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Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2018

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Amends the: Family Law Act 1975 to: provide for courts to be prescribed in regulations as having the same family law parenting jurisdiction as state and territory courts of summary jurisdiction; provide for regulations to prescribe an increased total property value under which relevant courts can hear contested family law property matters without the parties’ consent; provide that a court may give short-form reasons for decisions relating to interim parenting orders; provide family law courts with an explicit power to dismiss unmeritorious applications; provide judges the discretion to dispense with requirements to explain an order or injunction to a child where it would be in the best interests of the child; remove the 21 day time limit on the revival, variation or suspension of family law orders by state and territory courts in family violence order proceedings; provide that a breach of a family law injunction for personal protection is a criminal offence; remove self-induced intoxication as a defence against charges relating to family violence; provide that criminal responsibility does not extend to the person protected by an injunction for personal protection if their conduct results in a breach of the injunction; provide for state and territory courts to revive, vary or suspend an injunction for personal protection when hearing a proceeding for a breach of that injunction; and repeal a redundant provision that permits a court to make an order relieving a party to a marriage from an obligation to perform marital services or render conjugal rights; and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to make a consequential amendment.


Introduced and read a first time 06 Dec 2017
Second reading moved 06 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 13 Aug 2018
Second reading agreed to 13 Aug 2018
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 9 Government agreed to
13 Aug 2018
Third reading agreed to 13 Aug 2018
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15 Aug 2018
Second reading moved 21 Aug 2018
Second reading debate 22 Aug 2018
Second reading agreed to 22 Aug 2018
Third reading agreed to 22 Aug 2018
Finally passed both Houses 22 Aug 2018
  • Act no: 97
  • Year: 2018
31 Aug 2018

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