Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021 [Provisions]

July 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-264-0

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Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Note on references
  Structure of this report
  Purpose of the bill
  Key provisions of the bill
  Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  Consideration by other parliamentary committees

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Interim protection orders
  Complexities and inconsistencies
  Misidentification of perpetrators and systems abuse
  Workload, resourcing and training
  Independent Children's Lawyers
  Accessibility of federal family violence orders
  Consultation on the bill
  Committee comment

Additional comments from the Australian Labor Party

  The government failed to properly consult in developing this bill
  The failure to consult was not benign – it has infected the design and effectiveness of this legislation
  More funding is needed to make this legislation workable
  The Government needs to deliver on its broken promise to develop a national safety information sharing portal

Additional comments from the Australian Greens

  Systems abuse

Appendix 1—Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions on notice

Appendix 2—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560

About this inquiry

The bill would amend the Family Law Act 1975 to establish new federal family violence orders which, if breached, could be criminally enforced. The bill would allow a listed court to make a federal family violence order where the court is satisfied that a person has been or there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is likely that they will be subjected to family violence or, in the case of children, the child has been or there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is likely that they will be subjected or exposed to family violence.

Past Public Hearings

14 Jul 2021: Canberra