• Appendix A: Agency resource statement 2013–14
  • Appendix B: Staffing profile
  • Appendix C: Freedom of information
  • Appendix D: Advertising and market research
  • Appendix E: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
  • Appendix G: Committees
  • Appendix H: External involvement
  • Appendix I: Judge activities
  • Appendix J: Court locations
  • Appendix K: Contact details

Appendix A: Agency resource statement 2013–14

Table A.1: Agency Resource Statement, 2013–14

 

Actual Available appropriation
2013–14
$'000

Payments made
2013–14
$'000

Balance remaining
2013–14
$'000

Ordinary Annual Services1

 

 

 

Departmental appropriation2

191,9893

169,975

22,0144

Total

191,989

169,975

22,014

Administered expenses

 

 

 

Outcome 15

874

189

6856

Total

874

189

685

Total ordinary annual services

192,863

170,164

22,699

Special Accounts7

 

 

 

Opening balance

Appropriation receipts

Total special accounts

Total net resourcing for agency

192,863

170,164

22,699

1 Appropriation Act (No.1) 2013­–14 and Appropriation Act (No.3) 2013–14. This also includes Prior Year Departmental appropriation and section 31 relevant agency receipts.

2 Includes an amount of $8.358m in 2013–14 for the Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as 'contributions by owners'.

3 Includes $181.778m in Appropriation (Appropriation Bill No. 1 & 3) and $3.271m in Section 31 Receipts per Note 25 Table A of the Financial Statements, and $6.940m in Cash (Cash and Cash equivalents at the beginning of the reporting period) per Cash Flow Statement.

4 Unspent Departmental Annual Appropriation per Note 25 Table C of the Financial Statements.

5 Administered Appropriation per Note 25 Table A of the Financial Statements.

6 Administered Appropriation reduced per Note 25E of the Financial Statements in accordance with Section 11 of Appropriation Act No.1 2013–14.

7 Does not include 'Special Public Money' held in Other Trust Monies Account (OTM).

Table A.2: Expenses and Resources for Outcome 1

Outcome 1: Provide access to justice for litigants in family and federal law matters within the jurisdiction of the courts through the provision of judicial and support services.

Budget1
2013–14
$'000
(a)

Actual Expenses
2013–14
$'000
(b)

Variation
2013–14
$'000
(a) – (b)

Program 1.1: Family Court and Federal Circuit Court

Administered expenses

 

 

 

Ordinary Annual Services (Appropriation Bill No. 1 & No. 3)

874

1892

685

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year

300

9153

-615

Departmental expenses

 

 

 

Departmental Appropriation (Appropriation Bill No. 1 & No. 3)4

154,383

155,213

-830

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year5

49,161

50,167

-1,006

Total expenses for Outcome 1

204,718

206,484

-1,766

 

 

 

 

 

2012–13

2013–14

 

Average Staffing Level (number)

782

786

 

1 Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2013–14 Budget per 2013–14 Estimated Actual expenses in Table 2.1 of the 2014–15 Attorney General's Portfolio Budget Statements page 317.

2 Administered Expenses (Services Rendered) Per Note 18A of the Financial Statements.

3 Includes write down and impairment of assets, and refunds of fees per Note 18B and 18C of the Financial Statements.

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

5 Includes depreciation and amortisation, liabilities assumed by related entities for the Judges Pension Scheme (Family Court of Australia), Resources received free of charge, Judges Pension Scheme (Invalidity) (Federal Circuit Court of Australia).

Appendix B: Staffing profile

The Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (Administration) Act 2012 came into effect on 1 July 2013 formalising merged administrative arrangements that had been in place for some years. The Act also formalises the arrangements for there to be a single Chief Executive Officer for both the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

As at 30 June 2014, the agency had a total workforce of 767 employees that either supports a specific court eg direct judicial support to a Family Court justice or a Federal Circuit Court judge, or provides shared services eg registrars, family consultants, registry services and corporate services.

Of the agency's 767 employees:

  • 200 (26.08 per cent) were male and 567 (73.92 per cent) were female, and
  • 628 (81.88 per cent) were ongoing employees and 139 (18.12 per cent) were non-ongoing employees.

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

NSO

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

APS 1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

APS 2

2

2

19

 

13

7

 

17

 

60

APS 3

6

6

73

4

35

13

7

39

 

183

APS 4

5

11

55

 

32

13

4

31

1

152

APS 5

3

23

41

2

23

9

5

31

1

138

APS 6

2

25

6

 

2

2

 

4

 

41

EL 1

3

34

33

 

17

7

4

18

 

116

EL 2

1

15

22

 

12

4

2

11

 

67

SES 1

 

2

1

 

1

 

 

2

 

6

SES 2

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Total

22

121

251

6

135

55

22

153

2

767

Legend 
SES – Senior Executive Officer 
NSO – National Support Office

Table B.2: Staff by gender

Level

Gender

ACT

NSO

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

APS 1

Male

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

APS 2

Female

 

2

15

 

9

6

 

11

 

43

Male

2

 

4

 

4

1

 

6

 

17

APS 3

Female

4

4

53

3

26

7

6

30

 

133

Male

2

2

20

1

9

6

1

9

 

50

APS 4

Female

4

9

46

 

24

10

3

27

 

123

Male

1

2

9

 

8

3

1

4

1

29

APS 5

Female

3

13

35

2

22

8

4

27

1

115

Male

 

10

6

 

1

1

1

4

 

23

APS 6

Female

2

15

5

 

2

2

 

4

 

30

Male

 

10

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

EL 1

Female

3

8

29

 

15

5

4

13

 

77

Male

 

26

4

 

2

2

 

5

 

39

EL 2

Female

1

5

15

 

7

3

1

10

 

42

Male

 

10

7

 

5

1

1

1

 

25

SES 1

Female

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

3

Male

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

3

SES 2

Female

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Male

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Total

 

22

121

251

6

135

55

22

153

2

767

Table B.3: Staff by attendance status

Level

Attendance

ACT

NSO

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

APS 1

Part Time

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

APS 2

Full Time

2

2

11

 

12

3

 

12

 

42

Part Time

 

 

8

 

1

4

 

5

 

18

APS 3

Full Time

5

6

49

4

29

12

6

27

 

138

Part Time

1

 

24

 

6

1

1

12

 

45

APS 4

Full Time

5

9

47

 

27

10

3

26

1

128

Part Time

 

2

8

 

5

3

1

5

 

24

APS 5

Full Time

3

19

35

2

22

9

5

28

1

124

Part Time

 

4

6

 

1

 

 

3

 

14

APS 6

Full Time

2

22

5

 

1

2

 

4

 

36

Part Time

 

3

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

5

EL 1

Full Time

2

30

23

 

12

5

2

15

 

89

Part Time

1

4

10

 

5

2

2

3

 

27

EL 2

Full Time

1

15

16

 

9

3

1

9

 

54

Part Time

 

 

6

 

3

1

1

2

 

13

SES 1

Full Time

 

2

1

 

1

 

 

2

 

6

SES 2

Full Time

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Total

 

22

121

251

6

135

55

22

153

2

767

Table B.4: Ongoing staff by location and classification

Level

ACT

NSO

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

APS 1

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

APS 2

1

2

11

 

7

4

 

15

 

40

APS 3

4

6

57

1

31

13

5

33

 

150

APS 4

3

11

35

 

21

10

2

18

 

100

APS 5

2

22

37

2

22

9

5

24

1

124

APS 6

2

25

6

 

2

2

 

3

 

40

EL 1

3

31

29

 

11

6

4

17

 

101

EL 2

1

15

20

 

10

4

2

11

 

63

SES 1

 

2

1

 

1

 

 

2

 

6

SES 2

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Total

16

117

197

3

105

48

18

123

1

628

Table B.5: Non-ongoing staff by location and classification

Level

ACT

NSO

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

APS 2

1

 

8

 

6

3

 

2

 

20

APS 3

2

 

16

3

4

 

2

6

 

33

APS 4

2

 

20

 

11

3

2

13

1

52

APS 5

1

1

4

 

1

 

 

7

 

14

APS 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

EL 1

 

3

4

 

6

1

 

1

 

15

EL 2

 

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

4

Total

6

4

54

3

30

7

4

30

1

139

Judicial Officers

At 30 June 2014, there were 65 judges, including the Chief Judge, 24 female and 41 male.

