High Court of Australia

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2018] HCA 3

14 Feb 2018

Case Number: M65/2017

Before

Kiefel CJ, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Gordon JJ

Catchwords

Industrial law – Pecuniary penalties – Where union official contravened civil remedy provision of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – Where union contravened civil remedy provision through union official's conduct – Where s 546 of Fair Work Act provides court can order person to pay pecuniary penalty – Where s 545(1) of Fair Work Act provides court can make any order it considers appropriate if satisfied person contravened, or proposes to contravene, civil remedy provision – Where pecuniary penalties imposed on both union official and union – Whether s 545(1) or s 546 of Fair Work Act or s 23 of Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) empowers court to order that union not indemnify union official against pecuniary penalty – Whether s 545(1) or s 546 of Fair Work Act or s 23 of Federal Court of Australia Act empowers court to order that union official not seek or accept indemnity or contribution from union in respect of pecuniary penalty.

Words and phrases – "appropriate", "Bragdon order", "civil remedy provision", "deterrence", "implied power", "legally ancillary", "non-indemnification order", "pecuniary penalty", "penal outcome", "penal purpose", "person other than the contravener", "personal payment order", "reasonably required".

Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – ss 545, 546, 564.

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) – s 23.
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