Appendix A: Summary resources
Appendix B: Staffing profile
Appendix C: Freedom of information
Appendix D: Advertising and market research
Appendix E: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
Appendix F: Fraud control certification
Appendix G: Committees
Appendix H: External involvement
Appendix I: Judge Activities
Appendix J: Court Locations
Appendix K: Contact Details

Appendix A: Summary resources

Resource statement

The Court’s Agency resourcing statement is shown below.

Table A.1: Agency Resource Statement, 2012–13

  Actual Available appropriation
2012–13
$’000
Payments Made
2012–13
$’000
Balance remaining
2012–13
$’000
Ordinary Annual Services1
Departmental appropriation2 64,4384 54,169 10,2695
Total 64,438 54,169 10,269
Administered expenses      
Outcome 1 878 1976
Total 878 197
Total ordinary annual services 65,316 54,366 10,269
Special Accounts3      
Opening balance
Appropriation receipts
Total special accounts
Total net resourcing for agency 65,316 54,366 10,269

1 Appropriation Bill (No.1) 2012–13 and Appropriation Bill (No.3) 2012–13. This also includes prior year departmental appropriation and s31 relevant agency receipts.

2 Includes an amount of $0.349m in 2012–13 for the Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

3 Does not include ‘Special Public Money’ held in accounts like Other Trust Monies Account (OTM).

4 Includes $55.116m in Appropriations (Appropriation Bill No.1 and 3), $8.651m in Appropriations from prior years, and $0.671m in s31 Receipts per note 23A of the Financial Statements.

5 Per Note 23C of the Financial Statements.

6 Per Note 23E of the Financial Statements.

Expenses and Resources for Outcome 1

The table below shows the total resourcing for the Court’s Outcome on an expense basis.

Table A.2: Resources for outcomes, 2012–13

Outcome 1: To provide the Australian community with a simple and accessible forum for the resolution of less complex disputes within the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Budget1
2012–13
$’000
Actual expenses
2012–13
$’000
Variation
2012–13
$’000
Program 1.1: Provision of a Federal Circuit Court      
Administered expenses      
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No.1)2 878 198 680
Departmental expenses      
Departmental appropriation3 54,565 55,569 (1,004)
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year4 48,074 48,528 (454)
Total expenses for Outcome 1 103,517 104,295 (778)
       
  2011–12 2012–13  
Average staffing level (number) 218 219  

1 Full Year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2012–13 budget.

2 Per Note 15A of the Financial Statements.

3 Departmental Appropriation combines ‘Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No.1 and No.3)’ and ‘Revenue from independent sources (s31)’.

4 Includes depreciation and amortisation, liabilities assumed by related entities for the Notional Judges Pension Scheme (Invalidity), resources received free of charge.

Appendix B: Staffing profile 

At 30 June 2013, the Court had a total workforce of 166 employees covered by the Enterprise Agreement and AWAs (excluding judicial officers and casual employees).

Of the Court’s 166 employees:

  • 146 (88.0 per cent) were female and 20 (12.0 per cent) were male compared with 87.3 per cent and 12.7 per cent, respectively at 30 June 2013, and
  • 128 (77.1 per cent) were ongoing employees and 38 (22.9 per cent) were non-ongoing employees compared with 74.5 per cent and 25.5 per cent, respectively at 30 June 2013.

The following tables show staff statistics by location, gender, full-time and part-time status and ongoing and non-ongoing.

Table B.1: Staff by location

Level ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
APS 2     1           1
APS 3   1         5   6
APS 4 2 25 1 15 8 2 18 1 72
APS 5 2 28 1 11 6 2 18 1 69
APS 6   2   1     1   4
EL 1   5 1 1 1 1 2   11
EL 2   1         1   2
SES 1             1   1
Total 4 62 4 28 15 5 46 2 166

Table B.2: Staff by gender

Level Gender ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
APS 2 Female     1           1
APS 3 Female   1         5   6
APS 4 Female 2 22 1 12 7 2 17   63
Male   3   3 1   1 1 9
APS 5 Female 2 24 1 11 6 2 17 1 64
Male   4         1   5
APS 6 Female   1   1     1   3
Male   1             1
EL 1 Female   4   1   1 2   8
Male   1 1   1       3
EL 2 Female             1   1
Male   1             1
SES 1 Male             1   1
Total   4 62 4 28 15 5 46 2 166

Table B.3: Staff by attendance status

Level Attendance ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
APS 2 Full-time     1           1
APS 3 Full-time   1         2   3
Part-time             3   3
APS 4 Full-time 2 24 1 15 8 2 17 1 70
Part-time   1         1   2
APS 5 Full-time 2 24 1 11 6 2 17 1 64
Part-time   4         1   5
APS 6 Full-time   2   1     1   4
EL 1 Full-time   3 1   1 1 2   8
Part-time   2   1         3
EL 2 Full-time   1         1   2
SES 1 Full-time             1   1
Total   4 62 4 28 15 5 46 2 166

Table B.4: Staff by location and ongoing and non-ongoing employment status

  Ongoing Non-ongoing Total
Location Female Male Female Male  
Adelaide 11 2 2   15
Albury 1       1
Brisbane 18 2 2 1 23
Cairns 3       3
Canberra 2   2   4
Dandenong 1   1   2
Darwin 3 1     4
Dubbo   1     1
Hobart 1   1   2
Launceston 3       3
Melbourne 27 2 14 1 44
Newcastle 6       6
Parramatta 9 1 2   12
Perth 1     1 2
Sydney 24 5 8 3 40
Townsville 2       2
Wollongong 2       2
Total 114 14 32 6 166

Judicial Officers

At 30 June 2013, there were 23 female and 41 male judges.

Table B.5: Number of judges, at 30 June 2013

Location Judges
Australian Capital Territory 2
New South Wales 1 Chief Judge
22 judges
Northern Territory 1
Queensland 13
South Australia 6
Tasmania 2
Victoria 16
Western Australia 1
Total 64

Workforce turnover

Table B.6: Workforce turnover

Employment type Reason Total
Non-ongoing employees
7.0%
Dismissed
Retirement age 60–65
Retirement age over 65
Inter department transfer
Resignation 16
Total non-ongoing employees   16
Ongoing Employees
3.48%
Retirement age 60–65 1
Retirement age over 65
Inter department transfer 2
Resignation 4
Redundancy 1
Total ongoing employees   8
Public office holders
0.87%
Deceased
Resigned 1
Retirement 1
Total public office holders   2
Total   26

Total staff numbers for the above table include all employees and public office holders as at 30 June 2013 (a headcount of 230).

Note: The above figures do not include non-ongoing employees whose actual period of engagement reached their non-ongoing contract date of expiry.

Agreement making

Enterprise Agreement

Table B.7: Federal Circuit Court employees covered by the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014

Level Female Male Total
APS 2 1    
APS 3 6 6
APS 4 63 9 72
APS 5 64 5 69
APS 6 2 1 3
EL 1 8 3 11
EL 2   1 1
Total 144 19 164

Other agreements

Table B.8: AWA maximum salary ranges by classification

Classification Salary Range ($)
APS 4
APS 5
APS 6 79,800
EL 1
EL 2 153,081–166,907
SES 1 193,293

Table B.9: Employees covered by other agreements*

  Australian Workplace Agreements Determination 24 arrangements
Level Female Male Total Female Male Total
APS 3            
APS 4            
APS 5       1   1
APS 6 1   1 1   1
EL 1       1 1 2
EL 2 1   1 1 1 2
SES 1   1 1   1 1
Total 2 1 3 4 3 7

* At 30 June 2013 there were three AWAs in place and each of these were supplemented by Agency head determinations made under section 24 of the Public Service Act 1999. A further two section 24 determinations supplemented the terms and conditions of staff covered by the Enterprise Agreement.

Table B.10: Classification structure and pay rates of staff covered by the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014

APS Classification and no. of staff* Salary rates at 1 July 2012 Salary rates at 1 July 2013
APS 2 $46,841 $48,247
$49,395 $50,877
$51,945 $53,504
APS 3 $54,740 $56,383
$56,129 $57,813
$57,583 $59,310
APS 4 $61,356 $63,197
$62,950 $64,839
$64,562 $66,499
APS 5 $66,325 $68,315
$68,404 $70,457
$70,330 $72,440
APS 6 $72,036 $74,198
$75,867 $78,144
$82,285 $84,754
EL 1 $91,831 $94,586
$95,497 $98,362
$99,161 $102,136
EL 2 $108,424 $111,677
$111,736 $115,089
$120,081 $123,684
$121,079 $125,639
$124,095 $127,818
$127,264 $131,082

* Staff covered by the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014 which came into effect 1 July 2011.

Appendix C: Freedom of information 

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 does not apply to any request for access to documents of the Court unless the document relates to matters of an administrative nature.

There was one Freedom of Information application request made to the Court for the period 1 July to 30 June.

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme. This requirement, in Part II of the Freedom of Information Act, has replaced the former requirement to publish a Section 8 Statement in an annual report. An agency plan showing what information is published in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme requirements is accessible from agency websites.

The Freedom of Information and the Information Publication Scheme agency plan for the Federal Circuit Court can be found on the Federal Circuit Court website at www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

Access to information outside the Freedom of Information Act

Rule 2.08 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 provides that a search of the Court’s records may be undertaken by: the Attorney-General (in family law proceedings), a party, a lawyer for a party, a child representative (in family law proceedings) or a person granted leave by the Court or a registrar. Leave may be granted if a proper interest is shown and may be subject to conditions. In relation to access to documents in general federal law proceedings, the Court applies the same rule as that prescribed by the Federal Court. This Rule identifies certain categories of court documents as being available for inspection without leave.

There are other legislative provisions which limit publication in various proceedings. For example; s121 Family Law Act 1975, s110X Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 and s91 Migration Act 1958. In addition section 61 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 gives the Court general power to prohibit publication of evidence. The Government has indicated that they will be introducing model provisions to provide for consistency in the processes and grounds for seeking suppression and non-publication orders across Australian courts.

Enquiries concerning access to documents or freedom of information matters generally should be directed to:

Chief Executive Officer
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
GPO Box 9991
Canberra ACT 2601

Categories of documents

The registries of the Family Court and Federal Court maintain the following categories of documents on behalf of the Court:

  • documents relating to matters heard by the Court including applications, affidavits, transcripts, orders and copies of judgments
  • registers and indexes of matters coming to the Court, and
  • general correspondence.

The Federal Circuit Court maintains the following categories of documents:

  • general correspondence
  • documents concerning the development and implementation of policy, guidelines and procedures, and
  • documents concerning the Court’s administrative and financial operations.

Other documents

The Court holds and makes available on request a range of documents including brochures, fact sheets and general information leaflets. These are available on the Court’s website at www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au and on the Family Law Courts website at www.familylawcourts.gov.au

Privacy

The Court holds personal information for two purposes, being to:

  • help resolve and, if necessary, determine matters before the Court (the judicial purpose), and/or
  • assist in administration (the administrative purpose).

Information used for judicial purposes is held in case files and the case management computer system (Casetrack). This information is exempt from the Privacy Act 1988 and Freedom of Information Act 1982. Other statutory provisions and non-publication powers of the Court, designed to protect parties and their children, are applicable to this information.

Information used for administrative purposes is collected as part of the day-to-day running of the Court. This includes information about:

  • employees of the Court
  • suppliers of goods and services to the Court, and
  • security matters.

The collection, storage and disclosure of this information is governed by the provisions of both the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Appendix D: Advertising and market research 

Under section 311A and 321A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the Court is required to disclose particulars of payments of $12,100 or more (inclusive of GST) for advertising, market research, polling organisations, direct mail and media advertising.

