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Family Law Amendment (A Step Towards a Safer Family Law System) Bill 2020

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Implements certain recommendations of the 2009 Family Law Council's report Improving responses to family violence in the family law system: An advice on the intersection of family violence and family law issues, the 2017 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' report A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence, and the 2019 Australian Law Reform Commission's report Family Law for the Future - An Inquiry into the Family Law System by amending the Family Law Act 1975 to remove provisions relating to the: presumption of equal shared parental responsibility when making parenting orders; and requirement that the courts consider, in certain circumstances, the child spending equal time, or substantial and significant time with each parent.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15 Jun 2020
Second reading moved 15 Jun 2020
Referred to Federation Chamber 26 Aug 2020
Second reading debate 26 Oct 2020
Returned to House for further debate 11 Nov 2020
Second reading debate 30 Nov 2020
Referred to Federation Chamber 17 Feb 2021
Second reading debate 22 Feb 2021
Returned to House for further debate 17 Mar 2021
Second reading debate 22 Mar 2021
Referred to Federation Chamber 12 May 2021
Second reading debate 24 May 2021
Second reading debate 23 Jun 2021
Second reading debate 29 Nov 2021
Lapsed at dissolution 11 Apr 2022

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • 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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