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The Commonwealth Courts Portal (the Portal) provides users with secure web-based access to information about their file and access to electronically file (eFile) a range of applications and supporting documents.

What do I need to eFile in the Portal?

You will need access to the internet, a scanner, printer and if a filing fee applies a VISA or Mastercard (credit/debit card).

What are the circumstances when I cannot eFile?

If you are seeking an early or urgent hearing date. The earliest date allocated for filing electronically is 28 days from the date of filing, but is more likely to be 42 days.

How do I get started in the portal?

View You Tube video about eFiling in the Commonwealth Courts Portal. It guides you through registering, starting a file, linking to your file and searching for your file.

Go to www.comcourts.gov.au to create your individual username and password Image of the Registration link on the Commonwealth Courts Portal

Once you are registered, only if you have previously filed with the court, you will need to link yourself to your file. You will need your file number and client number. If you do not have these numbers contact us by Live Chat and provide your full name, date of birth and the name of the other party, then see Link to your file after you are registered below.

For more information about registering for the Commonwealth Courts Portal see: How do I register for the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

If you are already registered for the Portal and linked to your file log in to your Commonwealth Courts Portal account and follow the steps for the type of documents you want to eFile at Select the document you want to eFile below for more details.

If you have previously filed with the court, once you are registered and you have your file number and client number available follow these steps to link yourself to your file:

  1. Log in.
  2. Select Your profile Image of the Your profile link to make changes to your details
  3. Select Request access to your file. Image showing Access to my files options: View my linked files and Request access to your file
  4. Enter your file number and client number then Submit Image of the File number, client number and submit button 

You will now be linked to your file. To access your file follow these steps:

Select the Available Files tab to locate your file Image of the Available Files tab

or search using the search bar. Image showing the Search for file form field

Once you select your file you can access information about your file including lists of documents filed, view orders and file certain documents.

Select the document you want to eFile below for more details

The following applications can be eFiled by completing the online interactive form. There is no need to complete the kit/forms in advance.

  • Initiating Application
  • Application in a Case

If you are a new user and want to file an application and there is not an existing file

Go to Image of Family Law eFiling Start a new file and follow the relevant prompts and see step 1 below.

If you have had previous proceedings with the same party and are a new portal user it is very important that all proceedings (past and future) between yourself and the other party are registered on the one file number.

Note: If you have any previous proceedings with the other party you will have an existing file number.

To file a new application on an existing family law file

Go to Image of the Electronically file an existing Family Law file link on the home page or go to your file via search or available tabs to select your file and select Image of the file a new application link then see step 1 below.

Steps to eFile

  1. Confirm the statement if you are filing on your own behalf.
  2. Create a new document by selecting the application type and court to file in
    Image of the options Which document do you want to file and which court do you want to file in

Helpful hint: Select the [1] to link to the Protocol for the division of work between the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to decide which court to file in.

  1. Create a Title and Description then select Create and OK to confirm. This information is not supplied to the court and is only use by you to identify started/partly completed applications (which are available for 90 days).
    Image showing the title and description fields
  1. Complete all the parts of the interactive online form, saving and validating each completed part as you go.
    Showing the validation options of Valid and Saved or Not valid and Saved

Helpful hint: user can go to Portal at each question for help with that question.

  1. Complete any supporting documents, scan and save on your computer drive where you will be able to find them easily. The required documents will depend on what type of application is filed and the information you provide on the application.

NOTE: Supporting documents are split into 2 categories - required (must be provided to continue with the application) and additional (can be provided to support the application).

  1. Go to the drop down menu at Document Type and select the relevant document type.

    Select your name to choose who the document is filed on behalf of.

    Click on Choose File, select the document from where you had saved them – any document must be in PDF format* and under 10 Mb and the document (including an attachment) cannot be over 100 pages.

    Click on Upload.

    *Use the PDF convertor in the right hand column if you need to convert the document to PDF.


    When successfully uploaded a green tick Image of the green tick will appear against the document.
  1. Complete Statement of Truth. This will only appear once all of the above steps are fully completed (green ticks against all). A green tick will appear once the Statement of Truth is completed.
  2. Submit the application.

    Select the location where the application is to be heard from the drop down menu.

    Select a court date from the range of dates provided.

    You will be required to pay a filing fee. Confirm the payment option and complete the credit/debit card details. You may be eligible for an exemption. See Guidelines for fee exemption, reduction and refund.

