Note: The fees listed below are effective from 1 July 2016.

Cheques or Money orders for the payment of fees should be made payable to the Federal Court of Australia.

A number of fees apply to Federal Circuit Court proceedings pursuant to Schedule 1 Part 2 of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court Regulation 2012.

To view the Regulation see www.legislation.gov.au.

Document or service Fee
Corporations Others
Filing an application $1485 $615
Response
Seeking different orders sought by applicant
$1485 $615
Interlocutory – interim $895 $360
Setting down for hearing fee*
* Note: this fee is not payable for human rights applications, fair work applications alleging breach of general protections or unlawful termination and small claims proceedings in fair work and consumer credit claims.
$1780 $735
Daily Hearing Fee*(for each hearing day, or part of a hearing day excluding the first hearing day)
* Note: this fee is not payable for human rights applications, fair work applications alleging breach of general protections or unlawful termination and small claims proceedings in fair work and consumer credit claims.
$1780 $735
Mediation by a court officer (For each attendance)*
*Note: this fee is not payable for human rights applications, fair work applications alleging breach of general protections or unlawful termination and small claims proceedings in fair work and consumer credit claims.
$495
Filing an Application for a Review of a Registrar's Decision $895 $360
For the hearing of an application (including a cross-claim) under subsection 104(3) of the Federal Circuit Court Act – for each day or part of day $1780 $735
Filing a bill of costs $235
Issuing a subpoena $145 $70

On request, production of file and making of a copy or copies of a document or documents in the file:

Production of the file

$50

For each page included in a copy made in accordance with the request

$1

Seizure and sale of goods $560
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $115

Small claims

Document or service Fee
If the claim is
less than $10,000
If the claim is between
$10,000 and $20,000
Filing of an application under Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 if the applicant indicates they want the small claims procedure to apply $215 $355

Industrial Law

For proceedings other than the following the general application fee applies:

Unlawful termination

Document or service Fee

Filing of an application under section 539 of the Fair Work Act 2009 in either of the following circumstances:

  1. the applicant has been dismissed from employment in alleged contravention of Part 3-1 of that Act;
  2. the applicant alleges a breach of section 351 of that Act
$69.60
Filing of an application under section 539 of the Fair Work Act 2009 if the applicant has been dismissed from employment in alleged contravention of section 772 of that Act. $69.60

Small claims

Document or service Fee
If the claim is
less than $10,000
If the claim is between
$10,000 and $20,000
Filing of an application under section 548 of the Fair Work Act 2009 if the applicant indicates they want the small claims procedure to apply $215 $355

Bankruptcy

Document or service Fee
Publicly listed company Corporations Public authority Others
Filing an application under the Bankruptcy Act 1966 $5210 $3475 $3475 $1445
Application for substituted service of a bankruptcy notice $580 $390 $390 $155
For issuing a summons to a person, under section 50 or 81 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 to attend examination about a debtor's examinable affair $720 $470 $470 $235
Examination by a Registrar under section 50 or 81 of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 – for each day or part of a day $2675 $1780 $1780 $735

Human Rights

Document or service Fee
Human rights (under Section 46PO or 46PP of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986)
Filing an application
$55

Party Category and Fee Calculation

Section 2.02 of the Regulation read in conjunction with the definitions in sections 1.03 and 1.04 sets out the basis of how fees are to be calculated. Fees for filing documents, setting down, for hearing, for mediation and for some services are calculated according to the type of body or person liable to pay them. A publicly listed company pays the highest rate of fees. A corporation and a public authority pay the next highest rate. All others, including any individuals, small businesses or unincorporated not-for-profit association, pay the lowest rate.

So the Courts can assess the correct fee which applies, each party will need to complete a Party Category Information Form.

Note: in some cases, such as if you hold certain government concession cards or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be exempt from the payment of court fees.