The Court spent a total of $5,628 during the 2012–13 financial year in advertising and market research, comprising mainly payments to media advertising organisations for recruitment notices.

During 2012–13, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia did not conduct any advertising campaigns.

Appendix E: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance 

Key Achievements

  • Estimated savings of $145,000 were made in 2012–13 under energy supply contracts negotiated in recent years.
  • Travel reduced by 351,000 kilometres (kms) in 2012–13, with a reduction of 115 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • Proactive energy management reduces use by 773,055 kilowatt hours (kWhrs) over three years.

The following information is provided in accordance with Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Court activities and ecologically sustainable development

As noted in its Environmental Policy, the Court:

“...recognises the importance of implementing sound environmental practices in all court functions...”

This overarching commitment to ecologically sustainable development (ESD) was implemented in a number of ways by the Federal Circuit Court during 2012–13 as detailed below.

Impacts on the environment

The Court impacts on the environment in a number of areas, primarily in the consumption of resources.

Table E.1 lists environmental impact/usage data where available. The data for the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court cannot be accurately separated.

The data provided in Table E.1 is total combined data for both courts unless specified. Any data relating to the Commonwealth Law Courts (CLCs) has been calculated using the occupation apportionment percentage allocated to the Court, as the CLCs are shared by multiple jurisdictions.

Table E.1: Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia environmental impact/usage data, 2010–11 to 2012–13

2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
Energy usage (stationary) 48,538 GJ (Gigajoules)
10,758 tonnes CO2-e
47,408 GJ
10,153 tonnes CO2-e
Data not available until October 2013
Paper usage 22,510 reams office paper 24,165 reams office paper 27,181 reams of paper
Water usage (Commonwealth Law Courts only) 24,519 kL (kilolitres) 21,943kL Not available at time of publication due to a change in building management providers
Transport
Vehicles – energy usage
5,646 GJ (Gigajoules)
374 tonnes CO2-e scope 1
5,839 GJ
389 tonnes CO2-e scope 1
Data not available until October 2013
Transport
Flights (estimated)
Data not available 3,452,811 kms
975 tonnes CO2
3,101,516 kms
860 tonnes CO2

Measures to minimise the Court’s environmental impact

Environmental Management System

The Court’s Environmental Management System (EMS) has a number of key elements in place including:

  • an environmental policy outlining the Court’s broad commitment to environmental management
  • an environmental risk register identifying significant environmental aspects and impacts for the Court and treatment strategies to mitigate them
  • an environmental legal register to identify any relevant environmental legal requirements for the Court (this register also includes other requirements such as applicable Federal Government policy requirements)
  • an EMS manual outlining procedures for each element of the EMS, as well as summary information on each element, and
  • a range of forms to accompany the EMS elements as required.

Other measures

During 2012–13, the Court worked within its EMS to minimise the environmental impact through a number of specific measures, either new or continuing, as follows.

Energy
  • annual stationary energy use has continued to reduce in the past few years. Between 2009–10 and 2011–12, energy use reduced from 50,191 GJ to 47,408 GJ, a reduction of 2783 GJ or 773,055 kWhr (the figures for 2012–13 are not available until October but further decline is expected because of proactive management). Note that the figures used for the CLC data is calculated according to occupation apportionments.
  • electricity contracts continue to be reviewed to ensure value for money. Energy supply contracts negotiated in recent years resulted in estimated savings of $145,000 during 2012–13
  • upgrades to more efficient lighting and/or delamping have occurred at several sites
  • ongoing staff education to reduce energy use where possible, such as shutting down computers and switching off lights and other electrical equipment when not in use, and
  • adjustments were made to the building management systems at the Adelaide registry. This included adjusting the air conditioning system to increase the use of economy cycles and improve the efficiency of the heating cycles. Automated lighting operating hours have also been reduced, resulting in energy and emission reductions.
Information technology
  • a program to shutdown computers automatically after hours has been implemented. Staff members are still encouraged to shut down their computers at the end of the day to maximise energy savings
  • e-waste is recycled or reused where possible, including auctioning redundant but still operational equipment
  • using whole-of-government procurement of IT equipment where available
  • ensuring ICT Sustainability Plan 2010–15 equipment standards are met when procuring new equipment, and
  • ensuring fully recyclable packaging where possible.
Paper
  • a working group was set up in 2012 to investigate the impact of e-filing, including the impact on paper usage. Over many sites, the following were in place or being implemented by 30 June 2013:
    • faxes converted straight to email to reduce printing
    • affidavits over 100 pages are no longer printed
    • one sided paper is reused for notepaper
    • records are stored electronically where possible
    • clients are encouraged to use the online ‘portal’ system, and
    • staff are encouraged to send emails rather than sending letters, where possible.
  • secure paper (confidential etc) continued to be shredded and recycled for all court locations
  • non-secure paper recycling is available at 15 sites, and
  • most printers are set to default to print double sided and monochrome.
Waste/cleaning
  • the number of sites with waste recycling (commingled recycling) for plastics, metal, cardboard etc has increased by one to a total of six
  • printer toner cartridges are now recycled at the majority of sites
  • recycling facilities for staffs’ personal mobiles are permanently available at 11 sites, with all sites involved in a ‘mobile muster’ as part of National Recycling Week in November 2012
  • electronic media (CDs, work mobiles etc) continue to be securely shredded and components recycled where possible
  • all sites recycle secure paper waste, and non secure paper waste is recycled at 15 sites, and
  • light globes are recycled at all sites.
Corporate culture/communication
  • The Court’s Environmental Champions Network continues to offer the opportunity for staff to provide their input to environmental matters for the Court. The volunteer membership has increased from five members in 2010 to 20 members representing 13 sites nationally in 2012–13. Projects to date have included:
    • Earth Hour
    • National Recycling Week
    • mobile recycling campaign as part of National Recycling Week
    • Christmas electronic equipment shutdown drive
    • Tasmanian registry based Environmental Challenge
    • an internal online national ‘community’ for interactive communication between members, and
    • promotion of Ride to Work day.
  • an environmental management intranet page provides information on environmental issues for the Court
  • regular articles about the Court’s environmental status are included in the internal e-newsletter the Courts Exchange
  • a Court specific ‘envirosmart’ logo is used as branding when promoting environmental initiatives, and
  • the Court continues to be represented as a member on the (federal) Government Agency Environmental Network (GAEN); an interagency network facilitating the sharing of best practice environmental information. Its membership includes approximately 30 agencies. In 2012–13 the Court’s Environmental Manager chaired one of the GAEN subgroups (the Environmental Management System subgroup).
Property

Fitouts and refurbishments continue to be conducted in an environmentally responsible manner by:

  • recycling demolished materials where possible
  • maximising reuse of existing furniture and fittings
  • engaging consultants with experience in sustainable development where possible
  • maximising use of environmentally friendly products such as recycled content in furniture and fittings, low volatile organic compounds paint and adhesives, and energy efficient appliances, lighting and air conditioning, and
  • installing water efficient appliances.
Travel

Whilst some travel is unavoidable due to the nature of the Court, staff are encouraged to consider alternatives if possible, including utilising improved videoconferencing facilities. As reported in Table E.1 there was a reduction of approximately 351,000kms and 115 tonnes CO2 made in flights between 2011–12 and 2012–13.

Review and improvement strategies

As noted in the Environmental Policy under the EMS, the Court is committed to ‘continual improvement in environmental performance’.

Reviews of environmental impacts and improvement strategies are periodically conducted via a number of means. In 2012–2013 the Court:

  • reviewed the environmental risk register (significant environmental aspects and impacts)
  • collected and reported relevant energy use and emission data under the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy (2011–12 data; 2012–13 data will be reported in October 2013)
  • collected and reported relevant waste data under the Australian Packaging Covenant, and
  • continued via a working group to monitor and manage the impacts of the new e-filing system, including the impact on paper usage by the courts

Additional ecologically sustainable development implications

In 2012–13, the Court did not administer any legislation with ESD implications nor did it have outcomes specified in an Appropriations Act with ESD implications.

Appendix F: Fraud control certification 

In accordance with guideline 2.8 of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2011, issued by the Minister for Justice and Customs, pursuant to Regulation 19 of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997, I hereby certify that I am satisfied that:

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has prepared fraud assessments and has in place a fraud control plan that complies with the Guidelines.

Appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting procedures and process are in place.

Annual fraud data has been collected and reported that complies with the Guidelines.

Richard Foster, PSM
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
16 August 2013

Appendix G: Committees 

Committees

Table G.1 provides details of the membership and functions of the Federal Circuit Court committees (alphabetical order), at 30 June 2013.

Table G.1: Federal Circuit Court Committees 30 June 2013

Title Members Terms of Reference
Audit and Risk Committee
  • Chris Doogan AM (external member) (chair)
  • Acting Chief Finance Officer (Grahame Harriott)
  • Registry Manager representatives Greg Thomas, Adelaide; Marianne Christmann, Sydney
  • Representatives of the Family Court of Australia, ANAO representatives and the Court’s internal auditors also attend meetings as observers
  • RSM Bird Cameron

Monitor and where necessary, recommend improvements to:

  • risk management identification and amelioration
  • internal control processes (including fraud control)
  • the financial reporting process
  • the functioning of the Internal Audit Unit
  • the external audit process
  • processes for monitoring compliance with legislation, regulations and government policy
  • maintain an effective working relationship with the ANAO
Case Management Judges Committee
  • Judge Baumann (National Coordinator of Case Management)
  • Judge Mead
  • Judge Coker (to Aug 2012)
  • Judge Barnes (to Nov 2012)
  • Judge Roberts (to Nov 2012)
  • Judge Driver (from Nov 2012)
  • Judge Riethmuller
  • Judge Terry
  • Judge Spelleken
  • Judge Dunkley
  • Judge Kemp
  • Acting CEO (Richard Foster)
  • Acting Deputy CEO (Steve Agnew)
  • Principal Registrar (Adele Byrne)
  • Manager, Chief Judge’s Chambers (Stewart Fenwick)
  • Secretariat (Haylee Hobbs)
To assist the Chief Judge and the National Co-ordinator of Case Management in the case management of the Court and to enhance the adoption of consistent case management practices throughout the Court.
Legal Committee
  • Judge Baumann (chair)
  • Judge Brewster
  • Judge Driver
  • Judge Phipps
  • Judge Jarrett
  • Judge Riethmuller
  • Judge Cameron
  • Judge Whelan
  • Judge Foster
  • Principal Registrar, Adele Byrne (minutes)
To consider and refer recommendations to the Chief Judge on possible rule amendments and wider legal issues concerning the Court’s jurisdiction.
Policy Advisory Committee
  • Chief Judge Pascoe
  • Judge Baumann
  • Judge Donald
  • Judge Emmett
  • Judge Riethmuller
  • Judge Burchardt
  • Judge Cassidy
  • Judge Kelly
  • Acting CEO (Richard Foster)
  • Acting Deputy CEO (Steve Agnew)
  • Principal Registrar (Adele Byrne)
  • Secretariat (Stewart Fenwick)
To provide advice to the Chief Judge in relation to the Court’s overall strategies and policies for the delivery of court services.
Research Ethics Subcommittee
  • Chief Judge Pascoe
  • Judge Baumann
  • With support from the Acting Deputy CEO (Steve Agnew)
To consider, monitor and overview all research and evaluation proposals (whether internal or external) for approval and disseminate research papers/results as necessary.

Joint Committees

Table G.2 provides details of the membership and functions of the joint committees (alphabetical order) of the Federal Circuit Court at 30 June 2013.