Table B.6: Number of Judges, at 30 June 2014

Location

Judges

Australian Capital Territory

3

New South Wales

1 Chief Judge

22 judges

Northern Territory

1

Queensland

13

South Australia

6

Tasmania

2

Victoria

16

Western Australia

1

Total

65

Workforce turnover

During 2013–14, 88 employees left the agency (47 were non-ongoing, 41 were ongoing employees), being an annual turnover rate of 11.5 per cent against total employee numbers (767) at 30 June 2014.

Table B.7: Workforce turnover

Employment type

Reason

Total

Non-ongoing employees
5.43%

Dismissed

5

Resignation

39

Retirement age over 65

3

Total non-ongoing employees

 

47

Ongoing Employees
4.63%

Dismissed

1

ill health/invalidity

2

Inter department transfer

7

Redundancy

4

Resignation

21

Retirement under 60

3

Retirement age 65–65

2

Retirement age over 65

1

Total ongoing employees

 

41

Total

 

88

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

The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014 continued to operate during 2013–14. The Agreement has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014, however, under present arrangements it will continue to operate after that date until replaced or formally terminated.

At 30 June 2014, 735* Family Court and Federal Circuit Court employees were covered by the Enterprise Agreement.

Table B.8: Family Court and 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 1

 

1

1

APS 2

42

17

59

APS 3

133

50

183

APS 4

123

29

152

APS 5

114

23

137

APS 6

29

11

40

EL 1

75

33

108

EL 2

39

16

55

Total

555

180

735

* Excludes casual employees.

Other agreements

Table B.9: Employees covered by other agreements

 

Australian Workplace Agreements

Individual Flexibility Arrangements

Common law contracts

Determination 24 arrangements

Level

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

APS 1

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

1

 

1

APS 2

1

 

1

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

APS 3

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

APS 4

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

APS 5

1

 

1

 

 

0

 

 

0

2

 

2

APS 6

1

 

1

 

 

0

 

 

0

1

 

1

EL 1

2

6

8

 

3

3

1

3

4

7

11

18

EL 2

4

8

12

2

2

4

 

7

7

8

14

22

SES 1

1

1

2

 

 

0

2

2

4

3

3

6

SES 2

1

1

2

 

 

0

 

 

0

1

2

3

Total

11

16

27

2

5

7

3

12

15

23

30

53

Table B.10: AWA minimum salary ranges by classification

Classification

Salary Range ($)

APS 2

59,311–59,311

APS 3

N/A

APS 4

N/A

APS 5

84,754–84,754

APS 6

82,194–82,194

EL 1

102,137–130,000

EL 2

130,087–188,665

SES 1

175,495–199,092

SES 2

209,650–215,237

Table B.11: Classification structure and pay rates in accordance with the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014

APS Classification

Salary rates at 1 July 2012

Salary rates at 1 July 2013

APS 1

$42,779

$44,063

$43,937

$45,256

$45,745

$47,118

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

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. While there is no definition within this Act or the Privacy Act of the term 'matters of an administrative nature' the High Court decision in Kline v Official Secretary to the Governor-General and Another [2013] FCA 52 in their joint judgment considering this term pointed out:

[47] ..the only documents which courts and specified tribunals, authorities and bodies are obliged to open to increase public scrutiny are those documents relating to the management and administration of registry and office resources.'

There were four Freedom of Information application requests made to the Court for the period 1 July to 30 June 2014.

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 s91X of the Migration Act 1958. In addition section 6A of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 gives the Court general power to suppress/prohibit publication of evidence in respect of general federal law provisions (Part XIA of the Family Law Act 1975 deals with suppression and non-publication orders in proceedings under that Act).

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 sections 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the courts are required to disclose particulars of payments of $12,400 or more (inclusive of GST) for advertising, market research, polling organisations, direct mail and media advertising.

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court spent a total of $34,659 during the 2013–14 financial year in advertising and market research, comprising mainly payments to media advertising organisations for recruitment notices, with $17,189 (GST inclusive) being paid to the Australian Public Service Commission for an annual subscription to APS Jobs.

During 2013–14, the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court did not conduct any market research or advertising campaigns.

Appendix E: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Key achievements

  • Estimated savings of $45,000 were made in 2013–14 under energy supply contracts negotiated in recent years.
  • Paper usage reduced to below 2011–12 levels.

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 Family Court and Federal Circuit Court during 2013–14 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.

Table E.1: Family Court and Federal Circuit Court environmental impact/usage data, 2011–12 to 2013–14

 

2011–12

2012–13

2013–14

Energy usage privately leased only (stationary)

*

*

Data not available until October 2014

Paper usage

24,165 reams

27,181 reams

23,964 reams

Transport vehicles (energy usage)

5,839 GJ

6,035 GJ

Data not available until October 2014

Transport flights (estimated)

3,452,811 kms
975 tonnes CO2

3,101,516 kms
860 tonnes CO2

3,461,665 kms
962 tonnes CO2

* As a result of the re-classification of the Commonwealth Law Courts (CLCs) as Special Purpose buildings in 2012 and the associated changes to building management**, the courts no longer report energy and water usage for the CLC buildings. Therefore previous years' energy data is not comparable and has been removed.

** Historically, energy and water for the CLCs have been apportioned between the multiple jurisdictions occupying the buildings on an estimated percentage basis because there are no separate water or energy meters for each jurisdiction. In 2012, the CLCs were reclassified by the Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD) as Special Purpose Properties with DoFD responsible for the management of approximately 90% of the buildings. From that time, energy and water data has not been made available to the Court and is reported by DoFD.

Measures to minimise the Court's environmental impact

Environmental Management System

The Court's Environmental Management System (EMS) has many of the 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 Australian 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 2013–14, the Court worked within its EMS to minimise the environmental impact through a number of specific measures, either new or continuing, including:

Energy
  • annual stationary energy use has continued to reduce, with a further reduction in 2012–13 as noted in E.1. Electricity contracts continued to be reviewed to ensure value for money. Energy supply contracts negotiated in recent years resulted in estimated savings of $45,000 during 2013–14, and
  • 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.
Information technology
  • In addition to the desktop auto shutdown implemented in 2012, staff members continued to be encouraged to shut down their desktops at the end of the day prior to the auto shutdown start time to maximise energy savings
  • e-waste is recycled or reused where possible, including auctioning redundant but still operational equipment
  • ensuring ICT Sustainability Plan 2010–15 equipment standards are met when procuring new equipment, and
  • ensuring fully recyclable packaging where possible.
Paper
  • a reduction in paper usage of over 3000 reams was made from 2013–14 compared to 2012–13, taking usage to below 2011–12 levels.
    • most facsimile machines are set to email to reduce printing costs
    • affidavits over 100 pages are no longer printed
    • one-sided paper is reused for notepaper in some registries
    • clients are encouraged to use the online Commonwealth Courts Portal
    • records are stored electronically where possible, 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
  • work commenced on national cleaning tenders for both the CLCs and many of the privately leased registries, with the new contracts scheduled to commence in 2014–15. The Statement of Requirements for both of the cleaning tenders include the provision for recycling.
  • sites with waste recycling (commingled recycling) for plastics, metal, cardboard etc. is available at six sites
  • printer toner cartridges are now recycled at the majority of sites
  • recycling facilities for staffs' personal mobiles are permanently available at 11 sites
  • 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 19 members representing 13 sites nationally in 2013–14. Projects in 2013–14 included:
    • Earth Hour
    • a national 'Transport Challenge', where staff earned points for walking, riding etc. or using public transport to go to and from work over a two week period
    • Christmas electronic equipment shutdown drive
    • establishment of the ECN internal online national 'community' for interactive communication between members
    • an environmental management intranet page provides information on environmental issues for the courts
    • 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
      Image of the courts' Envirosmart logo
    • the Court continues to be represented as a member on the (federal) Government Agency Environmental Network; an interagency network facilitating the sharing of best practice environmental information. Its membership includes approximately 30 agencies.
Property

Fit outs 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.

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 2013–2014 the Court:

  • reviewed the environmental risk register (significant environmental aspects and impacts), and
  • collected and reported relevant energy use and emission data under the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy.

