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A parentage testing procedure must be performed at a laboratory accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA). Download the list of laboratories and nominated reporters currently accredited by NATA.
2018 announcement that the Australian Taxation Office will be authorised to provide superannuation information directly to the courts to speed up the time it takes to resolve family law disputes.
2018 announcement of funding for Commonwealth-funded specialist domestic violence units and health justice partnerships across Australia, and expand them to provide integrated financial advice, counselling and literacy services to women.
2018 announcement of new funding for Legal Aid Commissions in each state and territory to conduct a two year trial of lawyer-assisted mediation to help families divide their property after separation.
2018 announcement of new funding to conduct a two year trial of a simpler and faster process for dividing property between separated couples.
2018 announcement of a Bill to protect victims of family violence by banning direct cross-examination in certain circumstances, and require that cross-examination instead be conducted by a legal representative.
2018 announcement of funding for Family Relationship Centres across Australia to provide mediation services to families to help them reach agreements about splitting their property after separation.
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, this paper was published. The aim was to find ways 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.