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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

  • 22 Dec 2021: Tweedale v Carnival PLC trading as P&O Cruises [2021] FCA 1633
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for service outside the jurisdiction - application for substituted service - where applicants propose to effect service on second respondent's solicitor under Civil Procedure Rules 2002 (Vanuatu) - where applicants propose to effect service personally on third respondent under Civil Procedure Rules 2002…
    Judge: Perry J
  • 21 Dec 2021: Bradshaw v Emirates (Costs) [2021] FCA 1613
    COSTS - where applicant was successful on liability - where applicant was made an offer under the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) more favourable than the judgment - where applicant refused the offer - whether respondent is entitled to indemnity costs from after the offer - whether applicant should have the costs up to the offer
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 20 Dec 2021: Allison v Murphy [2021] FCAFC 232
    BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY - funds held in solicitor's trust account when sequestration order was made by registrar - funds transferred to petitioning creditor after sequestration order made - transferred funds less than debt owed to creditor - creditor did not accept tender of payment of debt - whether judge conducted de novo hearing - whether…
    Judge: Besanko, Colvin and Downes JJ
  • 16 Dec 2021: Frigger v Trenfield (Application for Stay Pending Appeal) [2021] FCA 1605
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for stay pending outcome of appeal - where appellants appeal from decision dismissing application for declarations that certain assets administered by trustee in bankruptcy form part of self-managed superannuation fund, compensation for losses and orders disentitling trustee to remuneration in relation to…
    Judge: Colvin J
  • 15 Dec 2021: Jenkings v Northern Territory of Australia (No 5) [2021] FCA 1585
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for approval of settlement of a Part IVA representative proceeding pursuant to s 33V of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - where terms of settlement remain confidential - where large class of vulnerable young people represented - application granted.
    Judge: Mortimer 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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NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

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