Supreme Court of Tasmania



No 6 of 2014 8 August 2014

The following Practice Direction is published by direction of the Chief Justice, the Honourable Justice Alan Blow OAM.


  1. This Practice Direction concerns the titles of proceedings for the quashing of decisions of the Full Bench of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

  2. Decisions of the Full Bench can be challenged only in proceedings under s72 of the Industrial Relations Act 1984. That section reads as follows:

    "(1) Where a Full Bench makes a decision in respect of an appeal, that decision is, subject to this section, final.

    (2) A person who wishes to challenge a decision of a Full Bench in respect of an appeal may apply to the Supreme Court, by motion supported by affidavit, for an order nisi calling on the Full Bench to show cause why the decision should not be quashed in whole or in part.

    (3) On the return of an order nisi referred to in subsection (2), the Supreme Court may discharge the order or make it absolute with or without costs.

    (4) A decision of a Full Bench in respect of an appeal shall not be challenged otherwise than under this section."

  3. The section provides a statutory remedy. That remedy does not involve any exercise of the Royal Prerogative. Her Majesty the Queen is therefore never a party to proceedings under s72 at any stage, and must not be named as a party.

  4. The appropriate form of application is an originating application not intended to be served – Form 5 under the Supreme Court Forms Rules 2000. Service is ordinarily unnecessary unless and until an order nisi is made.

  5. The person challenging the Full Bench decision must be named as the applicant.

  6. The Tasmanian Industrial Commission must be named as a respondent. Persons whose interests could be affected by the application should also be named as respondents.

  7. Rule 624(2) of the Supreme Court Rules 2000, when it applies, requires the Queen to be named as a party in the title to proceedings. However that sub-rule should not be interpreted as applying to proceedings for an order under s72 of the Industrial Relations Act or any other statutory remedy.