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Advocate for the adoption of family law reforms to reduce fragmented jurisdictions across Australia

Recommendation:
129
Status:
Implemented

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety liaise with the Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department on a continuing basis to advocate for the adoption of family law reforms that reduce fragmentation of jurisdictions in cases involving family violence.

  • As part of our approach, the Department of Justice and Community Safety is working to support Victorian Magistrates to exercise existing and expanded powers in the family law jurisdiction by:

    • considering the recommendations of the Commonwealth Government’s Family Law Council’s final report into 'Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems'
    • convening a working group with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department to develop a proposed approach
  • In February 2017, the Victorian Government made a submission to the Commonwealth Government on proposed legislative family law reforms to reduce fragmentation of jurisdiction in cases that involve family violence.

    A national Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (now Council of Attorneys-General) working group was established through COAG to consider the impacts, including resourcing, of the proposed legislation released by the Commonwealth government through a draft exposure Bill. Victoria co-chaired the working group with the Commonwealth. The first meeting of the working group was held on 1 June 2017. The group reported to the Council of Attorneys-General on 23 November 2018.

    The Department of Justice and Community Safety has convened a working group with the Department of Health and Human Services, Family Safety Victoria the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department to develop a proposed approach to reducing fragmentation between the family violence and family law systems. The group met for the first time in December 2018 and the recommendation has therefore been acquitted.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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