Table G.2: Joint committees, 30 June 2013

Committee Members Terms of reference
Chief Executive Officer’s Management Advisory Group
  • Acting CEO Federal Circuit Court and CEO, Family Court, Richard Foster (chair)
  • Acting Deputy CEO, Federal Circuit Court (Steve Agnew)
  • Executive Director Corporate, (Grahame Harriott)
  • Principal Registrar, Federal Circuit Court (Adele Bryne)
  • Principal Registrar, Family Court (Angela Filippello)
  • Principal Child Dispute Services (Pam Hemphill)
  • Executive Director, Client Services (Stephen Andrew)
  • Regional Registry Managers (Marianne Christmann, James Cotta, Jane Reynolds and Greg Thomas)
  • Chief Information Officer (Phil Hocking)
  • Executive Advisor, Federal Circuit Court and Family Court (Leisha Lister)
  • Manager, Chief Judge’s Chambers (Stewart Fenwick)
  • Director, Client Services (Simon Kelso)
To provide operational and policy advice to the Chief Executive Officer’s regarding key areas that are likely to be affected by the integration of the administrations of the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court.
Family Law Courts Advisory Group
  • Chief Justice Bryant
  • Chief Judge Pascoe
  • Justice Watts
  • Judge Baumann
  • Acting CEO, Federal Circuit Court and CEO, Family Court (Richard Foster)
  • Attorney-General Department representative (David Fredericks and Louise Glanville)
The Family Law Courts Advisory Group has a critical governance role in resourcing the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court and coordinates various administrative relationships between the two courts.
Family Violence Committee
  • Justice Ryan (chair)
  • Justice Collier
  • Justice Stevenson
  • Judge Brown
  • Judge Hughes
  • Judge Altobelli
  • Principal Registrar (Angela Filippello)
  • Family consultant (Diane Lojszczyk)
  • Senior Legal Research Advisor (Kristen Murray)
To complete the implementation of the courts’ Family Violence Strategy and provide advice to the Chief Judge, Chief Justice of the Family Court and Chief Executive Officer on family violence issues.
Harmonised Bankruptcy Rules Monitoring Committee
  • Justice Greenwood, FCA (convenor)
  • Judge Burchardt,
  • Principal Registrar, Federal Circuit Court (Adele Byrne)
  • Representatives from the Family Court
  • Representatives from the profession
To monitor the operation of the Federal Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2005 and the Federal Circuit Court (Bankruptcy) Rules 2006 and identify such amendments as may be necessary to address any legislative or procedural changes, or to resolve any difficulties.
Joint Costs Advisory Committee
  • Justice Benjamin (chair)
  • Andrew Phelan, Chief Executive and Principal Registrar, High Court
  • John Mathieson, Deputy Registrar, Federal Court
  • Adele Byrne, Principal Registrar, Federal Circuit Court
  • Angela Filippello, Principal Registrar, Family Court
To advise the justices of the High Court, judges of the Federal Court, judges of the Family Court, and judges of the Federal Circuit Court (annually) on variations in the quantum of costs for legal practitioners (including expenses and fees for witnesses) which may be fixed in the rules for which they are respectively responsible.
Information Technology Judicial Reference Group
  • Justice Cronin
  • Judge Jarrett
  • Judge Riethmuller
  • John Fitzgibbon (Senior Registrar)
  • Executive Director Client Services (Stephen Andrew)
  • Chief Information Officer (Phil Hocking)
To provide advice on the strategic direction of all information technology within the courts.
Library (proposed joint committee)
  • Justice Finn (chair)
  • Nominated judges
  • Manager Family Law Information Service
 
National Consultative Committee
  • CEO’s representative, Claire Golding, Manager, Human Resources (chair)
Members are selected by vote and represent:
  • National Support Office, Annie Fenn (HR Consultant, Canberra)
  • Associate, (Megan Cunnane (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court, Cairns)
  • Registrar, Debra Parker (Canberra)
  • Client Services, large registry, Chris Cole (Adelaide) and small registry Ebony Fenner (NEC, Sydney)
  • Family consultants, Louise Salmon (Sydney)
  • A representative from the Community and Public Sector Union is invited to attend

Consultative forum for staff about issues with a national perspective such as industrial democracy, security, the strategic objectives of the Court, equal employment opportunities, new technology, accommodation and amenities and personnel and staffing policies and practices.

Delegates present staff views on issues that affect the management and future direction of the Court and provide feedback and briefings to the workplace nationally.

Property Management Committee
  • Justice Dawe (chair)
  • Judge Donald
  • Acting CEO, Federal Circuit Court and CEO, Family Court (Richard Foster)
  • Executive Director Corporate, Family Court (Grahame Harriott)
  • Registry Manager representative
  • National Manager Contracts and Property (Akasha Atkinson)
To plan and assess the current and future needs of the courts in relation to property services including contracting, refurbishment and construction activity.
Staff Development Committee
  • Claire Golding, Manager Human Resources, (chair)
  • Registry Manager representative: Brenda Field (Dandenong)
  • Child Dispute Services, Stacey McGuinness (Federal Circuit Court, Sydney)
  • Registrars, Debra Parker (Canberra)
  • Client Services: Rupal Patal (NEC, Sydney)
  • Information Technology and Communications Services: Sona Muradyan (Sydney)
  • Registry Services Team Leaders: Julie Greig (Adelaide)
  • HR Representative, Workforce and Policy Manager, Jane Morgan (NSO, Canberra)
To identify, develop and/or develop national training and development initiatives, policies and programs.

Appendix H: External involvement 

The Chief Judge, judges and the Chief Executive Officer participate in a range of consultative and strategic forums including the following:

Australian Courts Administrators’ Group

The Acting Chief Executive Officer represents the Court at this forum which meets to progress issues surrounding courts administration across Australia and New Zealand. The group meets quarterly.

Family Law Council

The Family Law Council provides advice and recommendations to the Attorney-General on the workings of the Family Law Act 1975 and other family law legislation, legal aid in family law, and any other matters relating to family law. The Court was represented on the Council by Judge Lapthorn with the Principal Registrar, Adele Bryne as an observer to the Council.

Law Council of Australia

The Federal Circuit Court and the Law Council of Australia Liaison Committee met twice to consider issues pertaining to the general federal law jurisdiction of the Court.

Family Law Section – Regional Family Law Section

The Court initiated liaison with the Family Law Section Regional Committee to discuss a range of activities with a particular focus on the Courts circuit program to rural and regional Australia.

Workplace Ombudsman

Senior staff of the Court met with officers from the office of the Workplace Ombudsman to discuss issues pertaining to Fair Work.

National Legal Aid

Representatives from the Court meet regularly with representatives from National Legal Aid which is a national body representing the legal aid commissions. The current Chair of National Legal Aid is Mr Anthony Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Queensland.

National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council

The National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council is an independent body that provides policy advice to the Attorney-General on the development of alternative dispute resolution practices. The Court notes the significant emphasis it places on alternative dispute resolution processes and recognised the range of beneficial outcomes these processes can deliver for parties.

Child Support Program

The Court’s Principal Registrar, Adele Byrne, is a member of the Child Support National Stakeholder Engagement Group which is a representative forum of key stakeholders with expertise and an interest in child support matters. The establishment of this group was in response to a recommendation of the Ministerial Taskforce report into child support, In the Best Interests of Children-Reforming the Child Support Scheme.

Social Security Appeals Tribunal

The Court has arrangements in place with the Social Security Appeals Tribunal in respect of processes for the provision of material when matters are appealed to the Court. There is regular liaison with this Tribunal when issues arise in the context of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal appeal jurisdiction.

Insolvency and Trustee Service of Australia

During 2012–13, regular liaison meetings were held with representatives from the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia, the Federal Circuit Court, and the Federal Court, with an update on recent trends and developments.

Improving the interface between the child protection and family law systems

The Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department is involved in several projects with the states and territories to improve the interface between the child protection and family law systems. Representatives from the Court attended meetings during the year with the aim of enhanced liaison. The Court has also established a committee comprising judges in various key localities, to progress local liaison with prescribed welfare agencies with a view to better information exchange.

South Australia pilot project

A pilot in South Australia is developing and implementing initiatives to improve collaboration between the federal family law system and the South Australian child protection system.

International visitors

Russian delegation – February 2013

The Chief Judge together with Judge Emmett, met with a delegation of judicial officers from Russia in February 2013 who visited the Court in Sydney. The delegation was lead by the Chief Justice of the Commercial Court and was provided with an introduction to the work of the Court, with discussion focussing on a range of matters falling within the general federal law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court.

Bhutan delegation – March 2013

The Chief Judge hosted a delegation for justices of the Supreme Court of Bhutan, who visited the Court in Sydney, as part of the delegation’s meetings with a range of courts and agencies in Australia.

Community relations

Local family law registry consultations and other activities

Registry engagement with local communities, community-based organisations concerned with family support and the family law system, community forums, law societies, family law pathway networks, volunteer networks and other government agencies was once again a priority in 2012–13.

Consultation is considered essential and invaluable in developing and maintaining critical relationships that assist litigants. Regular consultation provides the registries with feedback about users’ experiences of registry services and the courts. This inevitably leads to service improvements and ensures that the Court is better placed to assist litigants.

Some of the highlights from the year, reported in more detail below, include:
  • in Queensland, the benefits of eFiling continued to be promoted strongly, with further growth in the use of these services. By 30 June 2013, Queensland had 35,666 documents eFiled, the most of all registries. The Melbourne registry had the most significant increase in documents eFiled with 31,650 in 2012–13 compared to 19,329 the previous year. See Table 1.3 for efiling numbers, including comparative data
  • in South Australia, the courts and Families SA established a protocol and local practices about the exchange of information between Families SA and the Family Law Courts aimed at providing a more holistic approach to dealing with children’s matters
  • the co-location of the senior child protection practitioners from the Department of Human Services in Melbourne and Dandenong commenced in late 2012. These roles are intended to facilitate and enhance the cooperation envisaged by the protocol between the Department and the courts. The aim is to better meet the needs and interests of children who are at risk.
  • in NSW/ACT a key liaison and partnership activity aimed at improving service delivery was the Sydney Family Law Settlement Service. This is a joint initiative of the Law Society of New South Wales, the New South Wales Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court. Detailed information about this pilot is in Joint Initiatives of the courts in Part 1.

In 2011–12, the Court reported on the courts’ User Satisfaction Survey undertaken at all major and medium sized registries. Survey results informed registries as to areas where the courts can perform more effectively and encouraged registries to keep on doing the things which court users say they do well. The results informed registries’ discussions with stakeholders. Feedback indicated a very high level of satisfaction with the experience that lawyers and litigants have in the courts. Respondents recorded that staff are courteous, respectful and helpful and it was also confirmed that litigants consider that their arguments are heard and taken into consideration in court.

Areas for change included improved website information, better advance notice as to what to expect at court especially as to how long a hearing might take and also, respondents suggested that the forms of the Court are not as accessible and easy to use as they could be. In response, the Court is improving and updating information on the website noting that the courts understand that wherever possible, court users want to work from their desktop to answer questions. The courts are looking to change the standard letters about upcoming court events to give improved clarity as to the time a hearing might take, recognising that people take time out of employment and other responsibilities to attend court.

Local pathways groups or networks continued to be a key forum for engagement. Pathways is a family law interagency network, established in 2005 and funded by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. It aims to facilitate a more integrated family law system, to include lawyers and community-based agencies that deal with separated families, family dispute resolution and associated issues such as family violence. In some areas members include those involved with health and child protection. Each network develops and maintains cross-sector training to help build stronger working relationships in the family law system.

