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Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

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Amends the

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
Family Law Act 1975
Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
to: designate the Federal Court of Australia (including the National Native Title Tribunal), the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as a single administrative entity under the
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
and a single statutory agency under the
Public Service Act 1999
; establish shared corporate services functions for the courts; maintain the responsibility of the heads of jurisdictions in relation to the business and administrative affairs of their respective courts; provide for a chief executive officer (CEO) for each head of jurisdiction to assist with the management of administrative affairs and provide that the CEOs also hold the position of Principal Registrar; provide for the Federal Court CEO to have responsibility for managing the shared corporate services, with a requirement for consultation; and provide that the Federal Court CEO is the accountable authority for the administrative entity and the agency head for the statutory agency. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts.

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