Recent Cases

Aurizon Operations Limited v Australian Rail Tram and Bus Industry Union NSW Branch; The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator v Australian Rail Tram and Bus Industry Union NSW Branch [2024] NSWCA 24 (16 February 2024) (Mitchelmore and Adamson JJA, Griffiths AJA)


Catchwords:


ADMINISTRATIVE LAW –– jurisdictional error –– decision of National Rail Safety Regulator to grant application to vary rail operator’s accreditation under the Rail Safety National Law (NSW) –– whether decision maker erred in construing the consultation requirements in s 99(3)(a)(iii) of the Rail Safety National Law –– whether primary judge erred in declaring the decision maker’s decision invalid

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW –– jurisdictional error –– decision of National Rail Safety Regulator to grant application to vary rail operator’s accreditation under the Rail Safety National Law (NSW) –– whether decision maker misunderstood the nature of the opinion required to be formed under ss 99(3)(a)(i) and 99(3)(a)(iii) of the Rail Safety National Law –– whether decision maker misapprehended nature of opinion required to be formed under ss 65(c)(iii) and 69(1)(a) of the Rail Safety National Law –– whether decision maker’s decision is invalid

CIVIL PROCEDURE –– Court of Appeal –– leave to amend Notice of Contention –– whether respondent’s amendment prejudices the appellant –– whether respondent can raise new points on appeal –– leave to amend granted –– respondent constrained by evidence adduced at first instance

COURTS AND JUDGES –– judges –– duty to accord procedural fairness –– obligation to decide the case on the bases argued

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION –– Rail Safety National Law (NSW) –– meaning of s 99(3)(a)(i) –– whether primary judge erred in declaring s 99(3)(a)(i) a deeming provision –– consideration of the text, context and legislative purpose of s 99(3)(a)(i) –– effect of phrase “persons likely to be affected”

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION –– Rail Safety National Law (NSW) –– meaning of s 99(3)(a)(iii) –– whether the term “representing” means “entitled to represent” –– consideration of the text, context and legislative purpose of s 99(3)(a)(iii)