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

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Latest Judgments

  • 19 Oct 2017: Frugtniet v Secretary, Department of Social Services [2017] FCA 1227
    SOCIAL SECURITY - Application for extension of time to appeal - whether reasonable to extend time in circumstances - no error shown in decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
    Judge: Pagone J
  • 16 Oct 2017: AIB16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCAFC 163
    MIGRATION - appeal from decision of Federal Circuit Court of Australia - statutory construction of s 91W of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - consideration of "reasonable explanation" for provision of bogus document - circumstances where delegate considered appellant's claim to fear persecution as part of appellant's explanation for the provision of…
    Judge: Tracey, Mortimer and Moshinsky JJ
  • 13 Oct 2017: Sambastian v Australian Postal Corporation [2017] FCA 1232
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for extension of time in which to appeal against Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision - Applicant seeks adjournment - Respondent opposes adjournment and seeks dismissal of application under Federal Court Rules 2011 rr 5.22 and 5.23 - adjournment refused - Applicant in default - application for extension of…
    Judge: White 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:

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  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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