Additional ecologically sustainable development implications

In 2013–14, 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 5.8 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 Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Agency 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.

[Signed in hard copy]

Richard Foster, PSM 
Chief Executive Officer 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
15 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 2014.

Table G.1: Federal Circuit Court Committees 30 June 2014

Title

Members

Terms of Reference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee

  • Judge Willis
  • Judge Sexton
  • Judge Kelly
  • Judge Kemp
  • Judge Terry
  • Judge Coates
  • Judge Harman
  • Judge McGuire (to May 2014)
  • Judge Whelan (from May 2014)
  • Judge Harland
  • Judge Myers
  • Stewart Fenwick

How the Federal Circuit Court can improve access to justice in this Court for Indigenous litigants.

Audit and Risk Committee

  • Chris Doogan AM (external member) (chair)
  • Brian Acworth (external member – appointed in January 2014)
  • Greg Thomas (Regional Registry Manager South Australia and Northern Territory)
  • Jamie Crew, (Regional Registry Manager New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory)

Observers

  • Grahame Harriott (Executive Director Corporate and Chief Finance Officer)
  • ANAO representatives (including KPMG)
  • RSM Bird Cameron representatives
  • RSM Bird Cameron also provide secretariat services

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

Business Systems and Information Technology Committee

  • Judge Riethmuller (Chair)
  • Judge Baumann
  • Judge Jarrett
  • Judge Cameron
  • Steve Agnew (Executive Director Operations)
  • Stewart Fenwick (Director Administration)
  • Bernadette Henderson (Associate)
  • Rori Moyo (Associate)
  • Phil Hocking (Chief Information Officer)
  • Amanda Morris (Case Management Officer)

To provide a forum for the Federal Circuit Court judiciary to review the operations of the Court with respect to business systems and information technology in order to ensure the Court operates as efficiently as is reasonably possible whilst providing a high level of judicial services to litigants.

Case Management Judges Committee

Judge Baumann (National Coordinator of Case Management)

  • Judge Mead
  • Judge Spelleken
  • Judge O'Dwyer (to Aug 13)
  • Judge Riley (From Nov 13)
  • Judge Dunkley
  • Judge Kemp
  • Judge Driver
  • Judge Terry
  • Richard Foster (Chief Executive Officer)
  • Steve Agnew (Executive Director Operations)
  • Adele Byrne (Principal Registrar)
  • Stewart Fenwick (Director Administration)
  • Amanda Morris (secretariat from May 14)

To assist the Chief Judge and the National Coordinator 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 Riethmuller
  • Judge Cameron
  • Judge Whelan
  • Judge Hughes
  • Adele Byrne (Principal Registrar)
  • Steve Agnew (Executive Director Operations)

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 (Chair)
  • Judge Baumann
  • Judge Brewster
  • Judge Coker
  • Judge Emmett
  • Judge Henderson
  • Judge Jarrett
  • Judge Burchardt
  • Judge Kelly
  • Judge Riethmuller
  • Judge Whelan
  • Judge Willis
  • Richard Foster (Chief Executive Officer)
  • Steve Agnew (Executive Director Operations)
  • Adele Byrne (Principal Registrar)
  • Stewart Fenwick (Secretariat)

To provide advice to the Chief Judge in relation to the Court's overall strategies and policies for the delivery of court services.

During the year the committee was augmented by the inclusion of the chairs of the standing committees – Court Excellence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice, Business Systems and Information Technology Committee.

Research Ethics Subcommittee

  • Chief Judge Pascoe
  • Judge Baumann
  • Steve Agnew (Executive Director Operations – Secretariat)

To consider, monitor and overview all research and evaluation proposals 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 2014.

Table G.2: Joint committees, 30 June 2014

Committee

Members

Terms of reference

Access to Justice 

(comprising the Cultural Diversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Self-represented Litigants Committees)

  • Deputy Chief Justice Faulks (Chair)
  • Cultural diversity portfolio: Justice Cleary, Justice Berman, and Executive Advisor, (Leisha Lister)
  • ATSI portfolio: Justice Benjamin, Justice Bennett, Justice Cleary, Justice Forrest, Justice Tree, Justice Foster, Justice Hannam, Principal, Child Dispute Services (Pam Hemphill).
  • Self-represented litigant portfolio: Justice Le Poer Trench, Justice Forrest, Judge Scarlett.

To oversee the Court's cultural diversity plan and provide advice to the Chief Justice and Chief Executive Officer on cultural diversity issues, special needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and self-represented litigants.

Chief Executive Officer's Management Advisory Group

  • Chief Executive Officer Family Court and Federal Circuit Court (Richard Foster)
  • Executive Director, Operations, Federal Circuit Court (Steve Agnew)
  • Executive Director, Corporate and Chief Financial Officer (Grahame Harriott)
  • Principal Registrar, Family Court of Australia (Angela Filippello)
  • Principal Registrar, Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Adele Byrne)
  • Principal Child Dispute Services (Pam Hemphill)
  • Executive Director, Client Services (Stephen Andrew)
  • Regional Registry Managers (Jamie Crew, James Cotta, Jane Reynolds and Greg Thomas)
  • Chief Information Officer (Phil Hocking)
  • Executive Advisor, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court (Leisha Lister)
  • Director of Administration, Federal Circuit Court, (Stewart Fenwick)
  • Director, Court Services (Simon Kelso)
  • Director, Human Resources (Claire Golding)

To provide operational and policy advice to the Chief Executive Officer regarding key areas that are likely to be affected by the integration of the administrations of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

Children's Committee

  • Pam Hemphill, Principal, Child Dispute Services (Chair)
  • Justice Forrest
  • Justice Moncrieff (FCWA)
  • Judge Cole
  • Alex Wearne (Legal Aid NSW)
  • Mary Lonergan (Lampe Family Lawyers Melbourne

To ascertain what, if any, further work needs to be undertaken with respect to the involvement of children in parenting cases and assess whether children feel their voices have been heard in proceedings that addressed their living arrangements.

Family Violence Committee

  • Justice Ryan (Chair)
  • Justice Hannam
  • 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.

Courts information Committee

  • Justice Watts (Chair)
  • Judge Baumann
  • Executive Director Client Services (Stephen Andrew)
  • Executive Director, Operations (Steve Agnew)
  • Chief Information Officer (Phil Hocking)

To identify and describe the agreed statistical and management information needs of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court at all levels.

Information Technology

  • Phil Hocking (Chief Information Officer)
  • Deputy Chief Justice Faulks
  • Justice Macmillan
  • Judge Reithmuller
  • Judge Jarrett

To provide direction to the courts about new areas of IT development, investment and investigation by providing high level advice and making recommendations to each jurisdiction's policy advisory group about IT support needs for judicial officers within the courts.

National Consultative Committee

  • Chief Executive Officer's representative, Claire Golding, Director, Human Resources (Chair)
  • Members are selected by vote and represent:
  • National Support Office (Annie Fenn, HR consultant, NSO)
  • Associates, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court (Megan Cunnane, Cairns)
  • Registrars (Debra Parker, Canberra)
  • Client services: large registry (Chris Cole, Adelaide), and small registry (Ebony Pilon, NEC)
  • Family consultants (Louise Salmon, Sydney)
  • A representative from the Community and Public Sector Union is also invited to attend

Consultative forum for staff about issues with a national perspective, such as industrial democracy, security, the strategic objectives of the courts, 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 courts and provide feedback and briefings to the workplace nationally.

Property Management Committee

  • Justice Dawe (Chair)
  • Chief Executive Officer (Richard Foster)
  • Executive Director Corporate (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, Director, Human Resources, (Chair)
  • Registry manager representative (Brenda Field, Dandenong)
  • Child Dispute Services (Stacey McGuinness, FCC Sydney)
  • Registrars (Debra Parker, Canberra)
  • Client services (Rupal Patel, NEC)
  • Information Technology and Communications Services (Sona Muradyan, Sydney)
  • Registry services, Team Leaders (Julie Greig, Adelaide)
  • HR representative, Workforce and Policy Manager (Jane Morgan, NSO)

To identify, develop and/or develop national training and development initiatives, policies and programs.

