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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.

Illustrative areas of law in this NPA

By way of illustration, some of the following types of claims are likely to fall within this NPA:

  • Negligence: such as a claim based in common law negligence against the operator of an offshore petroleum project, seeking compensation for losses caused by environmental damage.
  • Defamation: such as a matter concerning a story broadcast on television and an article published in print and online that was alleged to contain defamatory imputations.
  • Civil Aviation: such as a claim for damages (alleged assault) made against an airline company under Article 21(1) of the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999 and s 9E of the Civil Aviation (Carrier’s Liability) Act 1959 (Cth).
  • Election-related disputes: such as a petition disputing the validity of an election or return - to be heard by the Federal Court as the ‘Court of Disputed Returns’, having such jurisdiction as referred by the High Court, under s 354 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth).

Latest Judgments

  • 2 Aug 2019: Australian Broadcasting Corporation v Chau Chak Wing [2019] FCAFC 125
    DEFAMATION - pleadings - common law justification - primary judge struck out variant meanings - David Syme & Co Ltd v Hore-Lacy - respondents' imputations that there were reasonable grounds to believe not permissible variants of the applicant's imputations - untenable pleading of justification for the purposes of adducing evidence in mitigation of …
    Judge: Besanko, Bromwich and Wheelahan J
  • 9 Jul 2019: Tate v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (No 2) [2019] FCA 1059
    COSTS - application for costs in respect of interlocutory pleadings applications - where leave granted for applicant and first respondent to file amended pleadings - where pleadings of applicant and first respondent not struck-out to the extent sought - where one reference in the first respondent's particulars that lacked nexus to imputation…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 18 Jun 2019: Szymczak v Balijepalli (No 2) [2019] FCA 1093
    DEFAMATION - consideration of whether the alleged imputations were capable of being conveyed by the publication - where the respondent failed to file a defence or attend the hearing - where the respondent failed to attend Court in accordance with an order of the Court DAMAGES - where applicant sought general compensatory damages for non-economic…
    Judge: Lee J
  • 3 May 2019: Tate v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2019] FCA 610
    DEFAMATION -applicant sought leave to file further amended statement of claim and to have certain particulars of truth in first respondent's amended defence struck out - first respondent sought leave to file further amended defence and to have certain imputations in applicant's amended statement of claim struck out - where adjudication is on the…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 2 May 2019: Civil Aviation Safety Authority v Skymuster Helicopters Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 615
    AVIATION - application under s 30DE of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth) for an order prohibiting the respondents from doing anything authorised by a Air Operator's Certificate and flight crew licences, which without the certificate and licences it would be unlawful to do - where the parties consented to orders under s 30DE operating for a period…
    Judge: Griffiths J

Practice Notes

Due to the nature of this NPA, the Court, at this time, does not intend to issue a practice note. A practice note or further guiding information will be published on this website as and when needed.

However, parties should always 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.


The following resources may be of assistance in the respect of the subject of the jurisdiction of the Federal Court:


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