Class Actions Legislation

Class actions were introduced into Australia through the enactment of the Federal Court of Australia Amendment Act 1991 (Cth) which provided for “representative proceedings” through inserting Part IVA into the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) (‘FCA Act’).  Part IVA commenced on 4 March 1992. Access Part IVA here.

In Victoria, a procedure for ‘group proceedings’ was inserted in Part 4A of the Supreme Court Act 1986 (Vic) with effect from 1 January 2000 by the Courts and Tribunals Legislation (Miscellanous Amendments) Act 2000 (Vic).  Access Part 4A here.

In New South Wales, a procedure for ‘representative proceedings’ was inserted in Part 10 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 (NSW) by the Courts and Crimes Legislation Further Amendment Act 2010 (NSW). Part 10 commenced from 4 March 2011.  Access Part 10 here.