Work Health and Safety

  • Claire Golding, Director, Human Resources, (Chair)
  • Grahame Harriott (Executive Director, Corporate)
  • Barbara Graham (Health and Safety representative)
  • Virginia McKendrick (First Aid Officer)
  • Sharon Briggs (Case Manager and Wellbeing Adviser)
  • Jane Morgan (Workforce and Policy Manager)
  • Greg Johannesen (Registry Manager)
  • Akasha Atkinson (National Property Manager)
  • Patrick Lamb (Director Procurement and Risk)
  • Lisa Wilson (Work Health and Safety Advisor and Secretariat)

 

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:

Family Law Council

The Family Law Council, established by the Attorney-General under section 115 of the Family Law Act 1975, confers with the Court in the course of its consideration of particular aspects of family law. The Court has judges appointed to the council and senior executives as observers at its meetings.

Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies was established under section 114B of the Family Law Act and is a forum for exchange of information and research.

Family Law Forum

The Chief Justice chairs the national Family Law Forum, which consists of representatives from the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court, the Family Law Council, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, National Legal Aid, the Attorney-General's Department, the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Child Support, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, non-government organisations and community legal centres. The Family Law Forum met in November 2013.

In addition to the Family Law Forum, a number of external stakeholders contribute to court direction by contributing to or being members of various court committees, for example, as members of the Court's Magellan Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee and the Family Law Courts Advisory Group. For more information on court committees, see Appendix G.

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, other government agencies was once again a priority in 2013–14.

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:

Victoria

Melbourne and Dandenong – Child Protection and Better Outcomes for Families

Collaboration and sharing of information between the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court and State and Territory child protection departments are essential in making good decisions about families and children. Where concerns about child abuse are raised in the context of family law proceedings it is possible for children to be involved in both the child protection system and the family law system.

In anticipation of the need for even greater co-ordinated and collaborative relationships between the federal family law jurisdictions and state child welfare authorities, an initiative of co-location of a child protection worker at the Melbourne registry of the Commonwealth Law Courts and Dandenong Federal Circuit Court was introduced.

The vision was that working together, with the dedicated focus of a specialist senior child protection practitioner, would ensure professional, sensitive and well-targeted responses to those children and young people who are at significant risk of harm.

To address the volume of family law related reports to Child Protection in the Southern Division, a senior regional child protection practitioner was co-located at the Dandenong Federal Circuit Court. This position primarily is responsible for registering and following up on all new reports made by the Dandenong Registry to Inner South area of the Southern Division of the Victorian Department. The position is also the decision maker in relation to the investigation of Child Protection cases including a thorough handover to the relevant team.

The state wide co-located position is based in Melbourne registry and is for a fixed term of two years until December 2014. The position is intended to provide a state wide liaison role and to guide the response to concerns for the safety and wellbeing of children in the context of family law proceedings at a broader policy level.

Anecdotal reports from judges, the Victorian Department and the registries state that this initiative is achieving the objective of ensuring exchange of relevant and timely information so that arrangements can be made to protect children at risk.

Dandenong – cultural diversity and the courts
  • Dandenong registry hosted 15 Indonesian delegates from religious and general courts, non-government organisations, disability support agencies, the University of Indonesia and the Indonesian Human Rights Commission. This delegation was made under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and the Supreme Court of Indonesia. The delegates learnt about community and state funded legal services provided at Dandenong and in particular, observed the operations of the Family Law Assistance Program which is a partnership with Monash University to provide free legal advice.
  • Dandenong registry hosted an Access and Equity Forum to inform the wider family law community about African communities within family law. The session was sponsored by the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network. Dandenong registry was chosen because the city has significant cultural diversity and is one of the Victorian migrant settlement hubs for new and emerging African communities.

Queensland

Brisbane
  • The Brisbane registry has maintained a collaborative approach with the State Magistrates Court in maximising the use of their Justice of the Peace (JP) service to the community. To assist with this process, JP presentations focus on the particular requirements for witnessing family law documents and to encourage volunteers to offer time as JP's in the registry.
  • Features of 'drop box' model:
    • all solicitors/law firm filing clerks directed to 'drop box' all material for filing solicitors/law firm filing clerks select method of return – mail, registry post box, pick up 48 hour turnaround is assured
    • no ticket taken at counter thus not waiting in counter queue, drop box cover sheets and large envelopes supplied, secure box provided – process is self-managed without necessity of intervention by client service officers
    • time created by client service officer's not having to file voluminous material on the spot can be spent filing when queue permits
    • rate of requisitions is no greater than filing on the spot or filing by other methods
  • The judicial services team leaders of both courts supervise and manage the respective associates, the Federal Circuit Court national group is chaired by the Principal Registrar, Adele Byrne, to discuss current policy and procedural issues relevant to chambers. Meetings are also attended by Steve Agnew, Executive Director of Operations
Townsville/Cairns
  • The Registry Manager, and staff representatives, 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.
  • Regular liaison with the Townsville Multi-Cultural Support Group and the Townsville Inter-cultural Centre.
  • Presentations made to JPs and commissioners for declarations at the invitation of the JP branch.
  • Judges of the Federal Circuit Court in Townsville and Cairns participated in moot courts for law students from James Cook University.

New South Wales

Newcastle
  • Child Dispute Services officers attended monthly Family Law Pathways Network meetings and were involved in presenting at and organising various activities in the Newcastle region. Of special note was the Family Law Aboriginal Roadshow as part of National Reconciliation week activities and the Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways network annual conference on 'Collaboration in the family law sector'.
  • The judges and registry officers held quarterly meetings with members of the legal profession.
  • Regular seminars were held for members of the legal profession at lunch times with judges and lawyers presenting topics.

Topics covered during 2013–14 included the following:

  • Family reports
  • a mud map of superannuation – issues from initial conference to hearing
  • Police super
  • Child support
  • spouse maintenance
  • introduction into trusts
  • Personal Property Register/Director's Penalty Notice – implications for caveats and caveatable interests.

The registry hosted students from the University of Newcastle throughout the year as part of their family law training program. The registry hosted high school students conducting mock trials throughout the year.

Sydney

Key collaborative engagements continued in 2013–14 with the following services being delivered in the Sydney registry:

  • expanded Legal Aid family law duty service
  • Legal Aid NSW court ordered mediation program
  • information and referral service (provided by the Sydney City Family Relationship Centre)
  • Women's family law support service
  • regular meetings chaired by the case management judges of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court continued to be held with family law practitioners
  • Continuing Legal Education seminars where held approximately every two months for members of the profession
  • a child dispute services representative continued to attend meetings of the Greater Sydney Families in Transition Group (Pathways), and
  • as part of the Federal Circuit Court's Reconciliation Action Plan, a morning tea was arranged with local Indigenous service providers in the legal and community sectors to begin the process of information sharing and improving visibility of these services.
Wollongong
  • Federal Circuit Judge met with the local legal profession.
  • A Child Dispute Services representative continued to attend local Pathways meetings.

South Australia/Northern Territory

Adelaide

During 2013–14 the registry has been active in developing and implementing triage practices in an effort to reduce waiting times at our filing and subpoena counters.

Other activities throughout the year included:

  • continued active involvement with stakeholder and community groups, including, Pathways, Family Relationship Centres, Children's Contact Services, Family Law Practitioners', Grandparents for Grandchildren Inc, law students from the Adelaide University, University of South Australia and the South Australian Police – call centre staff training
  • hosted the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Adelaide Hearing
  • established a relationship with the South Australian Multi Agency Protection Service. This service is a partnership between multi-agencies and lead by South Australian Police, in protecting and providing services to vulnerable people within the community
  • hosted a visit from Judge Kida, Registrar Ishihara, and Registrar Muramatsu from Japan and Professor Kent Anderson from the Adelaide University SA
  • co-presented to University South Australia law students a seminar focused on the practical application of family law, from the judicial perspective, the role of family consultants in the process and the roles of both judge and family consultant in case management
  • facilitated a hypothetical ('The voice of the child') for the South Australian Family Law Pathways annual conference. This hypothetical traced the path of a family from separation to trial, with a focus on the range of agencies involved, and examining at each stage how the voice of the child is represented
  • worked with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department in relation to the South Australian component of the pilot project 'Improving the interface between the child protection systems and the family law system'. Adelaide registry also assisted with the Notice of Risk South Australia Pilot.
  • continued quarterly meetings with representatives from the legal profession and Families SA
  • coordinated and chaired the Family Law Conference in Bali in June 2014, and
  • South Australian launch of the Federal Circuit Court's Reconciliation Action Plan.
Darwin
  • Continued active involvement with Pathways and Family Relationships Centre Consortium Group, local Indigenous Groups.
  • Quarterly meetings with representatives from the legal profession.
  • Northern Territory launch of the of the Federal Circuit Court's Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Presentations to Darwin family law practitioners (Family Law Refresher programme, Law Society of NT) in relation to the role of family consultants as case assessors and relocation matters – a research perspective, with implications for the assessment and litigation processes.
Alice Springs
  • The Federal Circuit Court judge met with the Alice Springs Family Pathways Network and legal practitioners.

