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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10721366
Federal Court of Australia Closing date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Job Title: National Appeals Registrar
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Melbourne - VIC
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Court has successfully implemented a number of important reforms through the National Court Framework (NCF). The NCF is a fundamental reform of the Court and the way it operates. The key purpose of the NCF is to reinvigorate the Court's approach to case management by further modernising the Court's operations so that the Court is better placed to meet the demands of litigants and can operate as a truly national and international Court.

Under the NCF, it is critical that the original jurisdiction and appellate arms of the Court work cohesively to ensure that matters (both original jurisdiction and appellate) are allocated, case managed and determined as effectively and efficiently as possible. As part of that aim, the National Operations Registrar (NOR) and the National Operations Team are responsible for the appellate arm of the Court. This national responsibility for the appellate workload of the Court, involves:
- Analysing all Full Court and appellate matters that are filed with the Court.
- Working collaboratively with the Chief Justice, National Appeals Coordinating Judges and Migration Liaison Judges to identify the character of each appeal and provide recommendations regarding case management.
- Directly undertaking a substantial proportion of the case management steps in Full Court and appellate matters, including liaison with litigants and legal representatives.
- Working closely with the Chief Justice, judges and the NOR in respect of the allocation and listing of Full Court and appellate matters during and outside dedicated sitting periods, including dealing with expedited appeals.

The National Appeals Registrar (NAR) is a critical role within the reformed structure of the Court and will support the NOR by being primarily responsible for the management and coordination of the Court’s Full Court and appellate workload. This includes all Full Court matters, as well as single judge non-migration and migration appeals. In doing so, the NAR will play a key leadership role in the following areas:
- Working collaboratively with the Chief Justice, National Appeals Coordinating Judges, Migration Liaison Judges, the NOR and other registrars regarding the management and coordination of the Court’s Full Court and appellate workload.
- Performing delegated judicial functions in relation to the case management of Full Court and appellate matters, including making or overseeing the making of orders.
- Working closely with and managing staff undertaking work in the appellate jurisdiction.
- Liaising with internal and external stakeholders in relation to the Court’s appellate workload.


Formal Qualifications:
This position requires the occupant to perform statutory legal functions, as required, including conducting case management. Therefore, legal qualifications and admission as a practitioner of the High Court and/or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory of Australia is essential.

Employment with the Court is subject to the conditions prescribed in the Public Service Act 1999, and the following:
1. Australian citizenship – the successful applicant must hold Australian citizenship;
2. Security and character clearance – the successful applicant must satisfy a Police Records Check, and may also be required to complete security clearances during the course of their employment;
3. Health clearance – the successful applicant may be required to complete a health declaration or attend a medical assessment to confirm their fitness for duty.

Interested candidates who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency are welcome to apply, but should note that they cannot be engaged until their redundancy benefit period has expired.


For more information on the position, including how to apply, please obtain the position description from the Court’s website by clicking the “apply online” button below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Position Contact: Sia Lagos, (03) 8600 3505
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS10-Tue - 06 Mar 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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