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Consultations and reviews

Review of direct cross-examination ban - Family Law Act 1975

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In late 2018, the Australian Government passed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) to protect victims of family violence by banning direct cross-examination in certain circumstances in family law matters involving family violence. These include situations where there are convictions, charges or final family violence orders in place between the parties.

Establishment of an accreditation system for Children’s Contact Services

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A consultation paper is being released on establishing an accreditation scheme for Children’s Contact Services (CCS). AGD invites submissions on this project to assist in determining issues to be addressed.

Consultation on the future of OPD for marriage celebrants

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Consultation on the future of ongoing professional development (OPD) for marriage celebrants, discussion paper and OPD survey. The discussion paper provides options for possible future OPD requirements for marriage celebrants. The survey seeks to capture celebrant views on the options.

Marriage Celebrants Program Review

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In 2019, the Department conducted a consultation and survey on options to streamline the Marriage Celebrants Program, and ongoing professional development.

Exposure draft for Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017

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On 17 July 2017, the proposed legislation to prevent direct cross-examination where there is family violence, was released for public consultation.

Proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to respond to family violence

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In 2016, the Australian Government invited public comment on an exposure draft of proposed legislative amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 that would improve the family law system’s response to family violence.

Ongoing professional development and Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

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In November 2016, the department sought views on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements and the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.

Review of Information sharing in family law and child protection

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In April 2012, Professor Richard Chisholm AM was engaged by the department 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. Outcomes were published in 2013 and 2014.