Administrative Notice ACT 1

This Administrative Notice is REVOKED

On 25 October 2016, as part of the National Court Framework (NCF) reforms, all existing Administrative Notices were revoked and 26 new national practice notes were issued, effective immediately.

There will no longer be any administrative state-based notices.

To assist Court users to understand the changes to the practice documents, the Court has prepared:

Administrative arrangements

Australian Capital Territory District Registry

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This Administrative Notice commences on 1 April 2012.  It replaces Administrative Notice ACT 1- Administrative Arrangements issued on 2 August 2011.


1.   The following administrative arrangements will apply to the listing and case management of matters in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Registry of the Federal Court of Australia. 

ACT List Judge and Panel Judges

2.   The Court has a panel of Judges to whose dockets matters filed in the ACT Registry of the Court are allocated.  The ACT Panel Judges are: Bennett, Buchanan, Emmett, Flick, Foster, Jagot, Rares, Robertson and Perram JJ.  Other Judges will also sit as required.  Justice Foster is also currently the ACT List Judge.

Judge listing arrangements

3.   The ACT List Judge will conduct a regular Directions List.  (The list dates are available from the ACT District Registry and online through the Court’s website  Generally, matters filed in the ACT Registry will initially be made returnable in the ACT Directions List.  Depending on the nature of the application, the ACT List Judge may also deal with Interlocutory matters, further directions and such other applications as are appropriate in the ACT Directions List.

4.   The final hearing of cases, the hearing of lengthy Interlocutory Applications or of other urgent applications will be by special fixture.

Registrar’s list

5.   A Registrar’s Bankruptcy, Corporations, Subpoena and Directions list is held monthly, however, matters can be listed by videoconference or phone at other times as required.  A schedule of Registrar’s list dates is issued by the Registry each year and is available through the Court’s

6.   All listing or other enquiries in regard to any hearing in a proceeding or proposed proceeding should be directed to the staff of the ACT Registry on (02) 6267 0666.

Urgent and out of hours applications

7.   Special arrangements will be made on an individual basis to deal with any application that is so urgent that it cannot be satisfactorily accommodated within the ordinary system of filing and listing of cases in the ACT Registry.  Such applications could include relief for:

  • abridgment of time for service of originating process
  • interlocutory injunctions to operate pending the final hearing and determination of a proceedings
  • freezing orders
  • search orders
  • urgent applications under a provision of the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Act 2001.

8.   During business hours enquiries in relation to urgent matters should be directed to the ACT Registry on (02) 6267 0666.  Outside business hours (including on weekends and public holidays), inquirers with urgent matters should contact the Security Desk of the Law Courts Building in Sydney on telephone number (02) 9230 8025.  The Security Desk will refer any inquirer to the Duty Registrar who will then make arrangements to communicate with a Judge and liaise with the applicant for urgent orders.

eLodgment and eCourt

9.   The Federal Court eLodgment portal allows litigants to commence proceedings by way of electronic lodgement rather than by attending the Registry or fax filing.  Accordingly, any matter may be commenced electronically via the portal at  

10.     Details about matters filed in the Court including information about hearing dates and orders made are available online through the Court’s website at

Issuing of entered and sealed Court orders

11.     The Court’s online Federal Law Search database includes the text of many Court orders.  Rather than submitting hardcopy orders for settlement and entry, parties are encouraged to check Federal Law Search for the relevant order and then request a sealed and entered order by contacting the ACT Registry in person or by phone on 6267 0666, by fax on 6267 0625 or by email to specifying the file number and name as well as the date of the required order.

Michael Wall
NSW/ACT District Registrar
1 April 2012

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