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Latest Judgments

  • 19 Oct 2018: EEM17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCAFC 180
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court of Australia - refusal of application for protection visa - fast track review process under Pt 7AA of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - where the Secretary of the Department provided to the Immigration Assessment Authority documents that had not been before the Minister when the Minister made the decision …
    Judge: Barker, Griffiths and Moshinsky JJ
  • 19 Oct 2018: AKT16 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 1565
    MIGRATION - appeal from a decision of a Federal Circuit Court judge raising two grounds of appeal - where leave sought by appellant to raise two further grounds of appeal - where grounds of appeal allege that the Federal Circuit Court failed to find that the Tribunal erred - whether Tribunal erred by determining without a logical and probative…
    Judge: O'Callaghan J
  • 19 Oct 2018: Hunt v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (No 2) [2018] FCA 1581
    MIGRATION - application for extension of time to apply for judicial review of Minister's decision to exercise discretion and cancel applicant's visa - visa cancelled on character grounds pursuant to s 501(2) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - whether Minister fell into jurisdictional error - whether applicant's criminal record was obtained…
    Judge: Barker 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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National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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