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.
Provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government and some non-government bodies.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Hears applications for review of determinations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Australian Competition Tribunal
Provides online services allowing clients to access information about cases before the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
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 Magistrates Court.
Family Court of Australia
Hears less complex disputes in matters under family, 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
Conducts merit reviews of visa and visa-related decisions made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal
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
Reviews decisions made by the Department of Human Services under the social security law, family assistance law, child support scheme and some other statutes.
Social Security Appeals Tribunal
Reviews decisions about repatriation pensions (other than service pensions) and attendant allowances.
Department of Veterans' Affairs