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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

  • 24 Apr 2017: Lim v Comcare [2017] FCAFC 64
    WORKERS' COMPENSATION - operation of the exclusion in s 5A of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) - whether injury suffered "as a result of" reasonable administrative action - application of the decision in Martin v Comcare [2016] HCA 43 - matter remitted to Tribunal
    Judge: Kenny, Tracey and Bromberg JJ
  • 21 Apr 2017: United Voice v Phillip Cleaning Service Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 392
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - whether employer complied with legal obligations to employees - whether employees underpaid - whether employer misrepresented employee workplace rights - whether required induction provided - whether payslips complied with regulations
    Judge: Jagot J
  • 21 Apr 2017: General Manager of the Fair Work Commission v McGiveron [2017] FCA 405
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - admitted contraventions of ss 285(1), 286(1) and 287(1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) - assessment of penalties - factors considered
    Judge: Barker 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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