Key internet links on Family Law

This guide contains links to key Internet resources and documents in the area of federal family law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law.

Court and Tribunal decisions, law reports etc

Family Court of Australia
This site also contains an extensive set of papers and reports on family law and family court administration.

Family Court of Western Australia

Federal Magistrates Court. Family Law and Child Support
Information about the FMC with links to decisions of the Court

Family Law Courts
Combined website provided by the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court

 

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Australian sites

via AUSTLII

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Overseas sites

via AUSTLII

via HG.org Guide to US family law

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Key Publications

For further items, search the Parlinfo database and select Library for journal articles, books and library publications, and Media for newspaper articles and media releases. Although full-text searchable, for copyright reasons some material on Parlinfo may be available only to those using the Parliament House computer network.

Family Relationships Online 

Family Law (Legal Aid NSW)

Halsbury's Laws of Australia. Title 205. Family Law
Commercial publication. Not available outside Parliament

The Laws of Australia (Thomson). Title 17. Family Law
Commercial publication. Not available outside Parliament

Family Court of Australia Publications

The Law Handbook: Family Relationships (Legal Services Commission of South Australia)

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Selected Government and Parliamentary Reports

2012

Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 [Jones Bill]: Bill homepage

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 [Bandt/Wilkie Bill]: Bill homepage

Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs)

Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 [Crossin/Brown/Pratt/Marshall Bill]: Bill homepage

Family violence and Commonwealth laws: improving legal frameworks: final report (Australian Law Reform Commission)

2011

Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011: Bill homepage

Advisory report of the inquiry into Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011(House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs)

Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 

2010

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 [Hanson-Young Bill]: Bill homepage

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee)

Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms (Australian Institute of Family Studies)

Family Courts Violence Review (Professor Richard Chisholm AO)

Improving responses to family violence in the family law system (Family Law Council)

Exposure Draft: Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 - Consultation Paper 

2009

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009 [Hanson-Young Bill]: Bill homepage

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee) 

2008

Families and the law in Australia - The Family Court working together with new and emerging communities (Family Court of Australia)

Future governance options for Federal Family Law Courts in Australia: striking the right balance (D. Semple and Attorney-General's Department)

Inquiry into the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Bill 2008 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee)

Inquiry into the Same-Sex Relationship (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws-Superannuation) Bill 2008 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee)

Inquiry into the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee)

2007

Finding a better way: a bold departure from the traditional common law approach to the conduct of legal proceedings (Family Court of Australia): describes the less adversarial approach being adopted by the Family Court.

Same sex: same entitlements - final report of the National Inquiry into Discrimination against People in Same-Sex Relationships: Financial and Work-Related Entitlements and Benefits (Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission)

Collaborative practice in family law (Family Law Council) 

2006

Impact of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cth) (NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice)

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Human Services’ report Overseas Adoption in Australia

Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Royal Assent: 22 May 2006)

Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2006 [Bill homepage provides links to text of bill, EM, supplementary EM, bills digest]

Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005 [Provisions] (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee)

Announcement of reform of the Child Support Scheme, including new child support formula, to be introduced in three stages from July 2006:

Reforms to the Child Support Scheme; Media release (Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 28 February 2006)

Family law violence strategy (Attorney-General’s Department)

Relocation report (Family Law Council)

2005

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs report on the exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005

Overseas adoption in Australia (House of Representatives Family and Human Services Committee)

Report on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005 (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs): endorses significant changes to the Family Law system to ensure that there is an opportunity for both parents to continue their involvement as parents following separation.

A new family law system: Government Response to Every picture tells a story : accompanied by exposure draft Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Bill 2005

In the best interests of children - reforming the Child Support Scheme (Report of the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support) 

2004

Pathways for children: a review of children’s representation in family law (Family Law Council)

Reforms to the family law system (Prime Minister, media release) Proposes the establishment of Family Relationship Centres, rather than a Families Tribunal, as previously proposed by the Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs.

Client Service in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court (Australian National Audit Office, Audit Report No. 46 2003-04): report includes a finding that the Family Court failed to reach any of six major benchmarks for timely resolution or determination of cases.

2003

Every picture tells a story: inquiry into child custody arrangements in the event of family separation (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs)

Major recommendations are a new entry point for separating parents, establishment of a Families Tribunal, and a reduced role for the courts.

Announcement of an inquiry into child custody arrangements (Prime Minister, House of Representatives, 24 June 2003)

Government response to the Out of the maze report (Family Law Pathways Advisory Group)

2002

Family law and child protection: final report (Family Law Council)

2001

Out of the maze report: pathways to the future for families experiencing separation (Family Law Pathways Advisory Group)

2000

The Family Law Reform Act 1995: the first three years (H. Rhoades, R. Graycar, M. Harrison)

Future directions report (Family Court of Australia. Future Directions Committee)

 

 

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