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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

  • 15 Sep 2023: Hun v Aljazeera International (Malaysia) SDN BHD [2023] FCA 1103
    DEFAMATION - where the applicant has brought two separate proceedings for defamation - applications by respondents in both proceedings seeking orders pursuant to r 30.01 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) to determine the serious harm element as a separate matter - application also brought by the respondents in one proceeding pursuant to s…
    Judge: McEvoy J
  • 13 Sep 2023: Selkirk v Hocking (No 2) [2023] FCA 1085
    DEFAMATION - s 10A(1) of the Defamation Act 2005 (Vic) - where order previously made that the "serious harm element" of the cause of action for defamation brought against fifth and sixth respondents by the applicant be heard separately from any other questions pursuant to s 37P of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) and r 30.01 of the…
    Judge: O'Callaghan J
  • 29 Aug 2023: Blaylock-Rayner v Seven Network (Operations) Limited [2023] FCA 1026
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to strike out contextual imputations and particulars of defence - whether pleaded imputations are conveyed by matter complained of - whether pleaded imputations are otherwise bad in form - whether pleaded imputations are capable of being proven based on particulars - application dismissed
    Judge: Anderson J
  • 25 Aug 2023: Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited (No 44) [2023] FCA 1013
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE -- application for disqualification from hearing and determining two applications brought by the Commonwealth of Australia on ground of apprehended bias -- where application brought by the applicant in three unsuccessful defamation proceedings -- where serious findings of fact and credit made against the applicant in main…
    Judge: Besanko J
  • 22 Aug 2023: KMPG Pty Ltd v Owen [2023] FCA 987
    DEFAMATION - application for extension of time to commence proceedings - where application otherwise out of time by reason of s 15 of the Limitation Act 2005 (WA) - consideration of nature of discretion in extending limitation period - where identity of authors difficult to identify - where need for two applications for discovery - where personal…
    Judge: Colvin 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)
  • Lee J (Defamation)
  • Wheelahan J (Defamation)
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