Family Law Amendment Bill 2003

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
40
Summary
Amends the
Family Law Act 1975
  in relation to: Family Court powers to bind third parties in order to give effect to property settlements; removal of the requirement to register parenting plans; use of audio and video links; changes to the structure and operation of the Family Court of Australia; operation of the parenting regime; operation of financial agreements; admissibility of certain disclosures and admissions; costs of child representatives; publication of court proceedings; and miscellaneous and technical amendments. Also contains application provisions and a regulation-making power. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
12 Feb 2003Introduced and read a first time
12 Feb 2003Second reading moved
13 Aug 2003Second reading agreed to
13 Aug 2003Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 6 government amendments agreed to
13 Aug 2003Third reading agreed to
Senate
20 Aug 2003Introduced and read a first time
20 Aug 2003Second reading moved
02 Dec 2003Second reading amendment agreed to

Details: 1 Australian Democrats agreed to
02 Dec 2003Second reading agreed to
05 Dec 2003Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 16 Government amendments agreed to
05 Dec 2003Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
05 Dec 2003Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments


17 Dec 2003Assent

Act no.: 138

Year: 2003

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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