    Once payment is approved a sealed document complete with the court date will be available to print for service on all parties to the proceedings (including the Independent Children's Lawyer - if any).
  1. Go to Image of the Documents Filed button  and select the Adobe pdf logo icon to print out a sealed copy for service.

    See How do I serve family law documents? for details about service.

Helpful hint: You can save the application you are working on and come back to it at a later date. If you save and log out, your application information will be preserved for 90 days. The court will not have access to your application until you pay the fee and submit the application. You can find it under "Partly completed applications" on the home page.

To eFile a response you must be linked to your file. If you are not linked see Link to your file after registering above.

The following responses can be eFiled by completing the online interactive form. There is no need to complete the kit/forms in advance.

  • Response
  • Response to an Application in a Case

Affidavits and supporting documents need to be completed using the appropriate forms available on the website, then save and uploaded to the portal.

  1. Access the file by selecting the file number at Available Files or search the file number e.g. ABC1234/2014 at Search for file then select your file. Select your file number next to  to access the file details.
     

  2. Under  select  at the appropriate application you wish to respond to.
  3. Select File a Response  and complete new document information then  - you can also select an envelope to be notified by email of any activity on your file
  4. Complete all the parts of the interactive online form, saving and validating each completed part as you go.

Helpful hint: user can go to Portal at each question for help with that question.

  1. Complete any supporting documents, scan and save on your computer drive where you will be able to find them easily. The required documents will depend on what type of application is filed and the information you provide on the application.

NOTE: Supporting documents are split into 2 categories - required (must be provided to continue with the application) and additional (can be provided to support the application).

  1. Go to the drop down menu at Document Type and select the relevant document type.

    Select your name to choose who the document is filed on behalf of.

    Click on Choose File, select the document from where you had saved them – any document must be in PDF format* and under 10 Mb and the document (including an attachment) cannot be over 100 pages.

    Click on Upload.

    *Use the PDF convertor in the right hand column if you need to convert the document to PDF.
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    When successfully uploaded a green tick Image of the green tick will appear against the document.

  2. Complete Statement of Truth. This will only appear once all of the above steps are fully completed (green ticks against all). A green tick will appear once the Statement of Truth is completed.
  3. Submit the application and make payment (if applicable).
  4. NOTE: A filing fee applies for Response to Initiating Application. Confirm the payment option and complete the credit/debit card details. You may be eligible for an exemption. See Guidelines for fee exemption, reduction and refund.

  5. Go to Documents filed section and print sealed copies for service on all the parties to the proceeding (including the Independent Children's Lawyer - if any).
    Go to Image of the Documents Filed button  and select the Adobe pdf logo icon to print out a sealed copy for service.

See How do I serve family law documents? for details about service.

Affidavits and supporting documents need to be completed using the appropriate forms available on the website, then be saved/scanned and uploaded to the portal.

The required documents will depend on what type of application is filed and the information you provide on the application.

Steps to upload supporting documents

  1. Complete the document, scan and save on your computer drive where you will be able to find it easily.

  2. Access the file by adding the file number e.g. ABC1234/2014 at Search for file then select Search. Select your file number next to  to access the file details.
     

  3. Under  select  at the appropriate application.

  4. Select add document  
    You can also select the envelope to be notified by email of any activity on your file

  5. Go to the drop down menu at Document Type and select the relevant document type.
    Select your name to choose who the document is filed on behalf of. 
    Click on Choose File, select the document from where you had saved it at step 1 above - this document must be in PDF format* and under 10 Mb and the document (including an attachment) cannot be over 100 pages.
    Click on Upload.
    *Use the PDF convertor in the right hand column if you need to convert the document to PDF.

After you have filed the documents you are required to serve the documents.

Go to Documents filed section and print sealed copies for service on all the parties to the proceeding (including the Independent Children's Lawyer - if any).
Go to Image of the Documents Filed button  and select Image of PDF icon button icon to print out a sealed copy for service.

See How do I serve family law documents? for details about service.

Printing the sealed documents for service

Go to Documents filed section and print sealed copies for service on all the parties to the proceeding (including the Independent Children's Lawyer - if any).
Go to Image of the Documents Filed button  and select Image of PDF icon button to print a sealed copy for service.

You can find more details about service at How do I serve family law documents? for details about service.