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The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

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Latest Judgments

  • 15 Feb 2018: ALD15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 94
    MIGRATION - application for protection (class XA) visa - appeal from Federal Circuit Court of Australia - whether primary judge's decision affected by jurisdictional error - whether appellable error raised before the Court - unparticularised assertion of jurisdictional error - no error detected
    Judge: Barker J
  • 15 Feb 2018: Spencer v Commonwealth of Australia [2018] FCAFC 17
    CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - appeal from a single judge of the Federal Court of Australia - whether the primary judge erred in holding that State laws restricting native vegetation clearance did not effect an acquisition of property within the meaning of s 51(xxxi) of the Constitution - whether the primary judge erred in holding that the appellant's…
    Judge: Griffiths, Rangiah and Perry JJ
  • 14 Feb 2018: AEX15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 82
    MIGRATION - whether Refugee Review Tribunal erred by giving no weight to certain documentary evidence relied upon by the appellants - whether appellants denied procedural fairness - whether Tribunal acted illogically, irrationally or unreasonably - appeal dismissed
    Judge: O'Callaghan J

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Forms & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

Administrative Law:

  • An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:


  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903


  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:


  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review


  • An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:


  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal


Constitutional Law:

  • An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:


  • Form 18 – Notice of a constitutional matter under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)


Human Rights:


  • Form 116 – Originating application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Form 59 – Affidavit
  • Form 17 – Statement of claim


Self-Represented Litigants

If you are starting a matter or a person has started a matter against you and you do not have legal representation and are conducting the matter and acting for yourself then you are called a self-represented litigant.

The Court has developed a number of resources to assist litigants including:

NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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Urgent Applications