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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

  • 19 Apr 2024: Heal v Sydney Flames Basketball Pty Ltd [2024] FCA 401
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - general protections - adverse action - workplace rights - whether employee had or exercised workplace rights - whether alleged workplace rights were workplace rights within the meaning of s 341(1)(c) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) - consideration of the meaning of "complaint" or "inquiry" an employee is "able to make"…
    Judge: Halley J
  • 18 Apr 2024: O'Brien v Caboolture Aero Club Inc [2024] FCA 392
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to amend statement of claim - whether there is sufficient explanation for the delay - whether amendments are 'hopeless' and could not succeed - whether there is prejudice suffered by the respondents - whether issues arise out of the same substratum of facts - amendments required to determine the real…
    Judge: Meagher J
  • 9 Apr 2024: Fair Work Ombudsman v DTF World Square Pty Ltd (in liq) (No 4) [2024] FCA 341
    INDUSTRIAL LAW -- pecuniary penalties -- where corporate respondents found to have contravened multiple provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and participated in a fraudulent scheme to conceal their wrongdoing from authorities -- where two senior employees (accessories) were found to have been involved in most of those contraventions and…
    Judge: Katzmann 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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