Media Release

Attorney-General for Australia
Minister for the Arts
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC


I am releasing the Family Law Council’s interim report into Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems.

In October last year, I issued terms of reference to the Council in response to increasing concerns about the parallel operation of the federal family law and state and territory child protection and family violence systems, and how that parallel operation may inadvertently contribute to greater risks for those affected by family violence and other complex needs .

The Council has provided a detailed and thoughtful report to Government on the first two terms of the reference. The report addresses the prospect of having a more streamlined, coherent and integrated approach to improve the overall safety of families and in particular children, when involved in the family law, child protection and family violence jurisdictions.

I look forward to receiving the Council’s full report in June 2016. It will advise me on issues concerning enhanced collaboration and information sharing between the family courts and family relationship services as well as other relevant support services such as child protection, mental health, family violence, drug and alcohol, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and migrant settlement services.

The interim report is available at: