Judgment summaries


21 December 2016

RP v The Queen (PDF 292K) (RTF 435K)

Southern Han Breakfast Point Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) v Lewence Construction Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 297K) (RTF 370K)

Elecnet (Aust) Pty Ltd (as Trustee for the Electrical Industry Severance Scheme) v Commissioner of Taxation of the Commonwealth of Australia (PDF 294K) (RTF 359K)

14 December 2016

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act (PDF 299K) (RTF 384K)

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (PDF 293K) (RTF 364K)

07 December 2016

Simic & Ors v NSW Land and Housing Corportion and Ors (PDF 23k) (RTF 616k)

The Queen v Kilic (PDF 23k) (RTF 605k)


News Room

Judicial Appointment Announcement
Press Release (PDF 26k)

NOTICE - Reference by the Senate to the Court of Disputed Returns - MR ROBERT JOHN DAY AO
Notice Court of Disputed Returns - Day

New Robes
Press Release (updated 6 Oct 2016)

Retirement of Chief Justice
The Chief Justice of the High Court has advised the Prime Minister of his intention to resign from office with effect from midnight on 29 January 2017. The resignation will take effect a few weeks ahead of the Chief Justice's 70th birthday on 19 March 2017 in order that his successor may take up office at the commencement of the 2017 sittings on 30 January 2017.
Andrew Phelan.
Chief Executive & Principal Registrar. 23 Mar 2016

Changes to Special Leave
For further details please click here

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) 2015-16.  Please click on the link below:
PAE Statements 2015–16

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2016–17
Please click on the link below:
Portfolio Budget Statements 2016–17




   2015-2016 Annual Report

   (PDF 7.3M) – full report

Opening Hours

The Canberra building is open to the public from:

Monday to Friday: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm
Sunday: midday to 4.00 pm

Normal Court sitting hours are from:
10.15 am to 12.45 pm and 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm
The building is closed on public holidays. Admission to the High Court building is free of charge.

 2017 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 236k) (HTML)

Exhibitions at the Court

CIT Photography Exhibition

Event Information (RTF 44k)
Exhibition Flyer (JPG 111k)

Peter Hislop, photographer
People, Performances and Places

Sunday 11 December 2016 to 25 January 2017

Peter Hislop is a photographer specialising in documenting fine music performance and performers.
Peter became interested in photography and classical music in his teens, and managed to combine both at age twenty as volunteer editor of Sydney radio 2MBS-FM's monthly magazine. He is a graduate of the four year Photography course at Sydney TAFE and holds a Degree in Graphic Design (Hons) from the University of Canberra.
Peter currently works full-time as a Public Servant, and documents approximately two hundred music events per annum in his free time. The images are donated to the performers, and a catalogued set is also gifted to the National Film and Sound Archives as part of their documentation of Australia’s music making.
This exhibition looks back forty years to the beginning of this work and comes forward to the present in a personal journey through fond memories of people, performances and places.

Music at the Court

All scheduled 2016 concerts are listed here.

Visitors on Sunday can also wander around the building and enter the main courtroom where a Court Guide will explain the history, functions and contemporary role of the High Court.

Audio Visual Recordings

Audio-visual recordings of Full Court hearings heard in Canberra are now available.



A short documentary on the High Court of Australia: