Family Law Amendment Bill 2023

Closed 27 Feb 2023

Opened 30 Jan 2023

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The Australian Government wants to make sure the best interests of children are prioritised and placed at the centre of the family law system. The release of the draft Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 (the exposure draft) is an opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the proposed amendments that aim to achieve this outcome. The Bill will primarily amend the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (Family Law Act), with some consequential amendments to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 (Cth) (FCFCOA Act).

Progress of Family Law Amendment Bill

The Family Law Amendment Bill (the Bill) was read for a third time and passed in the House of Representatives on 11 May 2023. You can find updates on the progress of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023, the text of the Bill, the explanatory memorandum and all speeches here.

The Bill was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry on 11 May 2023. The committee is scheduled to provide its report by 24 August 2023. The committee is accepting submissions from individuals and organisations as part of its inquiry until 23 June 2023.

Find out more about making a submission.

Download the exposure draft

The exposure draft proposes a first tranche of legislative reform addressing the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Final Report No. 135: Family Law for the Future - An Inquiry into the Family Law System (ALRC report). It also implements elements of the Government Response to the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System (Joint Select Committee).

The exposure draft also includes other amendments to clarify various aspects of family law and better support the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’s new approach to case management.

The exposure draft contains 8 schedules that thematically present the proposed amendments. These are:

  1. Schedule 1: Amendments to the framework for making parenting orders
  2. Schedule 2: Enforcement of child-related orders
  3. Schedule 3: Definition of 'member of the family' and 'relative'
  4. Schedule 4: Independent Children’s Lawyers
  5. Schedule 5: Case management and procedure
  6. Schedule 6: Protecting sensitive information
  7. Schedule 7: Communications of details of family law proceedings
  8. Schedule 8: Establishing regulatory schemes for family law professionals

Please note the exposure draft may not necessarily reflect the scope of the final Bill that the Australian Government introduces to the Parliament following this consultation process.

Download our consultation paper

We have prepared a consultation paper to explain the exposure draft and seek stakeholder views on key issues. It provides information on the amendments within each schedule of the exposure draft and the policies that they seek to implement. We strongly encourage you to download, read and refer to this paper in conjunction with the exposure draft in preparing your feedback.

Download our fact sheet and FAQs

For members of the public who wish to read a short overview of the Bill, but may not wish to engage with the level of detail in the consultation materials, a fact sheet and FAQ document is available for download.

Download our information slides

We have prepared information slides to provide a summary of each measure in the exposure draft.

Note: the contents of the information slides are summaries only and should not be solely relied on. You should read the slides in conjunction with the consultation paper and exposure draft in preparing your feedback.

Why your views matter

The Australian Government appreciates the time and effort involved in considering draft legislation. Your feedback and perspectives are invaluable to ensuring the effective operation of the proposed reforms.

Have your say

We invite submissions in response to the wording of the proposed amendments and, in particular, to the specific consultation questions set out in this paper.

To make a submission, you can complete our online questionnaire on areas that are of interest to you or upload your submission as an attachment. Click 'Make a submission' below to get started.

We intend to publish submissions, where we receive permission to do so. However, we reserve the right to leave unpublished any submission, or part thereof, particularly those that provide identifying details, and may be in breach of s 121(1) of the Family Law Act. This section of the Family Law Act prohibits publishing specific details of family law proceedings.

We may redact certain elements of submissions before they are published, as appropriate.

Submissions close on 27 February 2023.

If you are unable to provide feedback via the Consultation Hub, you can email your written feedback to

Please indicate whether you consent for your submission to be published (either under your name or anonymously) or not. If needed for accessibility reasons, you can email us about providing a submission in an alternative format.

Submissions may be subject to freedom of information requests, or requests from Parliament. We will consider and respond to such requests in line with regulatory requirements.

Contact us

Family Law Reform
Attorney-General's Department
3–5 National Circuit


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