Tasmania

Tasmania – Linking with Police and Community to address Family Violence

The Tasmania Family Violence Consultative Committee forum is convened biannually and includes members of the community sector, Department of Justice (Safe at Home), Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania Police and senior staff of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The forum is convened by the courts Senior Family Consultant, Ms Antonia Dunne, and is arranged in Hobart with video link to Launceston to ensure that the views of the northern part of the state are heard and taken into account.

Discussion points have included the analysis of work pre and post implementation of the family violence legislative amendments, police training and police responses to family violence.

General federal law

Adelaide
  • Presentation to the South Australian Bar Association Bar Readers Course on Bankruptcy.
  • 'Working with the Court Electronically' presentation to profession
  • Attended bankruptcy user group meetings.
Brisbane
  • eLodgment hands-on training sessions for law firms.
  • Consultation with law firms regarding eServices initiatives of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.
  • District Registrar Baldwin is a member of the Law Council of Australia Insolvency Committee (Queensland Chapter). The chapter meets monthly and reports back to the Law Council of Australia on bankruptcy matters.
Melbourne
  • Migration user group meetings attended by Federal Circuit Court judges, registrars, senior registry staff and a broad representation from the profession. Matters discussed concentrated on maintaining best case management practice and input was received from all interested parties as to how this is best achieved.
  • Met with the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (Ombudsman) with a view to ensuring the efficient case management of the Small Claims List in Melbourne, particularly in relation to assistance from the Ombudsman for litigants in the list.
  • Information sessions about upgrades to the Court's eLodgment system in preparation for the introduction of the electronic court file later in 2014. The sessions were well attended by firms.
Sydney
  • New South Wales hosted general federal law user group meetings.
Perth
  • Liaison with local Law Society Courts Committee.

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

CCH Commerce Clearing House

CLE Continuing Learning Education

FLPA Family Law Practitioners Association

IAWJ International Association of Women Judges

IARLJ International Association of Refugee Law Judges

QLS Queensland Law Society

QPILCH Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Incorporated

Judge

Conferences, presentations, papers and other activities to external organisations

Chief Judge
John Pascoe AO CVO

Professional Memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • LawAsia Family Law and Family Rights Section
  • International Association for Court Administration
  • Association of International Family Judges

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Judge Nicholas Manousaridis, appointed 1 July 2013 (ceremonial on 29 July 2013)
  • Judge Joanne Stewart, appointed 2 September 2013 (ceremonial on 25 September 2013)

Conferences

  • 14th Australian Family Lawyers' Conference, Thailand, 7–10 June 2013
  • 26th LawAsia Conference, 'Beyond the Law, Beyond the Call of Duty, Beyond Boundaries', Singapore, 27–30 October 2013
  • The International Association for Court Administration, 'Courts' Excellence in a Changing World', Dubai, 9–11 December 2013

Presentations/Papers

  • 14th Australian Family Lawyers' Conference, 'Future Challenges for the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Family Law', Thailand, 7 June 2013
  • 3rd Annual Legalwise International Family Law Conference, 'The Cost of Abuse', Sri Lanka, 19 September 2013 (by video-link)
  • Monash University Law Chambers, 'Surrogacy and adoption: Pitfalls and promises', Melbourne, 2 October 2013
  • LawAsia Siem Reap Principles Launch, 'Opening Remarks', Singapore, 23 November 2013
  • New South Wales Bar Association Annual CDP Conference, 'Recent Developments in the Federal Circuit Court', Parramatta, 22 March 2014
  • DOORS Launch, 'Opening Remarks', Sydney, 24 March 2014
  • Federal Circuit Court Reconciliation Action Plan Launch, 'Opening Remarks', Sydney, 31 March 2014
  • UNICEF International Roundtable to Support Family Violence Law Reform in China, 'Legislating against Family Violence and Child Abuse in the home: Australia's Experience', Beijing, China, 10 April 2014
  • North Queensland Law Association Conference 2014, 'Trafficking, Surrogacy and the Rights of the Child', Cairns, 16 May 2014

Facilitating

  • 26th LawAsia Conference, judging of the 8th LawAsia Moot Competition, Singapore, 28 October 2013
  • North Queensland Law Association Conference 2014, a Family Law plenary session and panel discussion, Cairns, 16 May 2014

Judge Baumann AM

Presentations

  • Queensland Bar Practice Course mooting, July 2013
  • Asian Case Management Tour, September 2013
  • Presentations to Judges of Courts in Malaysia, Colombo and Jakarta
  • Case Management Presentation to 3rd Annual Family Law Conference in Colombo, Sir Lanka, September 2013

Facilitating

  • Legal Aid Queensland, independent children's lawyers training workshops, February 2014

Judge Brewster

Professional Memberships

  • ACT Bar Association

Judge Hartnett

Conferences

  • USA Pacific Legal Conference, December 2013, New York
  • IAWJ Conference, 12th Biennial International Conference 'Justice for All', Arusha, Tanzania, May 2014

Presentations

  • 10th Family Law Conference, 'Family Law Updates, March 2014

Facilitating

  • Family Law Residential, 'Behind the Scenes', presided over mock court, Torquay, August 2013

Judge Coker

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Brigadier Judge Stuart Durward, swearing-in, Deputy Judge Advocate General – Army, Supreme Court, Townsville, May 2014

Presentations

  • North Queensland Law Association Conference, speaker, 'Grandparent Dilemma', Cairns, May 2014

Other external activities

  • Assisting with James Cook University Advocacy Course, July/August 2013
  • Family Law Pathways Network, Mackay, October 2013
  • Legal and Community Sector Forum, Townsville, December 2013
  • Introduction of Federal Circuit Court Reconciliation Action Plan to Aboriginal and Islander Community and Service providers, Townsville, June 2014

Judge Driver

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges, Vice President
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • NSW Bar Association
  • NSW Law Society

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Perry, swearing-in, 23 September 2013 (Federal Court)

Conferences

  • University of Tokyo Summer School, attended via Skype, October 2013
  • Migration Institute of Australia Annual Conference, Canberra, October 2013
  • Conference on the Impact of Migration Law and Policy, 26 October 2013
  • Launch of the Kaldor International Centre for Refugees Studies, October 2013
  • Learned Friends Conference, Kauai, Hawaii, January 2014
  • Kaldor Centre Lecture on Sri Lanka, March 2014
  • Law Council Migration Conference, March 2014
  • Meeting with Japanese academics, March 2014
  • Prato Refugees Conference, May 2014

Presentations/Papers

  • Presentation, 'The regime for refugee status determination in Australia', January 2014, Learned Friends Conference, Kauai, January 2014
  • Paper, 'The regime for refugee status determination in Australia', January 2014

Facilitating

  • Meeting with Law Council, July 2013
  • Whitmore Lecture, August 2013
  • Non migration users group meeting, August 2013
  • Hosted Bangladeshi Judges, August 2013
  • Meeting with Japanese academic, Yukari Ando, October 2013
  • Meeting with Japanese academics, November 2013
  • University of NSW Asylum seeks lecture, December 2013
  • Meeting with Dubbo Law Society, February 2014

Judge Roberts

Professional Memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers

Conferences

  • Tasmanian Independent Children's Lawyers, May 2014
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania, May 2014

Other external activities

  • Independent Children's Lawyers, Launceston, February 2014
  • Regular informal meetings throughout the year with the President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania

