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Fees

Court Fees from 12 August 2015

To file certain applications, subpoenas and for some hearings, fees must be paid to the court. The details of the fees applicable from 12 August 2015 are set out in the tables below.

Please note that the biennial fee increase which is effective from 1 July 2016 is set out in the new tables below the current fee tables.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment of court fees can be made at the Registry counter by:

  • cash;
  • cheque or postal/money order made payable to "The Family Court of WA"; and
  • EFTPOS debit card, Mastercard and Visacard.

Payment of court fees can be made by post by:

  • cheque or postal/money order payable to "The Family Court of WA"; and
  • Mastercard and Visacard (please complete credit card payment authority - see downloads)

NEW ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY FOR HEARING FEES

Payment of fees for conciliation conferences, setting down trial fees and additional trial days (to be held from 1 July 2015 onwards) can also be made online via the eService payment gateway at https://eservices.comcourts.gov.au/payments/new .  To use this service you will need the payment ID (PID) number from the top left of your outstanding hearing fee statement letter.  If you have any queries about your PID number please phone our Call Centre on 08 9224 8399.

FEE EXEMPTION AND REDUCTION

In some cases, fees do not have to be paid. For instance, if you hold certain government concession cards you can apply for an exemption or reduced fee*. In cases of financial hardship you can also apply for an exemption or reduced fee*. Please see downloads panel on this page.

* Reduced fees apply to application filing fees for divorce and nullity.

Table of Court Fees - Effective 12 August 2015

Application Filing Fees
Application for divorce $845
*reduced fee $280
Application for nullity $1,195
*reduced fee $395
Application for declaration as to validity $1,195
Application for final orders - parenting $320
Application for final orders - financial $320
Application for final orders - parenting and financial $530
Amended Application and Amended Response (parenting and financial) $320
Response to application for final orders $320
Application for Interim Orders in Initiating Application or Case Application (parenting or financial) $110
Application for consent orders $155
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above except where reduced fees are specified $NIL

 

Setting Down and Hearing Fees

Conciliation Conference Listing Fee $370
Setting down for hearing fee - case listed before a Judge
(non-refundable)
$805
Setting down for hearing fee - case listed before a Magistrate
(non-refundable)
$590

Daily hearing fee for defended proceedings - case listed before a Judge
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)

$805 per day
or part thereof

Daily hearing fee for defended proceedings - case listed before a Magistrate
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)

$590 per day
or part thereof
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above $NIL

 

Appeal Fees
Setting down fee for notice of appeal from a Magistrates Court $805
Hearing fee for an appeal from a Magistrates Court
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)
$805 per day
or part thereof
Form 20 - Notice of Appeal to the Full Court of the
Family Court of Australia from orders made by a
Judge or Family Law Magistrate
$1,270
Form 21 - Application for leave to appeal to the Full Court of the
Family Court of Australia
$1,270
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above $NIL

 

Subpoena Filing Fee
Filing of subpoena (full fee) $55
Filing of subpoena (exemption) $NIL

 

Table of Court Fees - Effective 1 July 2016

Application Filing Fees - Effective 1 July 2016
Application for divorce $865
*reduced fee $290
Application for nullity $1,225
*reduced fee $410
Application for declaration as to validity $1,225
Application for final orders - parenting $330
Application for final orders - financial $330
Application for final orders - parenting and financial $545
Amended Application and Amended Response (parenting and financial) $330
Response to application for final orders $330
Application for Interim Orders in Initiating Application or Case Application (parenting or financial) $115
Application for consent orders $160
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above except where reduced fees are specified $NIL

 

Setting Down and Hearing Fees - Effective 1 July 2016

Conciliation Conference Listing Fee $380
Setting down for hearing fee - case listed before a Judge
(non-refundable)
$825
Setting down for hearing fee - case listed before a Magistrate
(non-refundable)
$605

Daily hearing fee for defended proceedings - case listed before a Judge
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)

$825 per day
or part thereof

Daily hearing fee for defended proceedings - case listed before a Magistrate
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)

$605 per day
or part thereof
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above $NIL

 

Appeal Fees - Effective 1 July 2016
Setting down fee for notice of appeal from a Magistrates Court $825
Hearing fee for an appeal from a Magistrates Court
(for each day, excluding the first hearing day)
$825 per day
or part thereof
Form 20 - Notice of Appeal to the Full Court of the
Family Court of Australia from orders made by a
Judge or Family Law Magistrate
$1,305
Form 21 - Application for leave to appeal to the Full Court of the
Family Court of Australia
$1,305
EXEMPTION of fees applies to all of the above $NIL

 

Subpoena Filing Fee - Effective 1 July 2016
Filing of subpoena (full fee) $55
Filing of subpoena (exemption) $NIL

 

Exemption from Payment of Court Fees

If you are the holder of certain concession cards or you are experiencing financial hardship, you may apply for an exemption from payment for all court fees listed in the fee tables above (except for divorce and nullity applications).

The guidelines and forms for applying for a fees exemption are available from the downloads below.

Reduction of Court Fees - Divorce and Nullity

If you are the holder of certain concession cards or you are experiencing financial hardship, you may apply for a reduction of filing fees for divorce and nullity applications.

The guidelines and forms for applying for a fees reduction are available from the downloads below.

If you want to know more, or are unsure about fees, contact a Customer Service Officer at the Family Court of WA on 08 9224 8222 or free call from country areas 1800 199 228.

Last updated: 23-Jun-2016

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