The Australian Law Reform Commission is gearing up for the first procedural review of Australia’s modern family law system in its entirety.

The review was set in motion in September 2017 when the Terms of Reference, detailing the aims and requirements of the review, were released.

Then Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, cited ‘profound social changes and changes to the needs of families in Australia over the past 40 years’ as among the driving forces for the review.

The process is designed to be broad and unflinching. Everything from the avenues of protection for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, to the cost of family law disputes, are set to be scrutinised and possibly reformed.

The timeline for the review has been announced with the Issues Paper due to be released in March 2018, before consultations and discussions with affected individuals and communities groups over the following months.

The completed report is due to be disclosed to the Attorney-General on the 31st of March 2019.

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Lucy Urach

Lucy Urach

Family Lawyer