Judge Phipps

Presentations

  • Presentation to staff of the Department of Human Services, 'Child Protection', Dandenong, May 2014
  • Monash University Law Students, Family Law Assistance Program

Judge Brown

Papers

  • 'Spousal Maintenance', Law Society of South Australia, February 2014

Judge Coakes

Conferences

  • Banter with the Bench, October 2013

Presentations

  • Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways Group, guest speaker, 'Assistance to Self-Represented Litigants', November 2013
  • Learned Friends Conference, Speaker on Contemporary problems, Family Law matters including self reps, grandparents, young lawyers and costs, Hawaii, January 2014
  • Legal Aid Child Representative Conference, guest speaker in debate 'Is Croc a Croc?', March 2014

Facilitating

  • Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Conference Cypress Lakes, Chairing session with Watts J and Aldridge J , 'Latest & Greatest', October 2013
  • Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Newcastle lunch time lecture series
  • Family Law Intensive, Chairing Interactive session, 'Preparation of Property cases', Adelaide, November 2013

Judge Jarrett

Professional Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

Facilitating

  • Advisor to Queensland University of Technology Oxford Intellectual Property Moot Team, March 2014
  • Briefing, Bar Practice Course, Queensland University of Technology, July 2013 and February 2014
  • Mock hearing courts, Bar Practice Course, Queensland University of Technology, February 2014
  • Co-coordinator for Federal Circuit Court, Queensland University of Technology Internship Program, Brisbane, July 2013 – June 2014

Other external activities

  • Court Excellence Judicial Committee
  • Federal Circuit Court Business Processes and Information Technology Committee
  • Editor, Reports, Queensland Lawyer, Thomson Reuters

Judge Riethmuller

Professional Memberships

  • Law Council of Australia, Family Law Section
  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences

  • Leo Cussen Family Law Conference, Melbourne, September 2013
  • Court Technology Conference 2013, Baltimore, USA, September 2013
  • Law via the Internet Conference 2013, Jersey, Channel Islands, September 2013
  • Trusts Law Conference, Melbourne, December 2013

Other external activities

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

Judge Lloyd-Jones

Professional Memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges
  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.
  • NSW Bar Association
  • Honorary Judicial Member, NSW Law Society

Other external activities

  • Chairman, Advisory Board to the Centre of Media and Communications Law, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne

Judge Sexton

Professional Memberships

  • Women Lawyers Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, member of the Australian and International Chapters
  • International Women Judges Association, member of the Australian and International Chapters

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Fowler, retirement, November 2014 (Family Court)

Conferences

  • 3rd Annual Legalwise International Family Law Conference, Sri Lanka, September 2013
  • University of Melbourne Roundtable Conference on Part VII of the Family Law Act, August 2013

Presentations

  • 'Understanding Family Dispute Resolution', presented at the University of Technology, August 2013
  • 'Children's Issues in Family Law: Latest and Greatest Parenting in Cases – Relocation matters', presented at the 3rd Annual Legalwise International Family Law Conference, Sri Lanka, September 2013
  • Presentation to Federal Circuit Court Child Dispute Services Staff, 2013.
  • Federal Circuit Court, Reconciliation Week Morning Tea Address, Sydney Registry, May 2014

Facilitating

  • Facilitating, Federal Circuit Court's monthly Continuing Legal Education Seminars, during 2013–2014

Other external activities

  • Committee member, Law Society of NSW Family Issues Committee
  • Committee member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Australian Chapter
  • Committee member, Federal Circuit Court Indigenous Access Committee
  • Chairperson, Federal Circuit Court Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Aboriginal Competence training at Legal Aid NSW, mid 2013
  • Aboriginal Cultural Training at the Federal Circuit Court by Stephen Ralph, February 2014
  • A number of external meetings with members of the Aboriginal Community outside the Court, 2013–2014

Judge Lapthorn

Professional Memberships

  • Family Law Council of Australia
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • New South Wales Bar Association

Conferences

  • International Family Law Conference Metropolitan University of London, London, July 2013
  • Learned Friends Conference, Boston, New York, September 2013

Presentations

  • The Downs and Southwest Law Association, Family Law Practitioners Seminar, Toowoomba, October 2013
  • Child Representation Conference, Newcastle, March 2014
  • Queensland Law Society's Annual Symposium 2014, Brisbane, March 2014

Facilitating

  • Chair session, Queensland Law Society and the Family Law Practitioners', Association of Queensland Residential, Gold Coast, July 2013

Judge Henderson

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Collier, swearing out ceremony, Family Court of Australia, Parramatta, July 2013

Professional Memberships

  • NSW Bar Association

Conferences

  • Law Asia Bhutan Legal Conference, Bhutan, March 2014

Presentations

  • Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network, Presentation: 'A multi-disciplinary approach – celebrating relationships', Albury, November 2013
  • Law Asia Bhutan Legal Conference, 'Judicial Independence in Australia', Bhutan, April 2014

Other external activities

  • Policy and Advisory Committee

Judge Hughes

Other external activities

  • Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee
  • Collaborative project of the North Melbourne Legal Centre and the Royal Women's Hospital, 'Acting on the Warning Signs'
  • Family Law Advisory Committee to the NSW College of Law

Judge Burchardt

Professional Memberships

  • Association of International Refugee Law Judges
  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

Presentations

  • Independent Children's Lawyer Training Program, 'Independent Children's Lawyer', Melbourne, August 2013

Conferences

  • Asian Society of International Law – 4th Biennial Conference, India, November 2013

Other external activities

  • Seminar, IARLJ, Australasia Chapter, Judge Judith Gleeson, Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) of the United Kingdom regarding Sri Lanka, Melbourne, March 2014
  • Committee, Court Excellence Judicial Committee July, September 2013, 24 January, 5 March, 26 March, 14 April and 26 May 2014
  • Committee, Law Institute of Victoria Courts Practice Committee Meeting, Melbourne, July 2013
  • Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, Sydney, September 2013, Melbourne, May 2014
  • Committee, Case Management Judges Meeting, Sydney, May 2014
  • Committee, Migration User Group Committee meeting with external stakeholders, May 2014
  • Committee, Harmonised Bankruptcy Rules Monitoring Committee, August 2013

Judge O'Sullivan

Conferences

  • The 6th International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, International Organization for Judicial Training and the National Center for State Courts, Washington, DC, November 2013

Judge Halligan

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Institute for Judicial Administration

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Collier, swearing out ceremony, July 2013 (Family Court)
  • Justice Foster, appointment, August 2013 (Family Court)
  • Justice Hannam, appointment, August 2013 (Family Court)

Judge Lucev

Professional Memberships

  • Western Australia Bar Association, Honorary Judicial Member

Presentations

  • Unions WA Industrial Officer Network, 'Advocacy for industrial officers', September 2013
  • Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association 22nd Annual Conference, 'New Swords and Old Shields – liability for negligent teaching', Hobart, October 2013

Conferences

  • Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association 22nd Annual Conference, Hobart, October 2013

Papers

  • Contributing author, Thomson Reuters, Federal Circuit Court Guidebook
  • Contributing author, Law Continuing Professional Development

Judge Cameron

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Honorary Judicial Member, NSW Law Society
  • International Bar Association

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Gleeson, 22 April 2014 (Federal Court of Australia)

Conferences

  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA, October 2013

Facilitating

  • Mock Trial Judge, Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, National Institute of Forensic Science, Provision of Expert Evidence workshop, May 2014

Judge Altobelli

Professional Memberships

  • Judicial Member, Law Society of NSW
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Family Issues Committee, Law Society of NSW
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Presentations/Papers

