Improving the competency and accountability of family report writers

Closed 17 Dec 2021

Opened 22 Oct 2021

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We have now published submissions for this consultation.

Family report writers play an essential role in family law parenting matters before the family law courts.

Family report writers are primarily from the professions of social work, psychology or psychiatry. They prepare reports that provide information and recommendations about parenting arrangements following separation that are in the best interests of the child or children.

They also play an important role in obtaining and representing children's views to the court. The parties involved, their legal representatives, and judges consider family reports when resolving parenting disputes.

Reports and public inquiries have raised concerns about the quality of family reports and some of the professionals involved in preparing the reports. This includes:

A consultation paper was published by the department to explore options to improve the competency, quality and overall number of professionals involved in writing family reports.

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The consultation paper - Improving the competency and accountability of family report writers wasprepared to provide information and identify matters that are important for the government’s consideration of this issue.

Contact us

Family Report Writers
Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit


  • Government
  • Family