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - principles relevant to settlement approval - whether proposed settlement fair and reasonable - whether common fund order should be made and in what terms - relevant principles - whether certain…
    Judge: Bromberg J
  • 24 Nov 2022: Bellou v Victoria University (No 5) [2022] FCA 1408
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - interlocutory application to vacate pending trial - where applicant relies on medical incapacity - whether medical evidence sufficient to demonstrate incapacity to prosecute proceeding - where multiple trial dates previously vacated - orders made
    Judge: Snaden J

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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