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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.

Areas of law within this NPA

  • Defamation Sub-area: The Defamation Sub-area is a Sub-area within the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA and covers all manner of defamation disputes within federal jurisdiction, including defamation cases that may arise under a law of the Parliament (s 39B(1A)(c) of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)). 

By way of illustration, other types of claims that are likely to fall within this NPA include:

Latest Judgments

  • 22 Oct 2021: Gould v Jordan (No 2) [2021] FCA 1289
    DEFAMATION - hearing and determination of certain issues in advance of other issues - impugned statements found to convey the imputations pleaded by the applicant and found to be defamatory - whether the impugned statements were made on an occasion of qualified privilege as a reply to attacks - whether the impugned statements were a fair report of …
    Judge: White J
  • 22 Oct 2021: Nassif v Seven Network (Operations) Ltd [2021] FCA 1286
    DEFAMATION - where numerous defamatory imputations alleged - where publication complained of was a news story broadcast by Channel Seven on "Seven News" in Sydney - consideration of whether the alleged imputations were conveyed by the publications - whether the imputations carried a defamatory meaning - where defence of contextual truth pleaded…
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 21 Oct 2021: Karpik v Carnival plc (The Ruby Princess) (Stay Application Costs) [2021] FCA 1290
    COSTS - application for costs of interlocutory application to be payable forthwith - general rule that costs of an interlocutory application should not be taxed until the proceeding is finished - whether any reason to depart from the general rule - application refused
    Judge: Stewart J
  • 21 Oct 2021: Lanzer v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2021] FCA 1283
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for interlocutory injunction - allegation that first respondent has contravened or threatens to contravene s 182(2) or s 183(2) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) by knowingly inducing a contravention of s 182(1) or s 183(1) by the applicants' former employees - whether first respondent has induced or procured…
    Judge: Nicholas J
  • 14 Oct 2021: Kandola v Google LLC [2021] FCA 1262
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to serve originating application on first prospective respondent seeking preliminary discovery out of jurisdiction pursuant to rr 10.42 and 10.43 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - where prospective applicants also seek orders for substituted service by email due to delays arising from COVID-19…
    Judge: Cheeseman J

Practice Notes

Due to the broad nature of this NPA, practice notes within the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA will be developed as necessary. The Defamation Sub-area has a dedicated practice note:

Parties should also 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.


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National Coordinating Judges

  • Rares J (Defamation)
  • White J (Defamation)
  • Lee J (Defamation)
  • Wheelahan J (Defamation)
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