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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 cases involving the Court acting as a Court of disputed returns. 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 Oct 2021: Kandola v Google LLC [2021] FCA 1262
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to serve originating application on first prospective respondent seeking preliminary discovery out of jurisdiction pursuant to rr 10.42 and 10.43 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - where prospective applicants also seek orders for substituted service by email due to delays arising from COVID-19…
    Judge: Cheeseman J
  • 7 Oct 2021: Webb v Commonwealth of Australia [2021] FCA 1215
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for pleadings to be struck out under r 16.21 of Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - whether statement of claim likely to cause prejudice, embarrassment and delay - whether statement of claim fails to disclose reasonable cause of action - application for strike out granted - whether applicant should have leave to…
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 23 Sep 2021: Callan v Chawk [2021] FCA 1182
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for substituted service on respondent in defamation proceedings pursuant to r 10.24 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - whether personal service not practicable - whether proposed methods of substituted service via email, registered post and social media are reasonably likely to bring proceedings to the…
    Judge: Halley J
  • 14 Sep 2021: Quail v Gibson [2021] FCA 1115
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application to set aside originating application - whether Court has jurisdiction - application to set aside originating application granted PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for summary dismissal - where no reasonable prospects of success - whether proceedings are frivolous or vexatious -whether proceedings are an…
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 14 Sep 2021: Tribe v Simmons (No 2) [2021] FCA 1164
    DEFAMATION - permanent injunction to restrain republication of the defamation - where default judgment entered - where respondent failed to file a defence or attend the hearing - whether there is a real risk of repetition of the defamation - where respondent engaged in sustained campaign of tweets repeating the defamation - permanent injunction…
    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.


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NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Rares J (Defamation)
  • White J (Defamation)
  • Lee J (Defamation)
  • Wheelahan J (Defamation)
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