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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

  • 20 Feb 2017: Romero v Farstad Shipping (Indian Pacific) Pty Ltd (No 4) [2017] FCA 120
    COSTS - applicant awarded nominal damages for breach of contract - settlement offers made by respondent in 2013 and 2014 - subsequent to both offers, claims including a claim part of subject proceeding settled by deed - consideration of whether applicant "successful", in light of award of nominal damages - whether settlement offers effective to…
    Judge: Tracey J
  • 10 Feb 2017: Kulas v Prosegur Australia Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 85
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) - appeal from decision of Administrative Appeals Tribunal - rehabilitation program - refusal or failure to undertake rehabilitation program - whether reasonable excuse - whether Tribunal erroneously received certain evidence
    Judge: Pagone J
  • 8 Feb 2017: Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (the Webb Dock case) [2017] FCA 62
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - Construction industry - Contractors prevented from securing access to site by blockades organised by union officers - Adverse action taken against contractors because of industrial activity and to coerce them to engage in industrial activity - Agreed facts. INDUSTRIAL LAW - Contraventions of civil remedy provisions - Penalties -…
    Judge: Jessup J

Latest Speeches & Papers

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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