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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

  • 1 Dec 2022: Tucker v State of Victoria [2022] FCA 1449
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to appeal interlocutory orders - where the applicant has no right to appeal pursuant to s 24(1AA) of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - application refused
    Judge: Anderson J
  • 24 Nov 2022: Ogawa v President of the Australian Human Rights Commission [2022] FCA 1396
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to appeal from an order dismissing an application for an interim suppression order pursuant to s 37AI of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - whether the decision to be appealed is attended with sufficient doubt to warrant its reconsideration on appeal - whether substantial injustice would…
    Judge: Markovic J
  • 3 Nov 2022: Karpik v Carnival plc (The Ruby Princess) (Evidential Ruling) [2022] FCA 1318
    EVIDENCE - objection to tender of scientific journal articles - where category one articles were put to an expert witness in cross-examination - where category two articles not the subject of any expert evidence - whether articles admissible and, if so, whether subject to limitation
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 28 Oct 2022: Murdoch v Private Media Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 1275
    DEFAMATION - nature and scope of public interest defence in s 29A of Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) - analysis of the statutory elements in s 29A defence - whether the "matter" concerns an issue of "public interest" for the purposes of s 29A(1)(a) - consideration of comparable defence in s 4 of Defamation Act 2013 (UK) and United Kingdom authorities -…
    Judge: Wigney J
  • 19 Oct 2022: Burston v Hanson [2022] FCA 1235
    DEFAMATION - where there are three distinct publications - where the respondent denies that any of the pleaded imputations were conveyed - whether the defamatory imputations alleged were conveyed - where the applicant is not named in the first matter complained of - whether the applicant is identified as the subject of the first matter complained…
    Judge: Bromwich 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

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