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Consultations and reviews

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.

Review of marriage forms – Notice of intended marriage

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In 2018, the Attorney-General’s Department reviewed the approved forms made under the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 2017, following the commencement of marriage equality in December 2017.

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.

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010 - Exposure Draft

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In 2010, the Australian Government released 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.  Submissions closed on 14 January 2011.