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 Family law and child protection collaboration

In certain situations children can be involved in the state and territory child protection systems and the federal family law system.

The Attorney-General's Department is involved in a number of projects to improve collaboration between these two systems to streamline processes and practices.

Information sharing in family law and child protection

Professor Richard Chisholm AM was engaged by the department in April 2012 to assist with the development of a best practice framework to improve the exchange of information by the federal family courts and the state and territory child protection systems.

In May 2013, Professor Chisholm reviewed the sharing of experts' reports between the child protection system and the family law system. A taskforce comprising representatives from key stakeholder groups assisted with the preparation of this report, which was published in March 2014.

In March 2013, the department published the report Information-Sharing in Family Law and Child Protection: Enhancing Collaboration. The project aimed to ensure that information relevant to decisions about children is appropriately shared between the family law system, the state and territory child protection system, and the legal aid commissions and independent children's lawyers.

The report includes a model information sharing agreement to guide the development of agreements between the family law courts, child welfare authorities and relevant stakeholders.​