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 $165
Application for decree as to nullity $1290
Application for decree as to nullity - reduced fee^ $430
Application as to validity of Marriage, Divorce Annulment $1290
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $350
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $470*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $575
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $695*
Response to initiating application (Final) $350
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $120
Notice of appeal to the full court including an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court $1380
Application for leave to appeal $1380
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $120
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $110
Issue subpoena (including Subpoena in an Arbitration) $55
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $870
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $870
Conciliation conference $400

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

FILING FEES
Application for divorce $910
Application for divorce – reduced fee^ $305
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $350
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $470*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $575
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $695*
Response to initiating application (Final) $350
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $120
Issue subpoena $55
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $120
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $110
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $640
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $640
Conciliation conference $400

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

  • Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial) $575 + Interim order application $120 = Total filing fee $685
  • Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final) $350 + Interim order application  $120 = Total filing fee $465

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.

Filing fees can be paid online when eFiling 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

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

NOTE: If you DO NOT have a credit/debit card you can buy a pre-paid debit card from various retail outlets for a nominal fee.

Credit card payment form

You may need this form when making a payment.

This form must be included with any mailed application or request. 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 2019 and are set by Federal Government regulations Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.