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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

  • 21 Mar 2019: Sawtell v P. J. Clarke Investments (Qld) Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 385
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - notice of appeal - failure to state grounds of appeal - decision not attendant with arguable appellable error - appeal dismissed PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - respondent corporation not represented by a lawyer - compliance with rule dispensed with - compliance would be an unnecessary formality
    Judge: Flick J
  • 15 Mar 2019: Moffet v Dental Corporation Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 344
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - whether Respondent misrepresented employment as independent contracting arrangement - whether Respondent failed to make payments for accrued but untaken annual leave - whether Respondent failed to make payments with respect to accrued long service leave - whether Applicant was an employee or independent contractor at common law -…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 13 Mar 2019: Liu v Stephen Grubits and Associates (No 2) [2019] FCAFC 42
    Judge: Reeves, Kerr and Lee JJ

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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