Family Court


2 Oct 2019

Over the past ten years, the Australian Institute of Family Studies has conducted several large-scale studies involving nationally representative samples of separated parents. This paper highlights the findings relating to parenting arrangements after separation.

Audio interview

25 Sep 2019

Pauline Hanson claims that the Family Court is biased against men. In this interview, investigative journalist and author Jess Hill discusses the objective research into the treatment of mothers and fathers in the Family Court.


16 Jun 2019

The National Party’s 2014 reforms made significant changes to the family justice system, including introducing Family Dispute Resolution and removing lawyers from the early stages of some Family Court proceedings. An independent panel examined the 2014 changes and considered how they've impacted separating families and...


16 Jun 2019

The primary objectives of this research were to explore and understand the experiences of the post2014 services for resolving disputes about care including experiences of both out of court and incourt processes.

Audio interview

11 Apr 2019

Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended scrapping the national Family Court and handing control of family law back to the states and territories. Its report is the first into the crisis-ridden family law system since the Family Court was established in the 1970s.


10 Apr 2019

This report makes 60 recommendations for reform, including that the resolution of family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and that the federal family courts eventually be abolished.


14 Feb 2019

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...


24 Jan 2019

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,...

Discussion paper

2 Oct 2018

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.


Presentation to the Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference
27 Jul 2018

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


Incidence and context of direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants
28 Jun 2018

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


15 Jun 2018

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...


25 Jan 2018

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...


Recommendations for an accessible, equitable and responsive family law system which better prioritises safety of those affected by family violence
7 Dec 2017

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.


29 Jul 2016

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...


14 Oct 2015

AIFS has been commissioned to evaluate recent reforms that aimed to improve the family law system's response to disclosures of family violence, child abuse, and safety concerns. This report presents findings from one component of the evaluation - the Court Outcomes Project.

Literature review

Research into the Family Support Program: family law services
29 Apr 2013

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.


26 Oct 2007

Magellan is a case-management pathway in the Family Court of Australia for cases where serious allegations are raised about sexual or physical abuse of children in post-separation parenting matters. This report evaluates the Magellan case-management model.


23 Sep 2007

This report to the Family Court of Australia describes a follow-up study of the Child Responsive Program (CRP), piloted in the Registries of Melbourne and Dandenong in 2006.



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