Migration law: Legal resources

Note: The fees listed below are effective from 1 July 2024.

Cheques or Money orders for the payment of fees should be made payable to the Federal Court of Australia.

A number of fees apply to Federal Circuit and Family Court proceedings pursuant to Schedule 1 Part 2 of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court Regulations 2022.

To view the Regulation see www.legislation.gov.au. The current fees are contained within the gazetted Annual federal courts and tribunals fee increases from 1 July 2024.

Document or service Fee
Corporations Others
Filing an application (migration only) (201A)

(a) full fee—$3,920, or

(b) if a Registrar or an authorised officer has determined that the person may pay a reduced fee under section 2.06A—$1,960

Seeking different orders sought by applicant (207)
$1,960 $805
Interlocutory – interim (204)* $1,175 $475
Setting down for hearing fee (215)* $2,340 $970
Daily Hearing Fee* (for each hearing day, or part of a hearing day excluding the first hearing day) (216) $2,340 $875
Mediation by a court officer* (For each attendance) (224) $650
Filing an Application for a Review of a Registrar's Decision (205)* $1,175 $475
For the hearing of an application (including a cross-claim) under subsection 256(2) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court Act – for each day or part of day (218)* $2,340 $970
Filing a bill of costs (203)* $315
Issuing a subpoena (222)* $185 $95
On request, production of file and making of a copy or copies of a document or documents in the file: (219)

Production of the file


For each page included in a copy made in accordance with the request


* Note: this fee is not payable for human rights applications, some fair work applications, and small claims proceedings in fair work and consumer credit claims.

Party Category and Fee Calculation

Section 2.02 of the Regulation read in conjunction with the definitions in sections 1.03 and 1.04 sets out the basis of how fees are to be calculated. Fees for filing documents, setting down, for hearing, for mediation and for some services are calculated according to the type of body or person liable to pay them. A publicly listed company pays the highest rate of fees. A corporation and a public authority pay the next highest rate. All others, including any individuals, small businesses or unincorporated not-for-profit association, pay the lowest rate.

So the Courts can assess the correct fee which applies, each party will need to complete a Party Category Information Form.

Note: in some cases, such as if you hold certain government concession cards or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be exempt from the payment of court fees or entitled to a reduced fee.