Courts and tribunals
Under Australia’s Constitution, the judiciary is independent from the other arms of government. The Constitution establishes the High Court of Australia and empowers parliament to create other federal courts. Each state and territory has their own laws and court system.
Provides information about the courts and the Australian legal system. Includes links to state and territory Supreme Courts.
Conducts independent merits review of a broad range of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers and officials, authorities and other tribunals.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Hears applications for review of determinations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Australian Competition Tribunal
Family Court of Australia
Inquires into the amount of royalty payable in respect of the recording of musical works; fixes royalties or equitable remuneration in respect of compulsory licences; arbitrates disputes in relation to the terms of existing and proposed licensing schemes; and deals with applications for the granting of licences.
Copyright Tribunal of Australia
Hears and determines appeals from courts martial and Defence Force magistrates in respect of service offences by Australian Defence Force personnel.
Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal
Determines pay and pay related allowances for the regular and reserve members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal
Helps resolve workplace issues, disputes and dismissals that cannot be resolved at the workplace.
Fair Work Commission
Australia’s specialist court dealing with family law disputes. Hears appeals from decisions in family law matters of the Federal Circuit Court.
Family Court of Australia
Hears less complex disputes in matters under family law, administrative, bankruptcy, industrial relations, migration and trade practices law.
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Hears matters on a range of different subjects including bankruptcy, corporations, industrial relations, native title, taxation and trade practices laws, and hears appeals from decisions (except family law decisions) of the Federal Magistrates Court.
Federal Court of Australia
Hears matters involving a dispute about the meaning of the Constitution, as well as final appeals in civil and criminal matters from all courts in Australia.
High Court of Australia
Works with people to develop an understanding of native title and reach enduring native title and related outcomes that recognise everyone's rights and interests in land and waters.
National Native Title Tribunal