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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.

The Courts

Provides information about the courts and the Australian legal system. Includes links to state and territory Supreme Courts.

Attorney-General's Department

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government and some non-government bodies.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Australian Competition Tribunal

Hears applications for review of determinations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Australian Competition Tribunal

Commonwealth Courts Portal

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

Copyright Tribunal 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

Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

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

Fair Work Commission

Helps resolve workplace issues, disputes and dismissals that cannot be resolved at the workplace.

Fair Work Commission

Family Court of Australia

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

Federal Circuit 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

Federal 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

High 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

Migration Review Tribunal – Refugee Review Tribunal

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

National Native Title 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

Social Security Appeals 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

Veterans' Review Board

Reviews decisions about repatriation pensions (other than service pensions) and attendant allowances.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

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