In addition to general consultations, registries again engaged with community-based organisations and other jurisdictions about best practice approaches to support those clients who are subject to, or fear, violence from their partner, former partner or other family members.

Registries worked with universities, offering or participating in moot courts and provided information for students; with the legal profession at the local level providing professional development. Whilst not consultation as such, initiatives such as these are important in terms of relationship building and awareness building about the particular circumstances and needs of family law and of the people who need to use family law services.

Following is information about specific consultative activities undertaken by the Court’s registries.

NSW/ACT

Liaison with a range of community groups and representatives has the dual purpose of raising the awareness of courts staff to initiatives and perspectives which impact upon the courts’ clients and informing the community about the courts’ initiatives and perspectives. The aim is to demonstrate openness, break down barriers between the courts and the community and dispel myths on both sides. Registries in NSW and the ACT worked consistently and widely to achieve these goals in 2012–13.

Sydney

A key collaborative engagement that benefits court users at the Sydney registry extends to the following organisations delivering their services from the registry:

  • Legal Aid NSW Early Intervention Unit Duty Solicitor scheme
  • Legal Aid NSW Court Ordered Mediation program
  • Family Relationship Centre Information and Referral Service, and
  • Women’s Family Law Support service.

These services have been introduced in order to achieve the following:

  • to increase access to earlier, expert legal assistance for self-represented individuals seeking legal help
  • to assist clients to take timely and appropriate action to progress or resolve their family law matters efficiently and effectively, and
  • to improve our efficiency by reducing the impact of self-represented litigants on the workload of registry staff and the court process.

Other activities in 2012–2013 included:

  • regular meetings were held with family law practitioners to communicate Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court initiatives and seek feedback. The meetings were attended by the case management judges of the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court and the Registry Manager
  • a Child Dispute Services representative continued to attend monthly meetings of the Greater Sydney Families in Transition Group (Pathways) and is now on the Pathways Steering Committee
  • family consultants attended Saturday ‘Road shows’ for information giving to, and consultation with, Aboriginal communities in a number of areas including La Perouse, Redfern, and Campbelltown. Two more are planned for Mt Druitt and the Illawarra
  • family consultants continue to be regular guest speakers at the University of NSW informing law and Masters of Psychology students as to the role of family consultants
  • two members of ‘Dads in Distress’ attended a Child Dispute Services team meeting for a productive information sharing exercise
  • a local Rabbi attended to provide information about Jewish marriage and divorce. This was a successful and interesting meeting and representatives of other cultural/religious backgrounds are being considered, and
  • meetings were held between courts’ staff and senior executives of the Department of Family and Community Services. The meetings fostered an ongoing relationship between the Department and the courts’.

Parramatta

Key collaborative engagement that benefits court users at Parramatta registry extends to the following organisations delivering their services from the registry:

  • Legal Aid NSW Early Intervention Unit duty solicitor scheme, and
  • Legal Aid NSW Court Ordered Mediation program.

These services have been introduced at Parramatta in order to achieve the same outcomes as Sydney (see previous page).

In addition to this, the following activities from 2012–13 are noteworthy:

  • case management judges of the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court, judges and registry personnel met regularly with members of the legal profession. The meetings provided an opportunity to discuss changes and local issues and to provide procedural and legal updates
  • the Senior Family Consultant attended the meetings of the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution pilot program (under the auspices of Unifam Counselling and Mediation), as a member of Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee. This free and voluntary program for Western Sydney clients was a family dispute resolution process for families where past or present family violence may hinder the dispute resolution process. Despite good results, funding was discontinued at the end of the pilot period
  • the Senior Family Consultant facilitated Family Relationship Centre attendance at court, as part of Family Relationship Centre training and familiarisation. More than 30 people participated in this activity that is an invaluable part of the courts’ endeavours to build working relationships with other organisations involved in services to children, parents and other family members, and
  • family consultants attended a Greater Sydney Family Law Pathways Network facilitated meeting on family violence legislative amendments.

Dubbo

  • The NSW Central West Family Law Pathways Network met every two months, video-linked between Dubbo and Bathurst and held two family law training events, for local family law lawyers and family dispute resolution practitioners.

Wollongong

  • The Federal Circuit Court Judge conducted regular seminars with the local legal profession.
  • Staff, including family consultants, attended the Illawarra Family Law Pathways meeting every two months. Family consultants also worked with the Southern Highlands Pathways, Shoalhaven Pathways and Shoalhaven Domestic Violence Network and were on panels discussing family law and family violence issues.

Newcastle

  • Court staff attended the monthly Family Law Pathways Network meetings and were involved in organising activities such as information days for community organisations. Participants noted that the information days gave them a fantastic insight into court process and of where they fit into the system.
  • The registry, including the judiciary, held quarterly meetings with members of the legal profession and staff, and
  • Regular seminars were held for members of the legal profession at lunch times. Topics discussed during 2012–13 included the following:
    • how to run an interim hearing for parenting orders
    • how to run a contravention hearing for breach of parenting orders
    • how to prepare for a conciliation conference
    • how to prepare an affidavit for a parenting matter
    • how to prepare an affidavit for a property matter
    • how to draft an affidavit with admissible evidence for an interim matter
    • how to draft enforceable orders
    • how to ask for a location or recovery order and evidence in support
    • how succeed with an order for exclusive occupation of the former matrimonial home
    • how to bring a spouse maintenance application, urgent and substantive, and
    • how to bring an application for a passport order or change of name order.
  • The registry accommodated visits from students from the University of Newcastle as part of their family law training program. More than 25 students visited the registry through this program, increasing their awareness of family law as a career path.

Canberra

  • The Senior Family Consultant is a member of the steering committee of ACT Pathways. ACT Pathways meets every six weeks to plan and develop strategies for seamless referrals for clients between the various family law service providers in the ACT. The group also undertakes educative activities about family. In 2012–13 this included arranging a number of seminars about family law (children’s issues), family violence and mental health issues.
  • The Senior Family Consultant is a committee member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Incorporated for the Canberra region. The group meets monthly to discuss raising awareness of the importance of psycho-social development in infancy through education, advocacy, research and professional networking. The Canberra branch is hosting the Association’s national conference in October 2013.

Qld/Northern NSW

The uptake of filing via the Commonwealth Courts Portal (the portal) throughout the region continued to grow during 2012–13. Brisbane registry was again the busiest eFiling registry nationally (see Part 1, Table 1.3 for details). A significant contributor to this uptake is the concerted effort by registry staff to promote the value of the portal.

Portal presentations were made to the legal profession at the registry and also at circuit locations. Specialised training was provided to local practitioners and to other practitioners across the region, using webinar conferencing.

There was increased use of phone and video-link appearances by judges of both courts, and particularly in circuit locations by judges of the Federal Circuit Court.

The Regional Registry Manager commenced regular meetings with the profession, including Legal Aid and Caxton Community Legal Service, to develop collaborative means of improving client service.

Another initiative commenced in 2012–13 was for client service team leaders to regularly move around the Brisbane registry waiting area, particularly in periods of high demand, to assist clients, where possible, without the need for the clients to attend the counter.

Brisbane

  • Regular meetings with various user groups including the family law practitioners, Legal Aid, Department of Human Services, Child Support. These meetings provide invaluable opportunities for information exchange, awareness raising and generally building strong networks across the broad family law system.
  • Speakers were provided for external training sessions, including on special medical procedures for medical specialists, on consent orders for Legal Aid and on contravention applications for family law practitioners.
  • Representatives from Child Dispute Services attended regular meetings with the Brisbane and Gold Coast Pathways Group and the registry also met with the Queensland Legal Aid Independent Children’s Lawyers group.
  • Senior managers attended liaison meetings with their counterparts in state and district courts administrations. Topics for discussion included management of the volunteer JP services across jurisdictions, and implementation and continuing liaison around the introduction of a new transcript provider in State Court locations used by the Federal Circuit Court.
  • Regular liaison meetings continue with the local Pathways representatives at Coffs Harbour and Lismore during Federal Circuit Court circuit sitting weeks.
  • The Federal Circuit Court and courts’ staff worked in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology to run moot courts for bar practice course participants and also provided opportunities for QUT law students as interns in chambers at the courts.
  • The registry hosted a delegation of Chinese judges and court officials. The visit included a presentation of the portal and operations of the registry.
  • Contributions were made to the KPMG Cost Benefit Analysis of the Court Network, commissioned by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. This work was still underway at 30 June 2013, its purpose being to quantify the benefits to courts’ users of the Court Network volunteer service.
  • A presentation was made to Court Network 2013 volunteer intake including information about the organisation and operation of the Family Law Courts. The Network’s role is to provide litigants with support, if required, when attending court and printed information about community family support services. Court Network provides in excess of 35 hours of support services to litigants each week. Forty people joined the network at this year’s volunteer intake.

Northern QLD (including Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton)

  • The Registry Manager attended regular meetings with the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service, the Family Law Pathways Network, the Family Relationship Centre (Centacare), and Relationships Australia, as well as ad hoc meetings with the profession and representatives from State Government departments.
  • Staff representatives met with the Family Law Practitioners Association, Family Relationship Centres, and domestic and family violence support groups in Cairns and Rockhampton regularly. Topics of discussion this year included registry practices, urgent applications, certificates by family dispute resolution practitioner related to parties attending family dispute resolution (under Section 60I of the Family Law Act), Children’s Contact Centres, Parenting Orders program, and safety plans for attendance at court.
  • A Legal and Community Sector Forum was hosted by the courts in Townsville. The forum was organised by the Family Law Pathways Network and judges from both courts spoke. Topics of discussion included the need for appropriate referrals to be made between government departments and community-based organisations working in the family law sector.
  • Judges of the Federal Circuit Court in Townsville and Cairns participated in moot courts for law students from James Cook University.

SA/NT

Adelaide

Collaborative relationship building with other agencies delivering services to the Court’s clients was a priority activity in the Court’s community engagement strategies at the Adelaide registry in 2012–13. A key activity expected to have significant ongoing benefits for the courts’ clients was to establish clear protocols and local practices about the exchange of information between Families SA and the Family Law Courts. This particularly relates to developing a more holistic approach to dealing with children’s matters and the establishment of judicial forums to facilitate discussion of matters relating to family violence and child abuse, child development and other general issues with a family law and child protection interface. As a result of these meetings with Families SA, the registry has put in place an electronic communication strategy for the exchange of information, and it developed and, at 30 June 2013, was piloting a Notice of Risk which is filed in the Federal Circuit Court with every final orders application and response involving children.

