Please note that the public consultation has closed and the Department is no longer accepting submissions.
The Australian Government has approved the release of an exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 in order to facilitate further public consultation on proposed family law reforms.
The Bill focuses on prioritising the safety of children whose rights and interests are considered under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). This Bill would amend the Family Law Act to strengthen the role of family courts, advisers and parents in preventing harm to children while continuing to support the concept of shared parental responsibility and shared care where these are safe.
Public comment is welcome on the proposed amendments to the Family Law Act. If you would like to make a submission on the Family Violence Bill please send written comments to:
Public Consultation: Family Violence Bill
Family Law Branch
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
Facsimile: (02) 6141 3248
Please note that submissions closed on 14 January 2011. Unless submissions are marked confidential they may be published. Submissions may be the subject to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.