Terms of Reference

The Committee will inquire into and report on how to provide better access for victim-survivors in the family law system to Family Violence Orders (FVO) and the effective enforcement of those orders. The inquiry will have regard to:

  1. The risk of an escalation in the aggressive and violent behaviour of the perpetrator and heightened risk to the partner and children during family court proceedings.

  2. The current barriers for litigants in the family law system to obtain and enforce FVOs, including but not limited to:
    1. the additional difficulty for victims of violence in the family law system to attend multiple courts for their family law order proceedings and an FVO
    2. the intersection between FVOs and parenting orders, including that a family court parenting order may override an FVO
    3. the availability of wrap-around support services and security for victims of violence.

  3. How FVOs could be more accessible for victims of violence going through the family law system, including but not limited to:
    1. making it easier to apply for and enforce an FVO
    2. co-location arrangements that would allow an application or enforcement of an FVO to be heard in the same physical location as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
    3. the legal and non-legal support services required to promote early identification of and response to family violence.

  4. Any other reform that would make it safer and fairer for victims of violence in the family law system who need the protection of FVOs.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2358