Judgment summaries


17 June 2015

Gnych & Anor v Polish Club Limited (PDF 293K) (RTF 606K)

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v WZAPN & Anor; WZARV v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 297K) (RTF 608K)

Construction, Foresty, Mining and Energy Union v Boral Resources (Vic) Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 292K) (RTF 608K)




  2015 Judgment summaries


News Room

Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition on display at the High Court of Australia 11 June – 2 July, 2015

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Press Release
Passing of Sir Kenneth Jacobs KBE (PDF 48K) (RTF 589K)

Legal Practitioner's Scale of Costs 
Joint Costs Advisory Committee (JCAC) Inquiry
(PDF 14K). Submission deadline: 29 June 2015.

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2015–16
Please click on the link below:
Portfolio Budget Statements 2015–16

Portfolio Additional Estimates (PAE)
2013-14 PAE (PDF 199K) (RTF 980K)



   2013-2014 Annual Report

   (PDF 3.2M) – full report


Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition on display at the High Court of Australia 11 June – 2 July, 2015

The High Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the photographic exhibition Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving will be on display with free admission at the High Court of Australia in Canberra from Thursday 11 June until Thursday 2 July, 2015.

This bilingual exhibition of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic from Canadian Geographic Magazine gives a glimpse into the lives of Northerners, and offers perspectives on the environment and activities that help shape and influence the diverse circumpolar region.

Through a series of quintessential images of nature and life in the Arctic, Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving brings the beauty of Canada’s North to an Australian audience, and tells the story of how Canada is working with its partners in the Arctic Council (for which it held the Chair from 2013-2015) to ensure economic and environmental development and sustainability during this time of unprecedented opportunity and growth.

For more information about Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving, please contact
Krystal Novak, Public Affairs: (02) 6270 4039, or CNBRAPUBLICAFFAIRS@international.gc.ca


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.

2015 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 347k) (HTML)


Sunday Concert Series:

5 July 2015 at 1:30pm: The Big Bang: Hoffman Wind, City Band and The Bone Project
This remarkable event will combine the massed forces of Canberra City Band, Hoffmann Winds and The Bone Project to create one of the most outstanding brass experiences in 2015... [more info...]

16 August 2015 at 1:30pm: Coro Chamber Music
Two-time finalists for 'Best ACT Choral/Vocal Group' at the 2012 and 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards, Coro Chamber Music returns to the High Court to present a concert designed to keep out the Canberra winter chill... [more info...]

6 September 2015 at 1:30pm: Polifemy & The Gentlemen's Agreement: Polifemy & The Gentlemen's Agreement
A special performance of Benjamin Britten’s Advance Democracy featuring both groups will pay homage to the High Court’s position at the heart of Australian democracy... [more info...]

4 October 2015 at 1:30pm: The Llewellyn Choir
In this concert the Llewellyn Choir joins the New Caledonia French Choir for a banquet of choral treats by Verdi, Cherubini and Brahms, served to you with passion by this doubled choir... [more info...]

01 November 2015 at 1:30pm: Soundscapes: Music for Massed Ensembles: Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society, Polifemy, Mass Recorders and Trumpets
A scintillating exploration of the soundscape within the High Court, contrasting the vocal, woodwind and brass sounds of the Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS), Polifemy, a female... [more info...]

13 December 2015 at 1:30pm: Special Christmas Concert - Directed by Helen Moore
This promises to be an uplifting concert of Christmas music for the whole family, and a beautiful celebration of and a conclusion to the Court’s 2015 concert program... [more info...]

All scheduled 2015 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: