Legislative and Policy Developments

Parliamentary Inquiry- Domestic violence and gender inequality
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On 25 November 2015, the following matter was referred by the Commonwealth Parliament to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 24 August 2016: Domestic violence and gender inequality, with particular reference to: the role of gender inequality in all spheres of life in contributing to the prevalence of […]

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Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth)
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First reading and second reading of the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth) was moved on 25 November 2015. This bill amends the Family Law Act 1975 – to enable courts to better protect Australians affected by family violence. The Bill also improves the operation of financial agreements to assist separating couples […]

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NSW Government announces $60million to address domestic violence
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The Baird Coalition Government has announced $60million worth of measures to address domestic violence to build on the NSW Justice Strategy and the It Stops Here: Safer Pathway Reforms and the recent $100million investment from the Turnbull Government which focussed on technical safety and relationship education. The key investments include: TARGETING PERPETRATORS $15 million to […]

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Improving access to the courts for domestic violence victims
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In October 2015, the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Diana Bryant, called for an urgent injection of $17 million to help the courts to better deal with family violence cases. She argued that the federal courts are being overlooked in the national focus on domestic violence. After that interview, ABC’s RN Breakfast was contacted […]

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Family Law Amendment (Publication of Court Proceedings) Regulation 2015
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Family Law Amendment (Publication of Court Proceedings) Regulation 2015 (Cth) SLI 2015 No. 137 This regulation amends the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth) to give effect to the new paragraph 121(9)(aa) of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), requiring state and territory authorities with responsibilities for child welfare to be prescribed.

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Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence: Prime Minister – 24 September 2015
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‘Women and children in Australia have the right to feel safe and live without fear of violence. Yet, one in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner, and 63 women have been killed so far this year. For Indigenous women the situation is even worse – they are 34 times […]

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Guiding and Controlling Hearings for Unrepresented Litigants
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The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court are inquiring into establishing procedures and aids to assist unrepresented litigants. This project arises from the concern that there are an increasing percentage of cases being conducted in each court by parties who cannot afford or chose not to engage lawyers to conduct the litigation […]

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