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The Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction with respect to civil matters arising under Part IIB or IIC of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

The Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction to determine a complaint which has been terminated by the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission where the President has given notice under sub-section 46PH(2) of the termination. This jurisdiction is conferred by section 46PE or 46PH of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

There are no monetary jurisdictional limits upon the Federal Circuit Court in proceedings under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

The Federal Circuit Court may provide substantive relief, interim relief in relation to complaints under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975Sex Discrimination Act 1984Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

Under section 46PO(4) the Federal Circuit Court can make:

  1. an order declaring that the respondent has committed unlawful discrimination and directing the respondent not to repeat or continue such unlawful discrimination;
  2. an order requiring a respondent to perform any reasonable act or course of conduct to redress any loss or damage suffered by an applicant;
  3. an order requiring a respondent to employ or re-employ an applicant;
  4. an order requiring a respondent to pay to an applicant damages by way of compensation for any loss or damage suffered because of the conduct of the respondent;
  5. an order requiring a respondent to vary the termination of a contract or agreement to redress any loss or damage suffered by an applicant;
  6. an order declaring that it would be inappropriate for any further action to be taken in the matter.