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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 referrals from the High Court of Australia, in its capacity as the Court of Disputed Returns, pursuant to s 329 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. 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

  • 5 Jul 2022: Malecki v Macko [2022] FCA 766
    HIGH COURT AND FEDERAL COURT -- federal jurisdiction -- where applicants bring claim for damages against respondents for publication of defamatory matter -- where second applicant and second respondent are corporations -- where one of publications alleged in Statement of Claim is publication alleged to have been made by email to Australian…
    Judge: Besanko J
  • 7 Jun 2022: Colagrande v Kim (No 2) [2022] FCA 659
    COSTS -- application for indemnity costs due to respondents' unmeritorious denials in face of overwhelming contrary evidence and failure to accept settlement offers -- where no basis for indemnity costs under general law but s 40 of Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) applies -- where respondents unreasonably failed to make settlement offer and no…
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 6 Jun 2022: Official Trustee in Bankruptcy, in the matter of the bankrupt estate of Crawford [2022] FCA 657
    BANKRUPTCY - administration of bankrupt estate - bankrupt lead plaintiff in group proceeding in Supreme Court of Victoria ("SCV Action") - SCV Action stayed by operation of plaintiff's bankruptcy - applicant required to make election as to whether or not to prosecute or discontinue the SCV Action - application for an extension of time within which …
    Judge: Snaden J
  • 6 Jun 2022: Barilaro v Google LLC [2022] FCA 650
    DEFAMATION - where matters complained of were videos uploaded on YouTube - where respondent became liable as publisher after being notified of their defamatory content - where respondent belatedly abandoned all defences - where respondent had no belief in truth of matters complained of or imputations - where respondent failed to take down matters…
    Judge: Rares J
  • 3 Jun 2022: Raghubir v Nicolopoulos [2022] FCAFC 97
    HIGH COURT AND FEDERAL COURT - appeal from single judge of the Federal Court - whether the Federal Court has jurisdiction to hear the appellants' defamation claim - alleged defamatory publications made only within New South Wales - first respondent resident of New South Wales - other respondents being incorporated pursuant to the Strata Schemes…
    Judge: Allsop CJ, Kenny and Jagot JJ

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)
  • Lee J (Defamation)
  • Wheelahan J (Defamation)
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