In 2012–13 the registry actively promoted the benefits of eFiling. A Commonwealth Law Courts portal hub was established in the registry so that clients visiting the registry could independently register on the portal and lodge documents. This has resulted in clients having the option to file online rather than waiting to be served by counter staff. Regular portal training was provided to local practitioners and at circuit locations, resulting in a greater take up of electronic filing particularly in regional South Australia. Other activities throughout the year at the registry included:

  • training and support to the Women’s Information Service court support program (WIS) and the Women’s Legal Service (WLS) volunteer program. The registry provided a two day training program which introduced community workers to the Family Law Courts and the pathways through the family law system. Volunteers from WIS participated in the training program, followed by a group of 12 volunteers, in November, from the WLS. WIS subsequently implemented a program offering assistance to women who require a support person when attending court. Feedback from the WLS volunteers identified that the training was vital for them to be able to help clients in understanding and becoming familiar with the registry and court practices
  • held regular meetings with the family law practitioners branch on topics such as registry practices and eFiling. Topics of particular interest included the piloting of the Notice of Risk in SA, the Pathways kiosk and the ability to book file and subpoena viewing times
  • hosted information and training sessions with Grandparents for Grandchildren Inc and Family by Family SA. Grandparents for Grandchildren provide a range of advice, information and referrals in situations where grandparents have the day to day care of their grandchildren. The Families by Families group provides a wide range of support and advice to families in times of distress. The training has provided both groups with a better understanding of how the courts work and assisted in establishing open communication
  • continued our active involvement in the Child Support Program Stakeholder Engagement Program, Community Stakeholders Engagement Group, Pathways and the Family Relationship Centres. Topics for discussion this year included the rebranding of the Australian Government Department of Human Services, which includes the Child Support Program (formerly the Child Support Agency), Medicare Australia, Family Assistance Office and CRS Australia, and separated families support material
  • provided information sessions to law students from the University of South Australia and the Adelaide University
  • introduced the Pathways kiosk, a collaborative initiative involving Pathways, the Family Law Courts and family law service providers in December 2012. It provides service information to separated parties and their legal representatives and assists separated parties to access services. The Pathways kiosk also operates as a ‘walk in’ information and referral service. The project officer staffing the kiosk assists with booking appointments with external service providers and ensures the judiciary has up to date information on waiting times and appointment availability for external agencies, and
  • contributed to a study by the University of Western Sydney in relation to understanding how interpreter services are managed within Australian courts and tribunals. The registry provided input into a thesis on current contracting practices for legal interpreters. This study aims to contribute to the understanding of how interpreting services are managed within Australian courts and tribunals. A number of surveys have been done of both interpreters and judicial officers, but not many studies exist that consider the perspective of registry staff of courts and tribunals or language services providers.

Furthermore, judicial officers, registrars and family consultants contributed to the following:

  • Law Society of South Australia, 2012: chair, continuing professional development seminar and guest speaker at Law Society continuing professional development session – ‘Attachment theory’, October 2012
  • hosted two information session for participants in SA Bar Readers Course
  • Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department: working group member, South Australian pilot project in relation to improving the interface between the child protection systems and the family law system (reported on earlier in this appendix)
  • regular meetings with Legal Aid representatives, solicitors and bar, and Families SA
  • moderated the session on ethics at the National Family Law Conference in Adelaide
  • coordinated and chaired the Family Law Refresher for the NT Law Society, and
  • coordinated and chaired the Annual Australian Family Law Conference in Bali.

Darwin

The Registry Manager is a member of the steering committee of Family Pathways and attended quarterly meetings of the Family Relationships Centre Consortium Group.

Liaison meetings chaired by the Federal Circuit Court judge were held quarterly with family law practitioners providing a forum for feedback from practitioners.

Alice Springs

The Federal Circuit Court judge attended the Alice Springs Family Pathways network and met with legal practitioner meeting when on circuit.

Vic/Tas

Highlights for the Victorian/Tasmanian registries of the Court in 2012–13 included an initiative to co-locate two Victorian Department of Human Services senior child protection practitioners at the Melbourne and Dandenong registries. The initiative builds on an ongoing relationship between the courts and the Department developed over many years (the original protocol was published in 1995), aimed at improvements for mutual clients.

The co-location of the senior child protection practitioners in the two registries commenced in late 2012. These roles are intended to facilitate and enhance the cooperation envisaged by the protocol between the Department and the courts. The aim is to better meet the needs and interests of children who are at risk.

A further context for this initiative was the commencement of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 (Cth) which places important obligations on child welfare agencies and registry managers.

In Dandenong, the child protection practitioner is located in the registry for three days a week as part of her ongoing responsibilities with the Department’s child protection. The primary operational function of the liaison role in Dandenong is to guide the child protection southern regional response to reported concerns for the safety and wellbeing of children in the context of family law proceedings. The intention is to improve exchange of information as far as practicable and appropriate under the relevant statutory provisions and increase awareness within the Department and the courts in regard to their respective roles in protecting children and determining parenting arrangements that reflect the best interests of children.

The Child Protection Practice Leader (Family Law Liaison) position, located in the Melbourne registry on a full-time basis, is a newly created and dedicated position. The position has state-wide responsibility for facilitating liaison arrangements between child protection and the courts; also to promote and deliver education and training to registry and departmental staff on practice matters associated with family law cases and identify key areas of policy and professional practice that require attention.

It is intended that these initiatives will be the subject of an independent evaluation to determine the effectiveness of both roles in meeting the anticipated outcome of improved services to children whose families traverse the federal and state legal systems.

So far, the overwhelming response to these initiatives from within the courts, Victoria Legal Aid, the legal profession and across the Department’s regions has been affirming and optimistic. Although it has been a relatively short period, the enhanced confidence with which child protection officers across Victoria now relate to the family law system is strongly evident, and directly attributable to the positioning of Senior Child Protection staff within the courts.

Melbourne

  • Hosted meetings with stakeholder groups including Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Victoria Legal Aid and senior members of the Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. Topics discussed included: funding guidelines for legal aid and the impact of such changes for litigants and courts; improved currency of information for Australian Federal Police in regard to airport watch list orders which in special circumstances are designed to empower police to prevent parents and children leaving Australia; Victoria Police interest in an entitlement to inspect and copy court files and records in the course of their preparation of prosecution briefs; and feedback from the law society about registry services.
  • The case management judges of the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court, regional registry manager and coordinating registrar regularly attended Court Practice Committee meetings of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute Victoria.
  • Meetings occurred with the Victorian Magistrates Court and the Victorian Children’s Court magistrates regarding federal and state legislative intersections that have potential to cause issues particularly where children are at risk.
  • The regional registry manager had regular contact with Victorian Court Network, sharing information on developments in the family law jurisdiction, ensuring that network volunteers are up to date and supported in their role assisting unrepresented litigants.
  • Registry Manager, on behalf of the CEO, attended meetings convened by the CEO of the Law Institute Victoria. These meetings are convened for Commonwealth and Victorian courts’ CEOs for the exchange of information and advice on issues in courts administration in Victoria. Of special interest this year was the CEO reports on technological transformations and initiatives jurisdictions have underway to better meet court users’ expectations.
  • The Registry Manager attended the Victorian Department of Justice Family Violence Stakeholder Forums where there was useful exchange about legislative and policy reform and also community-based initiatives. This led to further talks to resolve concerns about courts’ powers under the Family Law Act vis a vis Victorian family violence orders. The focus and outcome is to ensure that women and children are not at risk.
  • The Registry Manager engaged regularly with state courts and in particular with Court registrars who support the Federal Circuit Court’s regional service at regional court houses. A cooperative relationship exists between the state and federal jurisdictions in Victoria.
  • The Child Dispute Services managers engaged with Victoria Legal Aid independent children’s lawyers in internal training initiatives to enhance shared understanding on practice issues in children’s matters. In addition, regular meetings between the Client Services Manager, the Regional Coordinating Registrar and the Victoria Legal Aid duty lawyers were held focusing on improved service delivery for clients.
  • Representatives from the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department were hosted by the Regional Coordinator for child dispute services with a particular focus on family law and child protection interface initiatives. Representatives from the Department of Human Services Victoria and the Regional Coordinating Registrar presented an overview of the Victorian co-location initiatives (reported above) at the national child protection and family law collaboration meeting convened by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.
  • The Regional Coordinating Registrar and the Regional Coordinator for Child Dispute Services were invited to provide training to the Department of Human Services legal officers on key provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and the work undertaken by family consultants extending mutual understanding between the courts and the Department and thereby improving risk management in relation to vulnerable children.

Dandenong

  • The Registry Manager continued to coordinate the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Group which met quarterly and comprised representatives from five Family Resource Centres in the catchment area, registry staff, Victorian Pathways group and local community-based organisations. The main focus of the Group is to coordinate a ‘drop in’ service at the registry on three mornings each week. Experienced dispute resolution practitioners are available to provide information and direct referral of clients to local family relationship services to assist the judges, legal practitioners and unrepresented clients. This initiative supports vulnerable families access to alternative dispute resolution and access to services appropriate to their needs.
  • The Registry Manager is a member of the Family Relationship Centre Reference Groups in Berwick, Chadstone and Frankston and through these forums receives valuable feedback about the development of these services in the wider family law system.
  • The Registry Manager has regular contact with the Victorian Court Network, ensuring the networkers are informed about changes in the family law environment and registry operations in order to support the Network’s valuable role is assisting self-represented litigants. A core group of five networkers support clients at the Dandenong.
  • The registry hosted a Zimbabwean delegation to demonstrate to its members family law registry operations in a regional setting. A particular focus was the free legal advice provided to clients by community-based, government funded agencies on the premises.
  • The Registry Manager and Registrar held quarterly meetings with the agencies providing free legal advice at the Dandenong registry, including community-based agencies and the Victoria Legal Aid Commission.
  • The Registry Manager convened a meeting between judges of the Federal Circuit Court and senior management and practitioners from Family Life, a community-based agency which, in late 2012, successfully tendered for the provision of children’s contact services in the south east of Melbourne. The objective was to introduce the judges to the operational objectives of Family Life in respect to managing the large workload of court orders and referrals for supervised contact and for the agency to understand the requirements of the judiciary. The judges gained a clearer understanding of the lead times for supervised contact services and the challenges Family Life faces in a difficult funding environment. Family Life was provided with an insight of the requirements of the judiciary when making orders for supervised time. It was agreed the meeting was useful and that such meetings should be organised twice each year.

Albury

  • Albury registry is represented on the Albury–Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network, which meets bi-monthly. This enables an exchange of information about local services that support families and court activities.
  • The coordinator of the Pathways Network attended court on duty days and provided information to lawyers and clients about services in Albury, Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Wangaratta areas, including courses and waiting list times for Contact Changeover Centres, parenting orders programs, Community Health Services, Family Relationship Centres and parenting programs in the catchment area. This active involvement of the coordinator has assisted the Court, the practitioners and the litigants to tailor orders that most accurately reflect the services the family requires within an identifiable time frame.
  • The Family Consultant attended local and regional meetings with other service providers to promote mutual understanding of roles and discussion on issues affecting families and children in the region.

Tasmania

  • The Registry Manager participated in meetings with the Hobart Family Relationship Centre Reference Group, Hobart Pathways as well as the Hobart Pathways Reference Group and the Child Support Agency Stakeholder Engagement Group.
  • The Launceston registry Service Team Leader and Family Consultant attended Launceston and North West Coast Pathways and Pathways Reference Group meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to share information about local services that provide support for separating families.
  • The biannual state-wide Federal Circuit Court and Family Court Family Violence Consultative Committee meeting, involving all public sector agencies concerned with improved responses to violence, including Tasmanian Police, Department Health and Human Services and Department of Justice, was convened and supported by the Registry Manager. The meetings provide a forum to share information with organisations that are responsible for dealing with family violence and update them on court initiatives such as the Family Violence Best Practice Principles and Family Violence Strategy. It also provides a means for those organisations to provide feedback in relation to the courts dealings with family violence issues.
  • The Legal Aid Commission and Family Law Practitioners Association supported the monthly Federal Circuit Court and Family Court’s Case Management Committee meetings. These meetings have been an important means of facilitating discussions in respect to the efficient flow of cases through the courts.
  • There were ongoing meetings with child protection about matters in both courts where allegations of child abuse had been made.
  • The family consultants and registrar spoke at a number of forums during the year, including the annual Family Law Practitioners Association conference.

Appendix I: Judge Activities 

Judge Activities

Acronyms used in Appendix I

AAWJ Australian Association of Women Judges
AFCC Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
AIJA Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
CDP Continuing Professional Development
CLE Continuing Learning Education
FLPA Family Law Practitioners Association
IARLJ International Association of Refugee Law Judges
QLS Queensland Law Society

 

Judge Conferences, presentations, papers and other activities to external organisations
Chief Judge
John Pascoe AO CVO

Professional Memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Deputy Chair of the Institute of the Early Childhood Foundation
  • LawAsia Family Law and Family Rights Section
  • International Association for Court Administration
  • Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network Board

Conferences

  • The Hong Kong International Family Justice Judicial Conference, Hong Kong, August 2012
  • Judicial Conference of Australia Annual Colloquium 2012, Freemantle, October 2012
  • Federal Magistrates Court and Family Court Concurrent Conference, Hobart, October 2012
  • 15th National Family Law Conference: The State of the Nation, Hobart, October 2012
  • Children Rights International and the Child Friendly Courts Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 2012
  • 25th Annual LawAsia Conference, Bali, Indonesia, November 2012
  • Federal Circuit Court Annual Plenary, Sydney, 29–30 April 2013
  • 14th Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference, Phuket, Thailand, June 2013

Presentations/Papers

  • 4th LawAsia Family Law Conference, The New Global Family: emerging trends and challenges to family practice. Speaker in “Ask a judge session on ‘Meeting of Minds or Messing of Mind’, Penang, Malaysia, July 2012
  • Legal Aid NSW Family Law Conference, Speaker in ‘Reaching out to vulnerable families’, Sydney, August 2012
  • 2nd Annual Legalwise International Family Law Conference. Speaker in ‘Illegal Child Adoption’ on Intercountry surrogacy – A new form of trafficking?, Siem Reap, Cambodia, September 2012
  • NSW Bar Association , Bar Practice Course, speaker with Federal Magistrate Emmett on the experience of practice before the Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney, Australia, October 2012
  • Federal Magistrates Court and Family Court Concurrent Conference, speaker in ‘Federal Magistrates Session’ on Updates on Current Issues’, Hobart, Australia, October 2012
  • 25th Annual LawAsia Conference – Speaker in ‘Protecting Our Children: Beyond Signing Conventions and Passing Laws’ on The Problem of Enforcement in Extraterritorial Laws Relating to Sex Tourism, Bali, Indonesia, November 2012
  • Presentation to the Family Law Council. Requested to speak on ‘Attorney-General’s examination of family formation and parentage laws under the Family Law Act’ on Surrogacy and Parentage Laws under the Family Law Act, Melbourne, Australia, February 2013
  • 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights: Building Bridges, speaker, ‘Family Violence 3’ on Counting the Cost of Abuse and Neglect, Sydney, March 2013
  • Family and Children’s Law Research Group, requested to speak at meeting on Litigants with Mental Illness, Melbourne, April 2013
  • 14th Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference, speaker on the Future Challenges for the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Family Law, Phuket, Thailand, June 2013
  • Chief Judge John Pascoe AO CVO, ‘Litigants with Mental Illness’ (2013) 23(2) Australian Family Lawyer 21

Facilitating

  • 4th LawAsia Family Law Conference, The New Global Family: emerging trends and challenges to family practice, Chairperson for the session on Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Issues, Penang, Malaysia, 13–14 July 2012
  • 2nd Annual Legalwise International Family Law Conference, panelist for the session on International Family Relationships and Children’s Issues, and closing comments, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 19–21 September 2012
Judge Mead

Presentations/Papers

  • Adelaide University Law Students ‘Judicial Role in Dispute Resolution – what is it like to be a Judge?’, October 2012
  • Commentary on guest speaker at Law Society CPD session, ‘Attachment theory’, October 2012
  • Talk with Judge Cole and barrister John McGinn to JusticeNet practitioners about the Family Law system, practice and legislation, February 2013
  • Hosting information session for participants in SA Bar Readers Course, September 2012
  • Meeting of Family Consultants and Reg 7 Consultants, February 2013

Other external activities

  • AIJA Council meetings
  • Regular separate quarterly meetings with representatives from: Legal Aid, Solicitors and Bar, Families SA, SA Chapter, AIJA committee meetings
Judge Hartnett

Conferences

  • Committee Maritime International Conference Beijing, October 2012

Presentations

  • Leo Cussen Institute, Family Law Conference. Presentation on ‘Relocation List’, September 2012
  • Bar Readers Course. Presentation on General Federal Law in the Federal Circuit Court, 24 September 2012
Judge Coker

Conferences

  • North Queensland Law Association Conference, Townsville, Chairing Family Law papers, May 2013
  • Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference, participant and commentator, Phuket, Thailand, June 2013

Other external activities

  • Assisting with James Cook University Advocacy Course, July 2012
Judge Driver

Conferences

  • Migration Institute of Australia Annual Conference, Sydney, September 2012
  • IARLJ African Chapter Conference, Mombasa, October 2012
  • Thailand Regional Protection Migration Workshop, Thailand, November 2012
  • IARLJ Regional Conference, Sydney, 2013
  • National Asylum Summit, Adelaide, June 2013

Facilitating

  • Migration Users Group meeting with migration practitioners, judges and registrars of Federal Court April 2013, Briefing on trademarks jurisdiction within the Court, April 2013
  • Fostering NSW campaign launch at NSW Parliament House, 31 May 2013
  • Social Networking presentation at the Federal Court, Sydney, 20 June 2013
Judge Roberts

Conferences

  • Independent Children’s Lawyer Conference, Hobart, May 2013
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania Conference, Hobart, May 2013
  • LEADR mediation workshop, July/August 2012
Judge Phipps

Conferences

  • Second Annual Family Law Conference, Cambodia, September 2012

Presentations

  • 5th Anniversary – Berwick Family Relationship Centre, July 2012
  • Gippsland Family Law Pathway Network, ‘Family Violence, Twilight Forum, Traralgon, May 2013
  • Family Law Assistance Program, monthly presentation to students, Dandenong
Judge Connolly

Conferences

  • Australian Bar Association conference, ‘Improving Litigation’, Bologna, Italy, June 2013
Judge Jarrett

Conferences

  • National Family Law Conference, Hobart, 12 –13 October 2012
  • Asia Pacific Conference, AIJA, Auckland, 7–9 March 2013

Facilitating

  • Advisor to the Queensland University of Technology Oxford Intellectual Property Moot Team, February 2013
  • Mock hearing courts, Bar Practice Course, Queensland University of Technology, March 2013
  • Coordinator for the Federal Circuit Court, Queensland University of Technology Internship Program

Other external activities

  • Court Excellence Judicial Committee
  • Editor, Reports, Queensland Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
Judge Riethmuller

Conferences

  • Child Dispute Services 2012 National Seminar Series Presentation, Melbourne, 12 July 2012
  • RMIT University, Melbourne, 23 August 2012
  • Victorian Law Foundation Law Oration, Melbourne, 4 September 2012
  • Ballarat Family Law Pathways Network Event, Ballarat, 28 November 2012
  • Greater Melbourne Family Law Pathways Network Webinar, Melbourne, 6 March 2013
  • Child Dispute Services 2013 National Seminar Series Presentation, Melbourne, 21 March 2013
  • 2013 Federal Circuit Court Plenary, Sydney, 29 April –1 May 2013
  • Ballarat Family Law Pathways Network Event, Ballarat, 8 May 2013

Presentations

  • 2012 Law Institute of Victoria Family Law Conference, Melbourne, 27 July 2012.
  • Ballarat Family Law Pathways Network Event – Fifth Anniversary, Ballarat 18 July 2012

Other external activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria Family Law Section Courts Practice Committee
  • CCH, Consultant Editor for Federal Magistrates Court Handbook
  • Australian Journal of Family Law, Member of Editorial Board
Judge Nicholls

Conferences

  • The AIJA Interpreters Workshop, 5 April 2013

Presentations

  • The Migration Review Tribunal/Refugee Review Tribunal Annual Conference, ‘Tribunal Decision Recording Writing’, March 2013
Judge Sexton

Conferences

  • Family Law Conference, Cambodia, September 2012
  • National Family Law Conference, Hobart, October 2012

Presentations/ Papers

  • Eastern Suburbs Practitioners Conference, ‘Parenting Arrangements for 0–4’s, May 2013
  • National Family Law Conference, ‘Infants, Attachment and the Courtroom: Practical Guidelines for the Busy Judge’, Hobart, October 2012
  • Family Law Conference – ‘Family Violence Amendments’ and ‘Family Violence Amendments’, Cambodia, September 2012

Facilitating

  • Family Law Courts CLE seminar, ‘Experts in Property Matters’, March 2013
Judge Lapthorn

Conferences

  • New Families and Genetic Identities: Developments in Law Policy and Research – Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, Manchester University and London School of Economics, London, 19 June 2013

Presentations

  • 2nd Annual International Family Law Conference, Cambodia, September 2012
  • Downs and South West Queensland Law Association/Toowoomba and South West Queensland Family Law Pathways Network, Toowoomba, May 2013
  • Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland, ‘Assessment of Risk of Harm to Children’, June 2013

Other external activities

  • Family Law Council Meetings, November 2012, February and June 2013
Judge Henderson

Conferences

  • Albury-Wodonga Family Pathways Seminar, February 2013

Presentations

  • Parramatta CLE series, Chair, ‘Assessing the Property Pool, Disclosure and Add Backs’, August 2012
  • Legal Aid NSW Family Law Conference, ‘Family Violence Amendments to the Family Law Act – Observations from the Bench’, August 2012
  • Parramatta Region Family Law Interagency Launch. Keynote address, Anglicare Parramatta, November 2012
Judge Hughes

Conferences

  • Concurrent Education Day and Family Law Section Conference, October 2012

Presentations

  • Family Law Section Conference 2012, ‘Addressing Family Violence in Parenting Proceedings’ Hobart, October 2012
  • s11F training before the Melbourne Family Consultants, October 2012
  • Australian Psychological Society Family Law and Psychology Interest Group, ‘Parenting Coordination’, May 2013

Other external activities

  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the NSW College of Law Applied Family Law Program
  • Member of the Victorian Judicial Officer of Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee
  • Member of the Project Reference Group for the Medico/Legal Collaboration between the North Melbourne Legal Service and the Royal Women’s Hospital, ‘Acting on Warning Signs’
Judge Burchardt

Conferences

  • Comitè Maritime International Conference, Beijing, 19 October 2012
  • Meeting with Professor Tania Sourdin from the Australian Centre for Court and Justice System Innovation, Monash University, July 2012
  • Federal Magistrates Court and Law Council of Australia Liaison Committee Meeting, October 2012
Judge Emmett

Presentations

  • Eastern Suburbs Practitioners Conference, ‘Parenting Arrangements for 0–4’s, May 2013
  • National Family Law Conference, ‘Infants, Attachment and the Courtroom: Practical Guidelines for the Busy Judge’, Hobart, October 2012
  • Family Law Conference, ‘Family Violence Amendments’ and ‘Family Violence Amendments’, Cambodia, September 2012
Judge O’Sullivan

Conferences

  • National Judicial Orientation Program, Broadbeach, October 2012
Judge Halligan

Presentations/Papers

  • CLE – Child support judicial remedies, presentation and paper, Parramatta, 18 July 2012
  • Practical Advocacy in Family Law Young Lawyers, presentation and paper, Sydney, 1 Sept 2012
Judge Lucev

