The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia do not set the fees payable in the courts. Fees are set by Federal Government regulations - Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.

GST does not apply to court fees.

Family Court of Australia

FILING FEES
Application for consent orders $160
Application for decree as to nullity $1225
Application for decree as to nullity - reduced fee^ $410
Application as to validity of Marriage, Divorce Annulment $1225
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $330
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $445*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $545
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $660*
Response to initiating application (Final) $330
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $115
Notice of appeal to the full court including an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court $1305
Application for leave to appeal $1305
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $115
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $105
Issue subpoena (including Subpoena in an Arbitration) $55
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $825
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $825
Conciliation conference $380

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

FILING FEES
Application for divorce $865
Application for divorce – reduced fee^ $290
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $330
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $445*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $545
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $660*
Response to initiating application (Final) $330
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $115
Issue subpoena $55
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $115
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $105
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $605
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $605
Conciliation conference $380

* Initiating applications that seek interim AND final orders also attract the interim order fee. Example:

  • Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial) $545 + Interim order application $115 = Total filing fee $660
  • Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final) $330 + Interim order application  $115 = Total filing fee $445

If you hold certain Government concession cards or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be eligible for:

^ a reduced fee for an application for divorce (both parties must be eligible if filing a joint application) or decree of nullity.

For all other applications you may be eligible for an exemption of fees.

Payment for filing and court event fees can be made in registries via:

  • eftpos
  • debit card
  • credit card

or by mail using:

  • Visa and Mastercard credit/debit card

Some filing fees can be paid online using a Visa or Mastercard credit/debit card, when filing using the Commonwealth Courts Portal www.comcourts.gov.au

Court event fees can also be paid online (once you have received a statement with your PID number) via eservices.comcourts.gov.au

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the ‘Federal Court of Australia’.

Credit card payment form

You may need this form when making a payment.

This form must be included with any mailed application or request when you pay by credit card. Please do not fax this form unless you have been directly requested to do so by the Court. 

The Credit card payment form is available on the forms page.

The Credit card payment form is available on the forms page.

These fees apply from 1 July 2016 and are set by Federal Government regulations Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.