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About this NPA

The Employment and Industrial Relations National Practice Area (NPA) comprises of civil and criminal matters arising under the Fair Work jurisdiction and related legislation including:

  • workplace-related applications
  • writs of mandamus or prohibition
  • injunctions
  • declarations
  • prosecutions
  • matters transferred or appealed from the Federal Circuit Court, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 2 Apr 2020: Joseph v Parnell Corporate Services Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 426
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - whether wrongful termination of employment contract - misconduct CONTRACT - notice of termination of employment - reliance upon grounds other than those stated in letter of termination - misconduct included disclosure of confidential information CONTRACT - damages for settlement of proceedings instituted overseas - whether…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 31 Mar 2020: Shahin Enterprises Pty Ltd v Mathew [2020] FCAFC 57
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - appeal against judgment of the South Australian Employment Court (SAEC) declaring that the Appellant had contravened s 323 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) in three respects - whether the findings of a SAEC Deputy President regarding the Respondent's starting times were in error - whether the Appellant was denied procedural…
    Judge: White, Bromwich and Charlesworth JJ
  • 30 Mar 2020: Quirk v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (Pleadings Reinstatement) [2020] FCA 412
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - whether to reinstate paragraphs of pleadings previously struck out - where strike out application made at commencement of trial - where impugned paragraphs sought to allege existence of transcripts and reports of Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption EVIDENCE - hearsay - admissibility of transcripts…
    Judge: Perram J

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Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

  • Commencing an originating application alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection proceeding:
  • Form 79 - Originating application under the Fair Work Act alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection
  • Commencing application for a writ of mandamus, prohibition or injunction under section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) must file:
  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B Judiciary Act


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