To electronically file or access court files on the Commonwealth Courts Portal a user must first register.
Go to www.comcourts.gov.au to create your individual username and password .
What do I need to electronically file (eFile)?
You will need access to a scanner, printer and a visa or mastercard.
Helpful Hint: Did you know that if you do not have a credit/debit card you can buy a pre-paid debit card from the Post Office for a nominal fee? For more information on Load & Go Reloadable pre-paid VISA cards visit the Australia Post website.
What are the circumstances when I cannot eFile?
If you wish to request a reduction in fees on the basis of financial hardship.
How do I start eFiling the application once I am registered?
Make sure you have your marriage certificate and any other required documents scanned and saved on your computer where you can find them easily.
Select even if you have an existing file with the court. Divorce is dealt with separately.
Divorces are dealt with in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. If you are in Western Australia select Family Court of Western Australia.
Step 1 - Complete Part A to Part F of the online interactive form. Save each Part as you proceed. When a Part is successfully completed a green tick will appear. Select print preview to read the application.
Step 2 - Upload the required and additional documents. See How do I apply for a divorce for more information on additional documents.
Step 3 - Once you are satisfied that the application is ready select Lock and Continue.
Step 4 - Print the application and sign the Affidavit for eFiling Application (Divorce) before an authorised witness. If you are filing a joint application both you and your spouse will need to sign the affidavit (this can be done separately).
Step 5 - Upload the Affidavit for eFiling Application (Divorce).
Step 6 - Print the Marriage Families and Separation brochure and select the check box.
Step 7 - Select a location where the application is to be heard. If you filed a joint application you are not required to attend court.
Step 8 - Select payment option then submit application.
Step 9 - After successful payment you will be prompted to select a date and time for the divorce hearing.
Step 10 - Print the document for service (sole application) or for you records (joint application).
All filed documents must be served on your spouse. If you do not know the whereabouts of your spouse you will need to apply to the court for a service order. For more information see the section What if I am unable to locate my spouse? in the How do I serve a divorce page.
Read the check list on the first page of your printed application for next steps.