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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

  • 14 Oct 2021: Fair Work Ombudsman v Foot & Thai Massage Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (No 4) [2021] FCA 1242
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - allegations of multiple contraventions of numerous civil penalty provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) relating to employment of seven massage therapists recruited to work from the Philippines - which, if any, award applied - whether employer contravened s 45 of the Act by failing to pay minimum wages, public holiday and…
    Judge: Katzmann J
  • 8 Oct 2021: Alam v National Australia Bank Limited [2021] FCAFC 178
    INDUSTRIAL LAW - appeal against the dismissal of an adverse action claim - Appellant claimed that her employment had been terminated because of her exercise, and proposed exercise, of her workplace right to make complaints or inquiries in relation to her employment - whether the primary Judge erred in failing to consider whether each alleged…
    Judge: White, O'Callaghan and Colvin JJ
  • 6 Oct 2021: Lee v Fair Work Commission [2021] FCA 1188
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for extension of time to seek leave to appeal against interlocutory judgment of a single judge of the Federal Court - primary judge dismissed the proceeding on the basis of procedural deficiencies in the applicant's originating application - application for leave to appeal filed nine days out of time - whether…
    Judge: Rangiah J

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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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  • Bromberg J
  • White J
  • Rangiah J
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