About this NPA
The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:
- matters concerning the judicial review of decisions and conduct involving Commonwealth enactments and powers on grounds relating to the legality, rather than the merits, of the decision, including judicial review applications:
- pursuant to s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Judiciary Act)
- under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (ADJR Act)
- under ss 476A and 476B(3) of the Migration Act 1958
- appeals on questions of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
- complaints about unlawful discrimination no longer being dealt with by the Australian Human Rights Commission
- matters concerning the Australian Constitution.
- 3 Aug 2021:
Garrett, in the matter of various applications by Garrett  FCA 900
Judge: Charlesworth J
- 3 Aug 2021:
Hillis v Minister for Home Affairs  FCA 892
MIGRATION - where prerogative relief sought in respect of cancellation of applicant's visa - whether Minister's discretion to cancel visa was a lawful exercise of jurisdiction - whether serious errors made in Minister's reasoning - whether Minister's discretion was unlawful because it was unreasonable - where decision illogical and irrational -…
Judge: Wigney J
- 30 Jul 2021:
Frugtniet v Secretary, Department of Social Services  FCAFC 127
SOCIAL SECURITY - appeal from the primary judge's order dismissing an appeal from a decision of the Tribunal which affirmed a decision of a delegate of the Secretary to apply an amount of family tax benefit due to the appellant in partial discharge of the appellant's indebtedness to the Commonwealth - where the appellant's entitlement to family…
Judge: O'Callaghan, Wheelahan and Snaden JJ
Latest Speeches & Papers
- 4 Sep 2019:
Of shields and swords - let the jousting begin!
Presented at Freedom19 Conference, Sydney, by Justice Sarah Derrington.
- 15 Feb 2019:
The federal and state courts on constitutional law: The 2018 term
Presented to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, 2019 Constitutional Law Conference, by Justice Moshinsky.
- 29 Nov 2017:
Rationality and reason in administrative law - Would a roll of the dice be just as good?
Presented at the Australian Academy of Law WA Chapter lecture, Perth, by The Hon R French AC.
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Forms & Rules
The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:
- An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:
- An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:
- An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:
- An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:
- An application for unlawful discrimination under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)
Administrative & Constitutional Law
- Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act
- Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)
- Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth)
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth)
Human RightsMore Legislation
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