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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

  • 29 Sep 2022: Parry v University of South Australia [2022] FCAFC 168
    EMPLOYMENT LAW - appeal from orders dismissing an application alleging contravention of s 340 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA) - where primary judge found that the respondent terminated the applicant's employment for reasons that did not include his possession or exercise of a workplace right to protect his health and safety in the workplace…
    Judge: Banks-smith, O'Sullivan, Feutrill JJ
  • 29 Sep 2022: Pigozzo v Mineral Resources Ltd [2022] FCA 1166
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to restrict inspection of documents - application to strike out - application for injunction and non-publication of documents - pleadings dispute - strike-out principles - confidential information - legal professional privilege - principles of inferred waiver of privilege - privilege not waived - paragraphs…
    Judge: Feutrill J
  • 28 Sep 2022: Murphy v Chapple [2022] FCAFC 165
    INDUSTRIAL LAW -- appeal against primary judge's characterisation of employment relationship and associated contraventions of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) -- where primary judge correctly found that employment contract orally varied such that appellant performed limited role as employee and otherwise was independent contractor for tax minimisation --…
    Judge: Jagot, Banks-smith and Jackson JJ

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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