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International parental child abduction to and from Australia

International parental child abduction to and from Australia

31 October 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-536-7

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 24KB)
 
ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 6KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 33KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction (PDF 27KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Scope of the inquiry
Context of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Acknowledgement
Note on references

 
CHAPTER 2 - Regulatory and operational frameworks (PDF 54KB)

Hague Convention abductions
Non-Convention abductions
Interactions between international parental child abduction and domestic family laws

 
CHAPTER 3 - Criminal law responses to international parental child abduction (PDF 40KB)

Recognition under current criminal laws
Possible stand-alone criminal offence
Alternative reforms to a stand-alone criminal offence

 
CHAPTER 4 - Role of key government agencies (PDF 78KB)

AFP's role
Consular assistance by DFAT
Australian Passport Office's role
Commonwealth Central Authority's communication and information-dissemination practices
Financial and legal assistance schemes administered by the Attorney-General's Department
Information-gathering by the Commonwealth Central Authority
Commonwealth Central Authority's capture of data
Child support arrangements in the event of international parental child abduction

 
CHAPTER 5 - Complementary support services, dispute resolution and international engagement (PDF 50KB)

Role of non-government support services
Coordinated agency arrangements for the return of abducted children
Role of alternative dispute resolution
Australia's role in international engagement

 
CHAPTER 6 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 61KB)

Proposed legislative amendments
No necessity for a stand-alone criminal offence at the current time
Increasing awareness and prevention of international parental child abduction
Law enforcement and response powers
Alternative dispute resolution
Communication and information-dissemination practices
Complementary support services
Australia's role in international engagement
Data capture
Appointment of Independent Children's Lawyers

 
APPENDIX 1 (PDF 13KB)
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RECEIVED
 
APPENDIX 2 (PDF 6KB)

WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

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