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If someone wins a case, they may ask for an order that the other side pay their costs.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia can order costs in general protections cases where:
You should get
legal advice about the strength of your case. You should also get
legal advice if your employer tells you they are going to ask the Court for a costs order.
If you want to ask the Court for orders that the employer pay your costs, it is possible to do this at the time that the Judge tells you that you have won the case.
You must apply for a cost order within 28 days of a final order being made in your case. You should contact the Court if you forgot to ask the Judge about costs when they made their decision about your case.
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Going to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia - Frequently Asked Questions.