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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

  • 10 Dec 2018: Australian Education Union v Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [2018] FCA 1985
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - application for interlocutory order restraining vote for an enterprise agreement - whether misleading representations made concerning proposed agreement - whether representations made "knowingly or recklessly" - whether conduct in trade or commerce - balance of convenience - application dismissed.
    Judge: Wheelahan J
  • 7 Dec 2018: Conway v Fernandez (No 2) [2018] FCA 1975
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to inspect documents in the proceeding - affidavits acted upon in hearing in open court - leave given.
    Judge: Wheelahan J
  • 7 Dec 2018: Newton v Australian Postal Corporation [2018] FCA 2007
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - trial of proceeding seeking, amongst other things, various remedies under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ("FW Act") against four respondents - where at close of case by the applicant a no case to answer submission ("no case submission") is made by some but not all of the respondents - whether a respondent that has tendered a …
    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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