Stellar Class Action

Adero Law filed a class action against Stellar Personnel and Stellar Recruitment in December 2018 on behalf of Stellar employees who were employed on casual terms of engagement. The class action claims that production and engineering employees were improperly employed on a casual basis and should be paid out annual leave entitlements for the period they worked for Stellar under the Black Coal Mining Industry Award upon termination. 

Class Action Coverage and Update:

You may be a group member in the Stellar Class Action if you worked in a mining production and engineering role under a Stellar contract on casual terms of engagement between 25 December 2012 and 24 December 2018.


Following the 2021 High Court of Australia decision in Workpac Pty Ltd v Rossato and changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 since the Stellar Class Action commenced, Adero Law reduced the scope of the claim in the Class Action. Adero Law filed amended pleadings in October 2023, narrowing the claim to cover annual leave entitlements not paid to Production and Engineering Employees under the Black Coal Mining Industry Award.


Group members should have received a notice in relation to their right to opt out of the proceeding and that they may register their interest in making a claim in the proceeding from the Court by letter or by email in December 2023 providing an update on the Stellar Class Action. The deadline to register for and/or opt out of the Class Action closes at 4:00pm on 29 February 2024.


The parties will attend a mediation on Thursday, 28 March 2024 in order to seek to reach a settlement agreement.


The Notice, latest orders made by the Court on the mediation and the amended pleadings are available under Case Materials.

Case Materials

Amended Originating Application (PDF)

Opt Out and Registration Notice (PDF)

Amended Statement of Claim (PDF)

Defence (PDF)


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