2017 Budget and the Family Law System

On 9 May 2017, the Federal Government announced the 2017 budget. The Government announced $80 million in funding to family law and family violence services. The budget included provision for: $12.7 million to establish Parent Management Hearings; $10.7 million for additional family consultants; $3.4...

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Royal Commission into Family Violence Report

On 29 March 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence (“the Commission”) delivered its report to Government. The Commission consulted with victims and perpetrators of family violence along with police officers, specialist family violence workers, lawyers, Magistrates, youth workers, doctor...

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Unacceptable Risk to a Child

The issue of unacceptable risk to a child spending time with a parent was dealt with extensively in the case of Theophane & Hunt [2014] FamCA 1038. This case therefore provides a useful guide to the approach likely to be taken by the courts when such issues arise. The parties met in December 200...

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Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality

The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee (“SFPARC”) is investigating and preparing a report in regard to gender inequality and its contribution to the prevalence of family violence. The SFPARC is currently requesting input from relevant bodies for their investigation and...

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Family Violence and the Family Pet

Family violence is arguably one of the most pervasive forms of violence faced by our community.  The issue has recently gained popular attention as a result of campaigners such as Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, who along with others, have campaigned for reforms to the community’s response t...

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