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

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Latest Judgments

  • 20 Sep 2019: Fualau v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 1545
    MIGRATION - application for judicial review of a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - single ground relied on - point of no substance - importance of principles that decisions of administrative decision makers are not to be parsed and analysed with a fine-tooth comb and must be read as a whole
    Judge: O'Callaghan J
  • 20 Sep 2019: McCardle v Lyons (2019) FCA 1554
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to appeal an interlocutory order of the Federal Circuit Court - respondents' application for security for costs - security for costs refused.
    Judge: Wheelahan J
  • 20 Sep 2019: Aslami v Board of Trustees of the State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme as Trustee for the QSuper Fund [2019] FCA 1560
    SUPERANNUATION - appeal from a judgment of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (Tribunal) to affirm a decision of the Board of Trustees of the State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme for the QSuper Superannuation Fund to decline the appellant's claim for a total and permanent disablement benefit - construction of the phrase "education,…
    Judge: Reeves 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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