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Latest Judgments

  • 22 May 2019: AAF18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 739
    MIGRATION - appeal from decision of the Federal Circuit Court dismissing application for review of decision of the Immigration Assessment Authority affirming delegate's decision to refuse safe haven enterprise visa - where no jurisdictional error demonstrated - appeal dismissed
    Judge: Colvin J
  • 22 May 2019: Kumar v Secretary, Department of Social Services [2019] FCA 735
    COSTS - application for a lump sum costs order under r 40.02(b) of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - dismissal of claim for relief under s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) and related, associated damages claim - consequential application for vexatious proceedings order under s 37AO(1)(a) of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) -…
    Judge: Logan J
  • 22 May 2019: CQI16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] FCA 718
    MIGRATION - appeal against the dismissal of an application for judicial review in the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) of a decision by the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) to refuse to grant the Appellant a Safe Haven Enterprise (Class XE) Subclass 790 visa - whether the FCC erred in failing to find that the IAA misconstrued the law and asked…
    Judge: White J

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Forms & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

Administrative Law:

  • An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:


  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903


  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:


  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review


  • An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:


  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal


Constitutional Law:

  • An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:


  • Form 18 – Notice of a constitutional matter under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)


Human Rights:


  • Form 116 – Originating application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Form 59 – Affidavit
  • Form 17 – Statement of claim


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  • Robertson J
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