The Federal Court Registry in New South Wales is located on levels 17 of the Law Courts Building Queens Square Sydney. The building fronts both Phillip Street and Macquarie Street. The street address for the building is 184 Phillip Street, Sydney.
The entrance to the building is from Queens Square and can also be accessed from Phillip Street or Macquarie Street. The building is shared with the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Sydney Registry of the High Court of Australia.
The public enquiry counter is located on level 17. This is where you will need to go to file documents and forms.
Courtrooms are located on levels 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.
There are noticeboards on level 17 and on the ground floor opposite the entrance which show details of the cases which will be heard by the Court each day. The noticeboards on levels 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 show similar information.
For your security and safety, closed circuit television surveillance and perimeter security screening operates in the building. Your bag or personal belongings will be x-rayed (security staff can assist with lifting heavy bags) and you will be asked to walk through a scanner. Refusal to comply may result in you being denied entry to the building. Items considered to be a security risk (including cameras) will be confiscated by staff and a receipt provided. They will be returned to you on departure from the building. Information about prohibited items is displayed in the building’s foyer. If you have any concerns about your personal security or medical concerns about the screening process, please talk to one of the security staff.
Further information is contained on the Law Courts Limited website.
The public enquiry counter is open between 9.00am and 4.30pm.
Telephone enquires can be made from 8.30am until 5.00pm, except on weekends and public holidays.
The Court usually sits from 10.15am until 12.45pm and 2.15pm until 4.30pm. However, some Court proceedings may commence earlier so it is a good idea to check the Daily Court Listings.
Location and transport
Martin Place and St. James train stations provide the closest rail access.
Bus routes to the city, Town Hall, Circular Quay or Wynyard will provide convenient access to the Court.
Buses leave from Macquarie Street near Sydney Hospital.
Go to Transport NSW to find the most suitable bus route for you.
There are parking stations available in Elizabeth and Macquarie Streets and on St Mary's Road.
Designated parking for people with disabilities is located:
1. On Macquarie Street (3 car spaces, no time limit) and opposite the Sydney Eye Hospital,
2. In Phillip Street (2 spaces outside Wentworth Chambers, 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday) and next to the ramp entry to the Law Courts Building.
Other parking station/areas for disabled parking near to the Law Courts Building are:
1. Theatre Royal, MLC Centre, 120 King Street
2. Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Tower, Hunter Street
3. The Domain, Sir John Young Crescent
4. Rear of Sydney Eye Hospital, Hospital Road
5. Shakespeare Place, off Hospital Road, outside Mitchell library (4 spaces).
Information on the Court's procedures relating to assisted dispute resolution and witnesses are available on this site. Information on the Court's jurisdiction including bankruptcy, corporations, human rights, and administrative and constitutional law can be found in Guides.
- Database of cases
There is a computer terminal which can be used to access court forms or to search the Court’s database of cases.
- Court files
You should also approach the enquiry counter if you wish to search a Court file. A fee is payable when searching a Court file and for obtaining copies of any filed documents.
- Wheelchair access
There is wheelchair access to the Court.
- Waiting areas
There is a public waiting area on the ground floor. There are also waiting areas near courtrooms on level 18, 19, 21 and 22 which are available during court hearings.
- Public toilets
Located on level 17 and also on courtroom floors (levels 18, 19, 21 and 22) which are open during court hearings.
There are numerous cafes, lunch bars and food courts in the surrounding area.
- Child care
Court staff cannot provide child care. The Child Care Finder website offers a database of accredited child care centres, searchable by postcode, suburb or service name.
- No smoking
The Commonwealth of Australia has a no smoking policy and smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, contact the Court through the National Relay Service:
- TTY users
Phone 133 677
then ask for 1300 720 980
- Speak and Listen users
Phone 1300 555 727
then ask for 1300 720 980
- Internet relay users
Connect to the NRS (www.relayservice.gov.au)
and then ask for 1300 720 980.