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About this NPA

The Employment and Industrial Relations National Practice Area (NPA) comprises of civil and criminal matters arising under the Fair Work jurisdiction and related legislation including:

  • workplace-related applications
  • writs of mandamus or prohibition
  • injunctions
  • declarations
  • prosecutions
  • matters transferred or appealed from the Federal Circuit Court, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 14 Feb 2018: Cook v Australian Postal Corporation [2018] FCA 81
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - judicial review of decisions of the Fair Work Commission - unfair dismissal application pursuant to Pt 3-2 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether unfair dismissal application can be pursued concurrently with unlawful termination FWC application - whether proscribed reasons for terminating employment under s 772 relevant…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 14 Feb 2018: Australian Workers' Union v BlueScope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd [2018] FCA 80
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - alleged contravention of s 50 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether employer contravened a term of enterprise agreement by failing to make superannuation contributions - whether a term of an enterprise agreement must be a source of legal obligation to make out a contravention of s 50 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - whether…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 13 Feb 2018: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (The Bay Street Case) [2018] FCA 83
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ("FW Act"), ss 346(b), 347, 348 - where an officer of an industrial association identified deficiencies in the facilities for workers at a workplace - where workers, following a meeting with officers of the industrial association, took industrial action when the employer did not improve the facilities at…
    Judge: Bromberg J

Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

  • Commencing an originating application alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection proceeding:
  • Form 79 - Originating application under the Fair Work Act alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection
  • Commencing application for a writ of mandamus, prohibition or injunction under section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) must file:
  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B Judiciary Act


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  • Jessup J
  • Bromberg J
  • White J
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