Family Court of Western Australia

News & Media Releases

Practice Direction 2 of 2020 - Fee Forms


Practice Direction 2 of 2020 has issued in relation to the approval of a number of forms relating to fees that have had minor modifications.

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PD 1 of 2020 - Mandatory eLodgment by Lawyers


The Family Court of Western Australia’s overall digital strategy includes a phased approach leading to a digital Court file. The first phase includes the mandatory eLodging by lawyers of all documents that can be eLodged via the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

As from 1 September 2020, all documents that can be eLodged via the Commonwealth Courts Portal must be eLodged, if they are lodged by a lawyer.

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Public Notice (6): COVID-19 (30 June 2020)


This public notice replaces all previous public notices issued in relation to COVID-19 and the directions contained in the notice in relation to the business of the Family Court of Western Australia are effective immediately. Download Family Court of Western Australia - Public Notice (6) - Covid-19

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Public Notice - Safety in the Workplace


The heads of Courts and Tribunals jurisdictions in Western Australia have issued a public notice about safety in the workplace in relation to sexual harassment issues.

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Update on Registry Services


All front counter services remain temporarily suspended until further notice. Family Court of Western Australia - Public Notice (5) - Covid-19

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Travel to and from Western Australia


The WA Government has now introduced restrictions on travel to Western Australia (see here for more details). A person will not be in breach of these restrictions if they are required to enter Western Australia under, or to give effect to, an order of an Australian court.

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Press Release: The Honourable Stephen Thackray


The Honourable Stephen Thackray, the former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia, has passed away unexpectedly after suffering a brain aneurism. He was 65.

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Public Gatherings and Regional Travel Restrictions


The WA Government has now introduced further restrictions on certain gatherings and travel within Western Australia to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This news items explains the restrictions as they apply to attendance at the Court and parties obligations under parenting plans, court orders or other parenting agreements.

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Callover Friday 27 March 2020 is Cancelled


Given the current, but constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Court has determined it is not appropriate to hold a Callover this Friday 27 March 2020.

See Callover List web page for more details>

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Managing Parenting in a Pandemic


This Top Ten Guide for managing parenting in a pandemic document was produced by the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and was inspired by a publication from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in the US.

The Family Law Section has compiled these TOP TEN suggestions to help separated parents navigate this difficult time.

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Mediation Pilot Interim Report - Jul to Dec 2019


From 15 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, the Family Court of WA is conducting a mediation pilot program. An interim report for July to December 2019 is now available.

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