On 12 April 2013, the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia changed its name to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The change comes about as a result of legislation passed last year which aims to better reflect the court's role as a federal court, and to emphasise the Court's extensive circuit work. In addition to the Court's new name, Federal Magistrates also became known as Judges from 12 April.

The name change came into force just prior to the new Raising the Bar legislation coming into effect on 15 April 2013. From 15 April, the Federal Circuit Court has increased intellectual property jurisdiction, namely in trade mark and design matters.

The new website for the Federal Circuit Court is www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au.