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The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

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Latest Judgments

  • 1 Mar 2024: AKW22 v Commonwealth of Australia [2024] FCAFC 22
    MIGRATION - application for leave to appeal against decision striking out statement of claim and summarily dismissing the proceedings - where notice of appeal filed three days late - where proceedings sought damages for false imprisonment - whether both elements of the tort must pleaded despite onus on respondent to prove lawful justification -…
    Judge: Sarah C Derrington, Goodman and Raper JJ
  • 1 Mar 2024: NDBR v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs [2024] FCA 168
    MIGRATION - application for judicial review of decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Tribunal affirmed decision of Minister's delegate to refuse to grant a Temporary Protection (Class XD) visa pursuant to s 501(1) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - denial of procedural fairness by Tribunal - failure to follow recommendations of medical…
    Judge: McEvoy J
  • 1 Mar 2024: Foley v Australian Information Commissioner [2024] FCA 169
    PRIVACY - breach of privacy - unauthorised access of personal information - inadequate data protection systems - breach of Australian Privacy Principles - ss 13 and 15 of Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) - investigation of representative complaint - earlier representative complaint - construction of ss 36, 38 and 39 of the Act - whether s 39 precludes…
    Judge: Beach 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


Self-Represented Litigants

If you are starting a matter or a person has started a matter against you and you do not have legal representation and are conducting the matter and acting for yourself then you are called a self-represented litigant.

The Court has developed a number of resources to assist litigants including:

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