Presentations/Papers

  • Summer Clerks Course, ‘The Federal Magistrates Court – Practice and Procedure’, Western Australian Courts, December 2012
  • Summer Clerks Course, ‘Advocacy – Some Essential Tips for Beginners’, Western Australian Courts, December 2012
  • The Piddington Society Inaugural Commercial Law Conference, ‘457 Visas: crash and bash at the intersection of law and policy’, Bali, May 2013
  • Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice 12, ‘Advocacy – some essential tips for beginners’ 2013(2013)

Other external activities

  • Chief Justice’s State Indigenous Justice Committee
Judge F Turner

Conferences

  • Family Law Courts Concurrent Conference, Hobart, October 2012
Judge Cameron

Conferences

  • 20th World Congress of Labour and Social Security Law, Santiago, Chile, September 2012
Judge Altobelli

Presentations

  • National Mediation Conference, ‘Has Confidentiality in Family Dispute Resolution Reached its Use-by Date?’, 11 September 2012
  • National Family Law Conference, ‘When a Child Rejects a Parent’, Hobart, 13–19 October 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar, ‘Family Violence’, 25 October 2012
  • World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, ‘What would CROC look like if it were drafted for children born in 2013?’, Sydney, 19 March 2013
  • Family Law Pathways Conference 2013, ‘Family Law: Parent Alienation, Attachment and improving Outcomes for Children’ , Albury-Wodonga, 24 April 2013
  • Family Law Section Sydney Intensive, ‘Lasting Impressions: What do Judicial officers expect from new and intermediate Family Lawyers?’, Sydney, 9 February 2013, Melbourne, 4 May 2013
  • Family Law Pathways Network, ‘How the Courts Deal with Intractable Conflict’, Coffs Harbor, 17 May 2013
  • 14th Australian Family Lawyers Conference, ‘Dangerous Ideas in Family Law’, Phuket, June 2013
  • Family Law Pathways Network, ‘Has confidentiality in Family Dispute Resolution reached its use-by-date?, Greater Sydney, 26 June 2013

Other external activities

  • Family Issues Committee, Law Society of NSW
  • Member, Editorial Boards, Australian Journal of Family Law, Australasian Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • 2014 National Family Law Conference Papers Committee
  • University of Western Sydney School of Law External Advisory Committee
  • Visiting Professor, University of Western Sydney
  • Programs Advisory Committee, National Judicial College of Australia
Judge Burnett

Conferences

  • Judge Advocate General’s Conference, HMAS Harman, September 2012
  • Queensland Bar Association, Session Chair, ‘Refugee and Migration Law and Practice’, November 2012
  • Australian Defence Force Tri-Annual Legal Conference, Pukkapunyah, April 2013
  • International Bar Association, Annual Conference, Dublin, September 2012

Presentations/Papers

  • The Military Court of Australia and the proposed Australian Military Court – A potted history. Presentation to Australian Defence Force Legal Officer, Lavarak Barracks Townsville, April 2013
  • Paper delivered to the Industrial Relation Interest Group, ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words – Board of Bendigo RITFE v Barclay – Brisbane Club, May 2013.
  • Paper delivered to the Military Court of Australia and the proposed Australian Military, ‘A potted history’.
  • Paper – Actions Speak Louder than Words – Board of Bendigo RITFE v Barclay – Paper delivered to the Industrial Relation, Interest Group Brisbane Club, May 2013.

Facilitating

  • Military Advocacy Training, LTM2 Module, Australian National University, December 2012

Other external activities

  • Deputy Judge Advocate General, Air Force
  • Board Member Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland Section
Judge Coates

Conferences

  • The Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013
  • Judicial Conference of Australia, Colloquium, Fremantle, October 2012
  • 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, 12–14 October 2012

Presentations

  • De facto relationships, Bundaberg, August 2012
  • A Cultural Focus on Family Law, Cherbourg, January 2013
  • Independent Children’s Lawyers, Brisbane, November 2012

Other external activities

  • Indigenous Justice Committee
Judge Kelly

Presentations

  • Law Society of South Australia, Chair, ‘Interim Parenting Orders Seminar’, July 2012
  • Law Society. Moderator, Family Law Moot Competitions, South Australia, August 2012
  • Legal Services Commission, presentation to Independent Children’s Lawyer Group, South Australia September 2012
Judge Terry

Conferences

  • Pathways Conference, Newcastle, June 2013
  • Family Law Conference, Hobart, 12 October 2012.

Presentations

  • Contraventions to the Newcastle Family Law Practitioners, September 2012
  • University of Newcastle – lecture to law students on Family Law, September 2012
  • Family Law Conference, Hunter Valley
Judge Simpson

Presentations/Papers

  • Bar Association Conference, South Australian, February 2013
  • Paper, ‘Preparation of Affidavits and Proofs of Witnesses from a Federal Courts’ perspective’.
Judge Neville

Other external activities

  • University of Notre Dame Law Review, reviewer, Sydney
Judge Howard

Presentations

  • Lawasia Conference, ‘Judicial Administration ‘Innovative Practices in the Conduct of Trials and Interlocutory Applications in Australia’, Penang, 13–15 July 2012
  • College of Law, ‘Appearing in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, Brisbane, May 2013
  • Law Society of Queensland, Gold Coast Symposium, ‘Judicial Administration – the role of the Independent Legal Profession’, Gold Coast, 15 June 2013.

Conference

  • Lawasia Conference, ‘Children and the Law’, Conference Chair, Penang, 13–15 July 2012.

Other external activities

  • Ex officio member of the Lawasia Governing Council
Judge Purdon-Sully

Conferences

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting 2012, Singapore, 5–9 September 2012
  • Family Law Conference, Concurrent Education Day, Hobart, 11–12 October 2012
  • Plenary in Sydney, 29 April–1 May 2013
  • International Association of Women Judges 2013 Regional Conference Asia Pacific Region, Auckland, New Zealand, 9–12 May 2013
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, European Chapter Meeting, Salzburg, 22–26 May 2013

Presentations/Papers

  • FLPA Residential, Chair, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, 17 August 2012
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual General Meeting Forced Marriage in Australia, Recent Family Law Cases, Singapore, September 2012
  • Paper, People Trafficking and Marriage In Australia: recent developments and future directions

Other external activities

  • Member, Committee of AAWJ
  • Member, Humanitarian Sub-Committee AAWJ
  • Member, Supreme Court of Queensland Library Selections Committee
  • Queensland University of Technology Bar Practice Course Management Committee, an address by The Honorable Justice Robert Gotterson on ‘The Bar – Changes, Constants and Challenges’, Brisbane, 2012
  • The University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre, The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House and Bar Association of QLD, ‘Partnerships In Pro Bono’ Forum
  • Meeting with members of the Queensland Legal Service Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, April 2013
  • Meeting with Pacific judges as part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team’s Pacific Judges Consultation, June 2013
Judge Cassidy

Conferences

  • 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 12–17 October 2012
  • FLPA Family Law Residential, Chair of Children’s 1A Stream ‘What Family Lawyers need to know about Toxicology Reports’, 27th Calabro SV Consulting, August 2012

Presentations

  • Annual Symposium, ‘Preparing Affidavits for Family Law Matters in the QLS‘, Convention Centre, Southbank, 16 March 2013
Judge Bender

Conferences

  • Law Institute of Victoria, All in the Family networking event, 26 September 2012
  • Concurrent education day with the Family Court, October 2012
  • Family Law Section Conference, October 2012
  • Family Law Intensive, February 2013

Facilitating

  • Family Law Pathways Network. Facilitating the panel discussion, ‘Protocols between the Department of Human Services, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, May 2013

Other external activities

  • Spoke at memorial sitting for Mark Walters, Bendigo State Magistrates Court, 22 May 2013
Judge Demack

Conferences

  • Concurrent Conference, Hobart, October 2012
  • National Judicial Orientation Program, Sydney, March 2013
  • Asia/Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association of Women Judges, Auckland, New Zealand, May 2013.

Presentations/Papers

  • Central Queensland University ½ Day Property Conference. Speaker, ‘Valuation Evidence in Property Proceedings in the Family Law Courts’, August 2012
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of QLD Conference, ‘Family Law from GO to WOE’. Speaker, ‘The Interim Hearing’ and ‘Preparing for Final Hearing’, Rockhampton, September 2012
  • Law Association Conference. Speaker, ‘De Facto Property’, Central Queensland, October 2012
  • Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland Residential Gold Coast, Session Chair, August 2013

Other external activities

  • Queensland University of Technology Bar Practice Course, Mock Hearings, July 2012
  • Queensland University of Technology Bar Practice Course, July 2012
  • Function for Family Law Judges of South Korea with representatives from the Department of Communities and the Office of the Adult Guardian, October 2012
  • Legal Aid Queensland stakeholders meeting, October 2012
  • Women Lawyers Association of QLD, Women Lawyer of the Year Awards, Brisbane, November 2012
  • Pathways, Lismore, December 2012
  • Queensland University of Technology Bar Practice Course, Mock Hearings, February 2013
  • Host intern from the Queensland University of Technology, March–May 2013
  • Guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Mothers’ Union, Diocese of the Anglican Church, Brisbane, March 2013
  • Women Barristers and Judges, March 2013
  • Pathways, Rockhampton, May 2013
  • Legal Aid Queensland In-house training for Family Law Solicitors, ‘Ethics’, May 2013
Judge Walker

Conferences

  • 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, October 2012

Presentations

  • Legal Aid NSW Child Representation Conference – Future Directions in Child Representation. Speaker, ‘The relationship between the Court Expert and Independent Children’s Lawyer, Sydney, 26 May 2012.
Judge McGuire

Conferences

  • Family Law Conference, Darwin, 26 January 2013.
Judge Dunkley

Conferences

  • Family Law Conference, Hobart, October 2012

Presentations

  • Legal Wise Seminars, at ‘Family Law’ Update. Presentation with Mr Greg Kenny of Counsel, ‘Advocacy, Interim Hearings and the Federal Magistrates Court’, Parramatta, February 2013
Judge Baker

Conferences

  • 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, October 2012
  • Independent Children’s Lawyer Conference, Hobart, May 2013
  • Family Law Practitioners Association, Annual Conference, May 2013
  • National Judicial Orientation Program, March 2013

Facilitating

  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania, Annual Conference. Panel Member, ‘Family Law Litigation in Tasmania’, 11 May 2013
  • 5th National Family Law Conference, Chair, ‘Levelling the Playing Field: Interim Property Claims and Funding Litigation, 14–17 October 2013

Other external activities

  • Presentation to Legal Practice students, April 2013
  • University of Tasmania, Moot Court, ‘Presiding over Interim Hearings for Legal Practice, May 2013
  • Presentation to first year Law students, Overview of Federal Circuit Court, July 2013
Judge Monahan

Conferences 

  • International Bar Association, Annual Conference, Dublin, 30 September – 5 October 2012

Presentations

  • International Bar Association, Annual Conference, ‘Kidding around? Children’s Rights and Legal Representation’, Family Law Committee, Dublin, 4 October 2012

Other external activities

  • Co-authored with L Young, A Sifris and R Carroll, Family Law in Australia, 8th edition, Lexis Nexus Butterworth’s, Australia, 2013
  • Journal, Family Law Review, Thomson Reuters, Australia, Editor – Recent Cases, 2012–2013
  • Judges Forum, International Bar Association, Committee Secretary, 2012–2014
  • Family Law Review, Thomson Reuters, Australia, Editorial Board, ongoing
Judge Cole

Conferences

  • Western Australia weekend seminar, Perth, August 2012
  • Family Court of Western Australia Conference, Perth, October 2012
  • Family Law Intensive, Melbourne, May 2013

Presentations

  • National Family Law Conference. Moderated Ethics session, October 2012
  • NT Law Society. Coordinated and Chaired the Family Law Refresher, January 2013
  • Family law Conference. Coordinated and Chaired, Bali, June 2013
Judge Willis

