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

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Latest Judgments

  • 3 Aug 2021: Garrett, in the matter of various applications by Garrett [2021] FCA 900
    Judge: Charlesworth J
  • 3 Aug 2021: Hillis v Minister for Home Affairs [2021] 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 [2021] 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

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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:

NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Collier J
  • Perry J
  • Moshinsky J
  • Charlesworth J
  • Jackson J
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Urgent Applications