  • University of Western Sydney Awards Night, Occasional Address, July 2013
  • Queensland FLPA Family Law Residential, Queensland, 'Deciding high conflict parenting cases, July 2014
  • Family Law Intensive, 'Ethics on parenting cases; Lasting impressions: What do Judicial Officers expect?', Adelaide, November 2013
  • Illawarra Family Law Pathways seminar, 'A judicial approach to evidence in family violence cases', Wollongong, February 2014
  • NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Committee CLE, 'Nightmare on Family Law Street', Sydney, March 2014
  • South Coast Family Law Pathways seminar, 'Q and A: An interactive session with family law professionals', Nowra, March 2014
  • Greater Sydney Families in Transition Pathways seminar, 'A judicial perspective on deciding alienation cases', March 2014
  • Macarthur Women's Legal Expo, Law Week, 'Family Violence', Campbelltown, May 2014
  • Northern Rivers Family Law Pathways Seminar, Latest research on overnights and shared care, Taree, May 2014
  • Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways Conference, 'Confidentiality of Family Dispute Resolution', Newcastle, June 2014
  • Paper – Dr Tom Altobelli and Hon. Diana Bryant, 'Has confidentiality in family dispute resolution reached its use-by date?' in Alan Hayes and Daryl Higgins (eds), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2014)

Other external activities

  • Member, Editorial Boards, Australian Journal of Family Law, Australasian Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • Programs Advisory Committee, National Judicial College of Australia
  • Family Violence Committee, Joint Family Law Courts

Judge Burnett

Professional Memberships

  • Insolvency Practitioners Association
  • Judicial Conference of Australia Australian Chapter
  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges
  • International Bar Association
  • Queensland Bar Association

Conferences

  • Australian Bar Association Conference, Rome, July 2013

Presentations

  • Paper delivered to Judge Advocate General's Conference, 'Do we need a Ch III Military Court?', HMAS Creswell, October 2013

Facilitating

  • Chair, International and Humanitarian Seminar Queensland Bar Association, October 2013

Other external activities

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

Judge Coates

Professional Memberships

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Presentations

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services annual conference, Address on 'Family law initiatives by the Federal Circuit Court', Brisbane, March 2014

Conferences

  • Indigenous Resource Project Launch, Brisbane, August 2013
  • Federal Circuit Court Continuing Professional Development, Wollongong, August 2013
  • Fraser Coast Association Conference, Bundaberg, October 2013
  • Family Law Residential Planning Committee meeting, Brisbane, November 2013
  • Indigenous Conference, Parramatta, organised by the Federal Circuit Court, November 2013
  • Queensland University of Technology Mock Hearings, Brisbane, February 2014
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Conference, Sydney, March 2014

Other external activities

  • Hosted, Reconciliation Action Plan for Reconciliation Week, Brisbane, May 2014
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee
  • National Indigenous Justice Committee, Queensland

Judge Kelly

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Women Lawyers Association
  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • National Judicial College of Australia, Indigenous Justice Committee
  • Australian Association of Judicial Administration

Presentations

  • South Australian launch of the Federal Circuit Court Reconciliation Action Plan, Adelaide Registry, May 2014
  • Far West Launch of the Federal Circuit Court Reconciliation Actin Plan, during the Broken Hill Circuit, June 2014

Conferences

  • IAWJ Conference, 12th Biennial International Conference: 'Justice for All', Arusha, Tanzania, May 2014

Judge Terry

Presentations

  • Law School of Newcastle presentation to students, October 2013
  • Child Representation Conference, Newcastle, March 2014
  • Lunchtime Lecture for Practitioners, Newcastle, March 2014

Judge Simpson

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Honorary Member Law Society of South Australia
  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Berman, swearing-in, 26 July 2013 (Family Court)
  • Justice Lander, retirement, 29 August 2013 (Federal Court)
  • Justice White, swearing-in, 2 September 2013 (Federal Court)

Conferences

  • Judicial development day, South Australian State Judicial Officers, November 2013

Presentations/Papers

  • Public Sector Lawyers Conference, panel member for 'Ethics for Lawyers', March 2014

Judge Howard

Professional Memberships

  • Bar Association of Queensland, Judicial Member
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • LawAsia Governing Council
  • Judicial Section LawAsia, member of the Co-ordinating Committee
  • Chair, Executive Committee, the Law Alumni Queensland University of Technology

Conferences

  • LawAsia Conference, Singapore, 27–30 October 2013.
  • AIJA Conference 'Timeliness in the Justice System: Ideas and Innovations', May 2014

Presentations/Papers

  • Paper prepared on behalf of the Judges of the State Courts of Singapore, 'The Inquisitorial Nature of Proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia', November 2013

Judge Purdon-Sully

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Opening of the Law Year Church Service, July 2013
  • Swearing in of Mr Darryl Rangiah QC as Judge to the Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane, August 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc.
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Australian Academy of Law

Conferences

  • 2014 International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers USA and Canadian Chapter Meeting, May 2014

Presentations/Papers

  • Attendance at the Honourable Paul de jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland launch of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Profiles: a Resource for the Courts, 2 August 201
  • Attendance at the King and Wood Mallesons & Australian Red Cross 'Humanitarian Law Perspectives' 2013, 6 August 2013
  • 2013 Annual Leneen Forde Public Address, 'Child Protection at the crossroads – where to from here?' Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland Limited, 10 September 2013
  • Hosting of Lunch time Collaborative Practice Presentation with Hopgood Ganim Lawyers and Rice Naughton Buckley Lawyers, 10 September 2013
  • Attendance at the Australian Academy of Law, Justice Keane lecture 'The Public/Private Divide; and its implications for the extent of judicial intervention in civil disputes', September 2013
  • Paper, speaker of 'latest and greatest cases of the Federal Circuit Court' and attendee at the North Queensland Law Association, May 2014.

Other external activities

  • Member, Committee of AAWJ
  • Meetings as Member, Humanitarian Sub-Committee AAWJ
  • Meetings as Member, Supreme Court of Queensland Library Selections Committee
  • Meetings as Member, Women in Cricket Committee, Queensland Cricket
  • Bar Practice Course Management Committee, Justice John Dowsett AM address on 'Lawyers and Legislation', July 2013
  • FLPA welcome drinks for the appointment of Justice Tree, July 2013
  • QPILCH Red Wine for Justice, August 2013
  • Gold Coast Family Law Pathways Network Information Expo, invited guest, Gold Coast, September 2013
  • Queensland University of Technology Legal Clinic Project presentation, October 2013
  • Toowoomba Ladies in Family Law Long Luncheon, October 2013
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, Queensland Local Committee Annual Judges Dinner, November 2013
  • Supreme Court Breakfast, White Ribbon Day, November 2013
  • AIJA Seminar on Restorative Justice Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System for Certain Kinds of Sex Assault Cases, November 2013
  • Queensland Collaborative Law dinner, November 2013
  • Attendance at Women Barristers of QLD hosting drinks to 'acknowledge the generosity of the Women Judicial Officers of Queensland in hosting drinks last year', March 2014
  • Attendance at the launch of the Federal Courts self-representation service, hosted by QPILCH, April 2014

Judge Cassidy

Professional Memberships

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Women Lawyers Association of Queensland
  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences

  • Judicial Conference of Australia Colloquium 2013, Sydney, October 2013
  • The Toowoomba Female Family Lawyers Lunch, Toowoomba, October 2013
  • Chair of Stream 2c, 'Disclosure in Family Law Cases', QLS & FLPA Family Law Residential, Gold Coast, July 2013

Presentations

  • 'Practical Issues with Spousal Maintenance Applications', Stream 1c, QLS & FLPA Family Law Residential 2013, Gold Coast, July 2013.
  • 'Practical Issues with Spousal Maintenance Applications' Queensland University of Technology Law School Masters Lecture, Brisbane, October 2013.
  • 'Domestic Violence in Children's Matters Under the Family Law Act', the Keith Slack Memorial Big Day Out for Independent Children Lawyer's 'Raising the Bar Together' Training Day, Brisbane, February 2014
  • 'Practical Issues with Spousal Maintenance Applications', the 2014 North Queensland Law Association Conference, Cairns, May 2014

Judge Bender

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • International Association of Women Judges

Presentations

  • Court Network's Victorian Annual Conference 2013, 'Justice is as justice does', Melbourne, November 2013
  • Victorian Family Consultants, 'Evidence in Court and Managing Cross-Examination' circa early 2014

Other external activities

  • Reference Group for the Network 'Responding to the Increased Support Needs of Unrepresented Litigants Project'

Judge Demack

Professional Memberships

  • Association of International Family Judges

Conferences

  • FLPA Conference, July 2013
  • Queensland Law Society Symposium, March 2014

Presentations

  • Capricornia Police District Domestic Violence Forum, Rockhampton, February 2014

