15 April 2019

Family law for the future: An inquiry into the family law system: Final report

This is the report of the Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) Inquiry into family law. The ALRC made 60 recommendations for reform including that the resolution of family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and the federal family courts eventually be abolished. Under the current system, children fall through the gaps between the family law courts, the child protection systems and the state and territory responses to family violence. The ALRC maintains that this can only be remedied by having a single court focused on the best interests of the child that is able to resolve all family law, child protection and family violence issues together.