Family Court


Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018: report

It has been estimated that approximately 70 per cent of family law disputes are resolved without involving the federal court system. Therefore, the family law jurisdiction is far larger than the disputes that go to court. Part of the much broader family law community includes...

Report on government services 2018: Justice - Chapter 7 Courts

Key facts: In 2016–17, in the criminal jurisdiction of the supreme, district/county, magistrates’ and children’s courts, approximately 825,202 cases were lodged, and 864,923 cases were finalised. In the civil jurisdiction of these same courts approximately 436,333 cases were lodged and 440,523 cases finalised. In the...

Report on government services 2019: Justice - Chapter 7 Courts

The focus of this chapter is the court administration functions of Australian and State and Territory courts. Data are reported for the Federal Court, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court, the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the supreme courts, district/county courts...
Literature review

Family Support Program literature review

The objectives of this literature review (this Review) are to identify existing information regarding Family Support Program (FSP) family law services and related programs; and to identify material in respect of best practices in service delivery and performance measurement in these areas.
Discussion paper

Review of the family law system: discussion paper

This discussion paper asks 33 questions and makes 124 proposals for change to the family law system, which focus on support for children, improving public understanding of the processes, accessible and coordinated service delivery, and enhanced oversight of the family law system and its workforce.

Review of the family law system: issues and opportunities

On 27 July 2018, Professor Rhoades presented at the annual Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference.

Children and young people in separated families: Family law system experiences and needs

This report sets out findings from the Children and Young People in Separated Families: Family Law System Experiences and Needs project, a qualitative study commissioned and funded by the federal Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). This study aimed to investigate the experiences and needs of young people...

Direct cross‑examination in family law matters

This report explores quantitative and qualitative data relevant to direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants in family law matters.

A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence

This report provides a vision for a new family law system that is accessible, equitableand responsive and prioritises the safety of those affected by family violence.

Separated parents and the family law system: what does the evidence say?

Talk of reforming the Family Court and family law system is back in the headlines, but agitation about the family law system has a long history. Since the introduction of the Family Law Act and the establishment of the Family Court of Australia in 1976...