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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

  • 3 Aug 2021: NSW Trains v Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union [2021] FCA 883
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - enterprise agreement - continued operation after nominal expiry date - whether clause with operation "during the life of the agreement" refers to the nominal expiry date - or whether that clause continues to operate after nominal expiry INDUSTRIAL LAW - power of employer to give instructions - the making of extra claims PRACTICE…
    Judge: Flick J
  • 30 Jul 2021: Transport Workers' Union of Australia v Qantas Airways Limited [2021] FCA 873
    EMPLOYMENT LAW - adverse action - decision of Qantas to outsource ground handling operations at ten Australian airports in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - whether substantial and operative reason for outsourcing was for a prohibited reason - ss 340 and 346 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) - consideration of the "reverse onus" - consideration…
    Judge: Lee J
  • 29 Jul 2021: Fair Work Ombudsman v Doll House Training Pty Ltd (r 4.01 Application) [2021] FCA 882
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for dispensation with Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) r 4.01(2) requiring corporation to be represented by lawyer - where proposed representative has been referred to Legal Services Commission for acting as 'litigation process consultant'
    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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