Other external activities

  • FLPA of Queensland celebrating the appointment of Justice Tree, July 2013
  • Seldon Society Luncheon, August 2013
  • Launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Profiles: a Resource for the Courts, August 2013
  • Swearing in of Justice Darryl Rangiah of the Federal Court of Australia, August 2013
  • Child Dispute Services presentation, Dr Michael Dubney 'DSM-V: What changes will bring? Part 1: Adults', August 2013
  • Discussion on Human Rights of Imprisoned Women, hosted by The Australia Association of Women Judges and Sisters Inside Inc., August 2013
  • Red Wine for Justice Function, August 2013
  • Toowoomba Female Family Lawyers Function, October 2013
  • Opening address: Important fundamentals of family law matters in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, QLD Law Society course essentials, 'Separations, Settlements and Spousal Maintenance, November 2013
  • Launch of the Federal Courts Self Representation Service, April 2014

Judge Walker

Professional Memberships

  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of NSW
  • LawAsia

Conferences

  • IAWJ Conference, 12th Biennial International Conference: 'Justice for All', Arusha, Tanzania, May 2014

Presentations

  • 'Parenting Capacity and Special Needs issues', presented at Legal Aid NSW Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners' Panel Presentation, November 2013, Sydney

Judge McGuire

Conferences

  • 3rd Annual International Family Law Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 2013
  • Evaluating Child Sex Abuse Allegations in Family Violence, Commonwealth Law Courts Building, Melbourne, April 2014

Presentations

  • Family Law Hypothetical Seminar, 'Preparation of trials in the Federal Circuit Court', Shepparton, Victoria, November 2013
  • Family Law Case Preparation Workshop, 'Preparation of trials in the Federal Circuit Court', Victoria University, Melbourne, March 2014

Judge Dunkley

Professional Memberships

  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia

Conferences

  • 3rd Annual International Family Law Conference, Sri Lanka, September 2013
  • Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Monterey California, March 2014

Presentations

  • Central West Pathways group, 'Current trends in Family Law', Orange, New South Wales, April 2014
  • North Queensland Law Association Conference, 'Can Children Benefit from Digital Communication with Parents?', Cairns, Queensland, May 2014
  • Northern Territory Law Society Conference, 'Presentation on Legal Ethics in Family Law Proceedings', Darwin, Northern Territory, January 2014

Judge Baker

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators, Board Member

Presentations

  • Presentation to College of Law, Legal Practice students, April 2014
  • Presentation to Ladies in Law Breakfast, August 2013

Other external activities

  • University of Tasmania, Moot Court, Presiding over interim hearings for Legal Practice, May 2014

Judge Willis

Ceremonial Sittings

  • Justice Fryberg, retirement (Supreme Court Qld)
  • Christmas Greetings, Cairns, Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian and International Association of Women's Judges
  • The Association of International Family Judges
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Bar Association of Queensland, Associate member
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association Queensland

Facilitating

  • North Queensland Law Association Conference, Chaired Federal Circuit Court of Australia panel discussion, Cairns, May 2014

Conferences

  • AIJA Indigenous Justice Conference, Adelaide, July 2013

Presentations/Papers

  • QLS, Far North Queensland Symposium; Judge Willis was involved in a panel discussion with Justice North and two members of the profession examining various Ethical obligations of lawyers, November 2013
  • FLPA conducted a CLE with FLPA Cairns, Best Practice Guidelines, Cairns, February 2014

Papers

  • Family Law and Practice Advocacy Conference, Law Society of Northern Territory, Darwin, January 2014, presented papers: 'From the first interview to trial – the Response', 'From the first interview to trial – the second Court appearance' and 'Ethics'

Other external activities

  • Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee
  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia, official launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Redfern, March 2014
  • Held Reconciliation Week event, Cairns Registry, June 2014
  • Attended Reconciliation week event in Brisbane, June 2014
  • Family Law Council of Australia, guest speaker to the meeting, June 2014

Judge Whelan

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • Industrial Relations Society
  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Judicial Conference of Australia Inc.

Conferences

  • Koori Twilight, 'The Impact of the Koori Courts', Melbourne, June 2014

Presentations

  • Australian Council of Trade Unions Seminar, 'Fair Work Applications in the Federal Circuit Court', Melbourne, March 2014
  • Workplace Forum, 'Risks and Issues with Incorrectly Engaging Employees as Contractors', Sunshine Coast, March 2014

Judge Harman

Professional Memberships

  • Court's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee
  • Court's Welfare Agency Liaison Committee
  • American Bar Association, US
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, US
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, US

Conferences

  • Timeliness in Litigation Conference, Melbourne, May 2014

Presentations/Papers

  • Albury Wodonga Family Pathways NAIDOC Week Breakfast Address, July 2013
  • Legal Aid New South Wales, 'Difference and Diversity', August 2013
  • Toongabbie Legal Centre, 'Family violence allegations in parenting proceedings', November 2013
  • Albury Wodonga Family Pathways, breakfast presentation, February 2014
  • Wagga Wagga Family Pathways presentation, 'Indigenous Issues in Family Law', March 2014
  • Extended Training Workshops, Aboriginal Legal Service Family Law Solicitors, April 2014
  • Albury Wodonga Family Pathways presentation, May 2014
  • Sydney University, Indigenous Issues in Family Law', May 2014
  • Presentation AFCC Conference Toronto, Canada, May 2014
  • Albury Wodonga Family Pathways presentation, June 2014
  • Paper, 'The power of confession: Mandatory reporting, confession and the Evidence Act', Alternative Law Journal, volume 38 issue 4, January 2013

Other external activities

  • Award, 'Human Rights Commission Awards nomination' for Law and Justice Category, September 2013
  • Indigenous Mentoring Meeting for Sydney University Indigenous Law Students, November 2013
  • Parramatta Registry Harmony Day Lunch, March 2014
  • Sydney University Mentoring Program, May 2014
  • Reconciliation Action Week Event Parramatta, May 2014

Judge L. Turner

Conferences

  • FLPA Keith Slack Memorial 'Big Day Out for Independent Children's Lawyers', Brisbane, February 2014
  • Bali Family Law Conference, 'Law on the Lounge XIII', Bali, June 2014

Presentations

  • Questions from the Floor at Toowoomba Female Family Lawyers Luncheon, Toowoomba, October 2013
  • FLPA Keith Slack Memorial 'Big Day Out for Independent Children's Lawyers', Brisbane, February 2014
  • Queensland Bar Association Mock Trials, Moot Session, Brisbane, February 2014
  • Bali Family Law Conference, 'Law on the Lounge XIII', Bali, June 2014

Judge Myers

Professional Memberships

  • CentaCare Advisory Council
  • Central Coast Family Law Pathways Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair of Aboriginal Family Law Pathways Network
  • Member of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  • Member Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

Conferences

  • Eighth Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference, Alice Springs, October 2013
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Conference, New York, May 2014

Presentations

  • New England North West Family Law Pathways, Tamworth, June 2013
  • Northern Rivers Family Law Pathways Network, Lismore, September 2013
  • The Removal of Aboriginal Children in Australia into State Care, 'An Attempt at Change – The Work of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Towards Reconciliation', New York, May 2014

Judge Manousaridis

Professional Memberships

  • NSW Bar Association

Conferences

  • National Judicial Orientation Program, June 2014

Other external activities

  • Lecturer in Civil Procedure, May 2014
  • Lecturer in Evidence Law July, October 2013

Judge Stewart

Presentations

  • Sydney Family Law Intensive, April 2014
  • Melbourne Family Law Intensive, May 2014
  • Law on the Lounge, Bali, June 2014
  • Panel Member: Family Law Conference, Bali, June 2014

Appendix J: Court locations

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

CANBERRA

NEW SOUTH WALES

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

NORTHERN TERRITORY

DARWIN
Circuits to: Alice Springs

QUEENSLAND

BRISBANE, CAIRNS, TOWNSVI LLE
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, Moe, Shepparton, Warrnambool

 

Court locationsCOURT LOCATIONS
CircuitsCIRCUITS
 

Court locations

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

Westpoint Building, 
Cnr Railway Terrace and Stott Terrace, 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 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