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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 referrals from the High Court of Australia, in its capacity as the Court of Disputed Returns, pursuant to s 329 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. 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

  • 14 Jun 2024: Wikeley v Kea Investments Ltd [2024] FCA 631
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for security for costs - applicant found to be involved in an unlawful conspiracy in New Zealand - applicant has insufficient assets to meet an adverse costs order - applicant is a natural person - whether leave to appeal has reasonable prospects of success - security for costs ordered - quantum and timing of
    Judge: Dowling J
  • 5 Jun 2024: Sunflower Care Services Pty Ltd v Commissioner of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission [2024] FCA 589
    ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - application for interlocutory injunction restraining decision-maker from making administrative decisions and suspending operation of existing administrative decision under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) - where vulnerable individuals potentially affected - whether serious question to be tried - whether …
    Judge: Feutrill J
  • 4 Jun 2024: Saffari v Latitude Financial Services Australia Holdings Pty Ltd [2024] FCA 573
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for joinder of parties where no reasonable cause of action is pleaded against any proposed respondents - application for leave to amend originating application and to file a statement of claim - where no actual loss or damage pleaded for alleged claims in negligence and under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW)…
    Judge: Perry J
  • 3 Jun 2024: Protelight Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd v Wen [2024] FCA 581
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - ex parte application for freezing orders pursuant to rr 7.32 and 7.35 Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - affidavits filed by officer of applicant and lawyer - onus of proof - relevant criteria for satisfaction of Court in granting freezing order - "good arguable case" - danger that judgment will be unsatisfied in whole or in …
    Judge: Collier J
  • 10 May 2024: Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Limited (Costs) [2024] FCA 486
    COSTS - applicant unsuccessful in claim for defamation - where defence of substantial truth established - where no real winners in the litigation - assessment of the conduct of the respondents in exercise of discretion as to costs - facts relating to settlement - Calderbank offer - relevant principles overarching purpose to civil litigation -…
    Judge: Lee 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.


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


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