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About this NPA

The Other Federal Jurisdiction National Practice Area (NPA) encompasses cases that do not readily fit into any of the Court’s eight subject-matter NPAs.

Jurisdiction of the Court  

The jurisdiction of the Court is described in the About Us section of the website. See further, the Resources section below.

The relationship between the eight subject-matter NPAs and the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA

The eight subject-matter NPAs do not exhaust the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia. They are the main bodies of work of the Court. Many other matters may, however, be brought in the Court that do not conveniently fit into these NPAs.

This NPA is designed to encompass cases that do not readily fit into any of the other existing NPAs. For instance, cases may arise under a law of the parliament (s 39B(1A)(c)) of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) or otherwise in federal jurisdiction that is conferred on the Court such as cases that are in substance negligence claims for damages (such as under legislation governing civil aviation), or defamation, or cases involving the Court acting as a Court of disputed returns. This list is not by any means exhaustive. If the Court has jurisdiction but the matter does not fall within one of the eight NPAs, the matter will be managed within this NPA.

Allocation of matters in this NPA

Under this NPA, depending on the specialised nature of the subject matter, an allocation will be made under the existing protocols for allocation.

The Court will ensure that the judge allocated to manage a case falling within this NPA has particular expertise in the underlying areas of law in the subject of the proceeding.

Areas of law within this NPA

  • Defamation Sub-area: The Defamation Sub-area is a Sub-area within the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA and covers all manner of defamation disputes within federal jurisdiction, including defamation cases that may arise under a law of the Parliament (s 39B(1A)(c) of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)). 

By way of illustration, other types of claims that are likely to fall within this NPA include:

Latest Judgments

  • 21 Apr 2021: Burrows v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 404
    DEFAMATION - amendment of pleadings - addition of a claim comprising publication on Twitter of a link to a publication already pleaded - addition of a claim comprising the re-publication of a publication already pleaded with the addition of an editor's note - addition of claims under the Australian Consumer Law - whether the amendments arise from…
    Judge: McKerracher J
  • 19 Apr 2021: Murphy v Nationwide News Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 381
    DEFAMATION - proceeding against journalist and publisher of The Daily Telegraph in respect of two publications - applicant a high profile solicitor specialising in criminal law - five imputations alleged to have been conveyed - one imputation found to have been conveyed - journalist alleged applicant was incapable of representing his clients'…
    Judge: Lee J
  • 8 Apr 2021: Molan v Dailymail.com Australia Pty Limited [2021] FCA 336
    DEFAMATION - proceeding in respect of one online newspaper publication and two related tweets - where both applicant and respondent seek discovery and interrogatories of one another - whether disputed interrogatories proposed by applicant are sufficiently directed towards respondent's defence - whether interrogatories of the respondent are…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 1 Apr 2021: Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited (No 10) [2021] FCA 317
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - defamation proceedings - interlocutory application for an order under s 47A of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) that certain witnesses be permitted to give evidence at the hearing by audio-visual link - where four of the witnesses reside in Afghanistan - where another witness has been posted by the Australian…
    Judge: Besanko J
  • 29 Mar 2021: Sydney Criminal Lawyers v Google LLC [2021] FCA 297
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to serve originating application seeking preliminary discovery outside Australia pursuant to Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) rr 10.41 to 10.43 (the Rules) - whether the application meets the requirements of r 10.43 of the Rules - service in accordance with the Hague Service Convention - whether service by post…
    Judge: Abraham J

Practice Notes

Due to the broad nature of this NPA, practice notes within the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA will be developed as necessary. The Defamation Sub-area has a dedicated practice note:

Parties should also be familiar with the guiding case management principles in the Central Practice Note (CPN-1).

To the extent relevant, parties should also be familiar with the general practice notes of the Court, including:

Forms, Rules & Fees

Due to the potentially broad range of actions relevant to this NPA it is impractical to provide an exhaustive list of forms and rules. However, below are some of the potentially relevant forms and rules for some proceedings commenced in this NPA:


Parties should consider whether it is necessary to file a Genuine Steps Statement (Form 16) in certain proceedings in this NPA – see r 8.02 of the Federal Court Rules and the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (including sections 6, 7 and 16).

Filing fees for commencing a proceeding in this NPA may apply. Information about Court fees, including the fees payable and circumstances where an exemption or deferral can be given is available in Forms, Fees & Costs or from the Registry.


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  • Rares J (Defamation)
  • White J (Defamation)
  • Lee J (Defamation)
  • Wheelahan J (Defamation)
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