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About this NPA

The Other Federal Jurisdiction National Practice Area (NPA) encompasses cases that do not readily fit into any of the Court’s eight subject-matter NPAs.

Jurisdiction of the Court  

The jurisdiction of the Court is described in the About Us section of the website. See further, the Resources section below.

The relationship between the eight subject-matter NPAs and the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA

The eight subject-matter NPAs do not exhaust the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia. They are the main bodies of work of the Court. Many other matters may, however, be brought in the Court that do not conveniently fit into these NPAs.

This NPA is designed to encompass cases that do not readily fit into any of the other existing NPAs. For instance, cases may arise under a law of the parliament (s 39B(1A)(c)) of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) or otherwise in federal jurisdiction that is conferred on the Court such as cases that are in substance negligence claims for damages (such as under legislation governing civil aviation), or defamation, or cases involving the Court acting as a Court of disputed returns. This list is not by any means exhaustive. If the Court has jurisdiction but the matter does not fall within one of the eight NPAs, the matter will be managed within this NPA.

Allocation of matters in this NPA

Under this NPA, depending on the specialised nature of the subject matter, an allocation will be made under the existing protocols for allocation.

The Court will ensure that the judge allocated to manage a case falling within this NPA has particular expertise in the underlying areas of law in the subject of the proceeding.

Illustrative areas of law in this NPA

By way of illustration, some of the following types of claims are likely to fall within this NPA:

  • Negligence: such as a claim based in common law negligence against the operator of an offshore petroleum project, seeking compensation for losses caused by environmental damage.
  • Defamation: such as a matter concerning a story broadcast on television and an article published in print and online that was alleged to contain defamatory imputations.
  • Civil Aviation: such as a claim for damages (alleged assault) made against an airline company under Article 21(1) of the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999 and s 9E of the Civil Aviation (Carrier’s Liability) Act 1959 (Cth).
  • Election-related disputes: such as a petition disputing the validity of an election or return - to be heard by the Federal Court as the ‘Court of Disputed Returns’, having such jurisdiction as referred by the High Court, under s 354 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth).

Latest Judgments

  • 21 Oct 2019: Jorgensen v Jorgensen [2019] FCA 1742
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - refusal to order that interlocutory application lodged with Registry be accepted for filing where previous orders restricted filing of new application until determination of current proceeding or further Order - current substantive proceedings concern application under s 37AO Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) -…
    Judge: Collier J
  • 17 Oct 2019: Bellino v Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd (No 2) [2019] FCA 1691
    DEFAMATION - defences made out - applicant of bad character PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Calderbank offer - order for indemnity costs - indemnity costs ordered
    Judge: Flick J
  • 10 Oct 2019: Chau v The Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2019] FCA 1856
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - amendment of pleadings - application for leave to amend defence to include more extensive particulars of justification relating to imputations of bribery - where proposed particulars were highly unlikely to support the admission of evidence that could prove substantial truth of imputations of bribery and where objective…
    Judge: Rares J
  • 4 Oct 2019: Pettiona v Nationwide News Pty Limited [2019] FCA 1690
    DEFAMATION - whether the cap on damages in s 35 of the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) applies to multiple applicants jointly or severally - held cap applies severally PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for consolidation of proceedings - where two proceedings were commenced unnecessarily - proceedings consolidated
    Judge: Lee J
  • 4 Oct 2019: Omaya Investments Pty Ltd v Nationwide News Pty Ltd (Form of Orders) [2019] FCA 1653
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - where interlocutory application for injunction to edit existing publication previously granted - where parties unable to agree on form of order
    Judge: Perram J

Practice Notes

Due to the nature of this NPA, the Court, at this time, does not intend to issue a practice note. A practice note or further guiding information will be published on this website as and when needed.

However, parties should always be familiar with the guiding case management principles in the Central Practice Note (CPN-1).

To the extent relevant, parties should also be familiar with the general practice notes of the Court, including:

Forms, Rules & Fees

Due to the potentially broad range of actions relevant to this NPA it is impractical to provide an exhaustive list of forms and rules. However, below are some of the potentially relevant forms and rules for some proceedings commenced in this NPA:


Parties should consider whether it is necessary to file a Genuine Steps Statement (Form 16) in certain proceedings in this NPA – see r 8.02 of the Federal Court Rules and the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (including sections 6, 7 and 16).

Filing fees for commencing a proceeding in this NPA may apply. Information about Court fees, including the fees payable and circumstances where an exemption or deferral can be given is available in Forms, Fees & Costs or from the Registry.


The following resources may be of assistance in the respect of the subject of the jurisdiction of the Federal Court:


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