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Family Law

The Family Law system is in urgent need of reform to keep women and children safe.

Our priorities for family law reform include:

  • Ensuring early identification and early judicial decision-making on family violence in the family law system
  • Removal of the Legislative Presumption of Equal Shared Parental Responsibility
  • Improving access to justice through the use of interpreters
  • Expansion of Legally Assisted Dispute Resolution
  • Implementation of our Small Claims, Large Battles report recommendations
  • Stopping systems abuse - preventing perpetrators of family violence from using the legal system to commit further abuse

 

Our Family Law submissions

July 2020 - Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

January 2020 - Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System

May 2018 - Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Review of the Family Law System, response to Issues Paper

April 2017 - Parliamentary Inquiry into a Better Family Law System to Support and Protect those affected by Family Violence (WLSA subsmission)


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Education and Engagement Coordinator

26 November 2020


Assist in developing training, legal education and development programs to build the capacity of professionals and communities to respond appropriately to women experiencing relationship breakdown or violence.

Click here to apply


Women's welcomes extension to child protection timeframes during COVID

22 October 2020


New Victorian legislation will give vulnerable women extra time to address child protection concerns during COVID-19 but more permanent reform is needed. Read our media release here


Budget fails to deliver for family violence victim-survivors

7 October 2020


Women's Legal Services Australia says the Federal Budget's failure to provide $25 million in emergency funding will impact women needing legal help. Read our media release here.