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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 and Family Court of Australia, other Courts or the Fair Work Commission.

Latest Judgments

  • 21 Sep 2022: United Firefighters' Union of Australia v Country Fire Authority (No 3) [2022] FCA 1116
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application by applicant to join a party as a respondent under r 9.05(1) of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - application refused
    Judge: O'Callaghan J
  • 19 Sep 2022: Mpinda v Fair Work Commission [2022] FCA 1111
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for unfair dismissal - applications for summary dismissal and stay of proceedings - applicant contends that the second and third respondents entered into a settlement agreement regarding unfair dismissal application without his consent -whether facts in the originating application and supporting material…
    Judge: Feutrill J
  • 19 Sep 2022: Thomas v Romeo Lockleys Asset Partnership [2022] FCA 1106
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for approval of the settlement of two representative proceedings under s 33V of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - where lead applicants allege that they did not receive their full entitlements under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 for the hours worked in contravention of the Fair Work Act…
    Judge: Charlesworth J

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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