Conferences

  • International Association of Women Judges Conference, London, May 2012
  • Family Law Courts Concurrent Conference, Hobart, October 2012
  • 15th National Family Law Conference, Law Council of Australia, Hobart, October 2012
  • National Judicial Orientation Program, Broadbeach, October 2012
  • Child Dispute Services 2013 National Seminar Series video-link, February 2103
  • FLPA in the Tropics, April 2013
  • North Queensland Law Association Conference, Townsville, May 2013
Judge Whelan

Conferences

  • Courts Concurrent Education Day, Hobart, 12–13 October 2012

Presentations

  • Independent Education Union of Australia Professional Development Day, ‘Appearing in the Federal Magistrates Court’, Brisbane, November 2012
  • Aitken Legal Workplace Forum, ‘Unlawful Termination and Adverse Action Claims under the Fair Work Act (including the implications of the Barclays decision)’, Gold Coast Forum, November 2012
  • Aitken Legal Workplace Forum, ‘Unlawful termination and adverse action claims under the Fair Work Act (including the implications of the Barclays decision)’, Sunshine Coast Forum, February 2013

Facilitating

  • Family Law Intensive 2013, Chaired Session, ‘Ethics in Parenting Cases’, Melbourne, 4 May 2013.
Judge Harman

Conferences

  • Sydney University, ‘Religious Freedom and the Law’, March 2013
  • AFCC Conference, Los Angelos, 29–31 May 2013

Presentations

  • Law Society Animal Issues Committee Meeting, ‘Pets and Family Law’, North Sydney, August 2012
  • NSW Legal Aid Annual Conference, ‘The Importance of Family Violence in Parenting Proceedings’, August 2012
  • Family Pathways, Family Dispute Resolution and the Federal Circuit Court’, Albury, September 2012
  • Catholic Care Conference, ‘Aboriginal Culture and Parenting Proceedings’, Sydney, September 2012
  • LEADR, ‘The future of Family Dispute Resolution in Family Law Proceedings’, Sydney, October 2012
  • Sydney University Speakers Program, ‘Family Dispute Resolution as an ongoing obligation in proceedings’ October, 2012
  • Penrith/Mt Druitt Domestic Violence Program Conference, ‘Family Violence and Parenting Orders – Obligations, Responsibilities and Outcomes’, October 2012
  • University of Western Sydney, ‘The Importance of Family Dispute Resolution skills in Family Dispute Resolution and in Court’, Sydney, October 2012
  • Illawarra Aboriginal Men’s Network, ‘Aboriginality as a Consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, November 2012
  • Albury Family Pathways, ‘Child Development, Family Violence and Parenting Proceedings’ (with Vince Papaleo), December 2012
  • Plumpton High School Year 12 Graduation, ‘Law as an instrument of Change’, December 2012
  • Penrith Women’s Refuge Association, ‘The relevance of Violence in Parenting Proceedings’, February 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Pathways Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a Consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, La Perouse February 2013

Presentations 

  • Riverina Family Pathways Network Conference, ‘The relevance of Culture in Parenting Proceedings’, March 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Pathways Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a Consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, Redfern, April 2013
  • Islamic Lawyers Association, ‘The relevance of Culture in Parenting Proceedings’, Bass Hill, April 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Pathways Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, Campbelltown, May 2013
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Service, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’ Alice Springs, May 2013
  • Central Aboriginal Land Council, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’ Hermannsburg, May, 2013
  • AFCC Conference, ‘LGBTQ Parents and Parenting Proceedings’, Los Angeles, May 2013
  • Secretariat of National and Aboriginal and Islander Child Care National Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, Cairns, June 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Pathways Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a Consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, Wollongong, June, 2013
  • University of Western Sydney, ‘The Power of Confession: Confessional Disclosure and the Witness Box in Child Protection’, June 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Pathways Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, Mt Druitt, June 2013
  • Aboriginal Family Law Conference, ‘Aboriginality as a consideration in Parenting Proceedings’, June 2013
  • Greater Western Sydney Family Pathways, Child Safety Forum’, Sydney, May 2013
Judge L Turner

Conferences

  • NT Law Society Family Law Refresher Conference, Darwin, January 2013
  • Bali Family Law Conference, Bali, May 2013

Presentations

  • NT Law Society Family Law Refresher Conference, Darwin, January 2013
  • Bali Family Law Conference, Bali, May 2013
Judge Foster

Conferences

  • National Judicial Education Program, Broadbeach, 28 October–2 November 2012
  • Family Law Section Annual Family Law Conference, Hobart, October 2012

Presentations

  • CLE in Wollongong registry, ‘Enforcement other than Contempt or Contravention’, July 2012
  • College of Law Advanced Family Law weekend, ‘Apprehended Judicial Bias ‘Who is that fair minded lay observer and What in the hell is he listening to?’, August 2012
  • South Coast Family Law Pathways Network Judicial Dinner, Guest Speaker, ‘The Federal Magistrates Court – Outreach and Services’, Nowra, 7 March 2013
  • College of Law Master of Applied Law Graduation, guest speaker, 22 October 2012
  • NSW Young Lawyers Family Law One Day CLE Seminar, ‘Idiots Guide to Best Practice in the Federal Magistrates Court: ie How not to get yelled at’, 9 February 2013
  • St George Sutherland Regional Family Lawyers meeting, guest speaker, 19 March 2013
  • CLE in Wollongong registry, ‘Idiots Guide to best practice in the Federal Magistrates Court: ie How not to get yelled at’, 18 March 2013
  • Various CLEs in Wollongong registry on topics including, ‘Superannuation, Pensions and such like’ and ‘Evidence Act Division 12A – What it Does’, time frame?

Facilitating

  • CLE in Sydney registry, Chair, ‘Back to Basics – Property’, May 2013
  • CLE in Wollongong, Chair, ‘The Magellan Protocol’, 11 February 2013
Judge Myers

Conferences

  • Central Coast Connexions Conference, opening Address, November 2012
  • AFCC 50th Anniversary Conference, Los Angeles, June 2013
  • Family Law Courts Concurrent Conference, Hobart, October 2012
  • FLPN, Hunter Valley, September 2012

Presentations/Papers

  • Central Coast Family Law Pathways Network Presentation, ‘Hearing Children’s Voices in Family Law’, 9 May 2013
  • Advanced Family Law Weekend, College of Law, ‘Hannibal is at the Gates – The use of Anton Piller Orders in Family Law Proceedings’, Sunday 26 August 2012
  • Hunter Valley Family Law Conference, ‘Negotiating in Family Law Matters’, 14 September 2012
  • 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, ‘Evaluating Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Family Court’, 20 March 2013
Judge Curtin

Presentations/Papers

  • Austlaw Family Lawyers Group, ‘Acting as a lawyer in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, written by Judge Slack, updated by Judge Curtain, May 2013
  • Addressed Young Lawyers Section of Law Institute of Victoria, November 2012

Facilitating

  • 15th National Family Law Conference in Hobart, Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia, Chaired Session ‘Addressing the Developmental Needs of Very Young Children’, October 2012

Appendix J: Court Locations 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra

Circuits to: Wagga Wagga

NEW SOUTH WALES

Parramatta, Newcastle, Sydney

Circuits to: Albury, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lismore, Orange, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wauchope, Wollongong

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin

Circuits to: Alice Springs

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville

Circuits to: Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Mackay, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Southport, Toowoomba

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide

Circuits to: Mt Gambier, Broken Hill

TASMANIA

Hobart, Launceston

Circuits to: Burnie

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth

VICTORIA

Melbourne

Circuits to: Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Cobram, Dandenong, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton, Warrnambool

Family law registries

National Enquiry Centre
Telephone enquiries:
TTY/Voice calls:
International:
Email:
1300 352 000
Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or Speak & Listen contact 1300 555 727
+61 2 8892 8590
enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra Nigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building
Cnr University Avenue and Childers Street, Canberra ACT 2600
New South Wales
Albury Level 1, 463 Kiewa Street, Albury NSW 2640
Dubbo Cnr Macquarie and Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo NSW 2830
Lismore Westlawn Building, Level 2, 29–31 Molesworth Street, Lismore NSW 2480
Newcastle 61 Bolton Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Parramatta Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building
1–3 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Sydney Lionel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building
97–99 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Wollongong Level 1, 43 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
Northern Territory
Alice Springs Level 1, Centrepoint Building, Hartley Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
Darwin TCG Building, 80 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800
Queensland
Brisbane Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building
119 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000
Cairns Commonwealth Government Centre, Level 3 and 4,
104 Grafton Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Rockhampton Virgil Power Building, Ground Floor 46 East Street, Cnr Fitzroy Street, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Townsville Level 2, Commonwealth Centre, 143 Walker Street, Townsville QLD 4810
South Australia
Adelaide Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building
3 Angas Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Tasmania
Hobart Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts Building
39–41 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Launceston ANZ Building, Level 3, Cnr Brisbane and George Streets, Launceston TAS 7250
Victoria
Dandenong 53–55 Robinson Street, Dandenong VIC 3175
Melbourne Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building
305 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

General federal law registries

All enquiries should be directed to the relevant registry, contact details follow.

TTY/Voice calls – Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or Speak & Listen contact 1300 555 727.

Australian Capital Territory
Canberra Nigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building
Cnr University Avenue and Childers Street
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6267 0566
Fax: (02) 6267 0625
Email: actman@fedcourt.gov.au
New South Wales
Sydney Law Courts Building
Level 17, Queens Square
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9377 5600
Fax: (02) 9230 8295
Email: nswdr@fedcourt.gov.au
Northern Territory
Darwin Level 3 Supreme Court Building
State Square
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: (08) 8941 2333
Fax: (08) 8941 4941
Email: ntreg@fedcourt.gov.au
Queensland
Brisbane Level 6 Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building
119 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3248 1100
Fax: (07) 3248 1260
Email: qldreg@fedcourt.gov.au
South Australia
Adelaide Level 5 Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building
3 Angas Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8219 1000
Fax: (08) 8219 1001
Email: sareg@fedcourt.gov.au
Tasmania
Hobart Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts Building
39–41 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6232 1615
Fax: (03) 6232 1601
Email: tasreg@fedcourt.gov.au
Victoria
Melbourne Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building
305 William Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 8600 3333
Fax: (03) 8600 3351
Email: vicreg@fedcourt.gov.au
Western Australia
Perth Peter Durack Commonwealth Law Courts Building
1 Victoria Avenue
Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9268 7100
Fax: (08) 9221 3261
Email: waregistry@fedcourt.gov.au

Appendix K: Contact Details 

Chambers of the Chief Judge

Chief Judge John Pascoe AO CVO
GPO Box 9991
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9234 0002
Fax: (02) 9234 0052

Office of the Acting Chief Executive Officer

Mr Richard Foster PSM
GPO Box 9991
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6243 8725
Fax: (02) 6243 8737

National Enquiry Centre

The National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email enquiries on Family Law Court (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court) matters. The NEC provides information and procedural advice, forms and brochures, and referrals to community and support services. NEC staff cannot provide legal advice.

Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Phone: 1300 352 000

International: +61 2 8892 8590

Postal Address: PO Box 9991, Parramatta NSW 2124

TTY/voice calls: Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or for Speak and Listen calls contact 1300 555 727

Email: enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au

Website

www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

www.familylawcourts.gov.au

Commonwealth Courts Portal – www.comcourts.gov.au

Email

customer.service@federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au

Commonwealth Courts Portal – support@comcourts.gov.au

Communication enquiries – communication@familylawcourts.gov.au