Appendix 1: Outcome and program statement – Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Appendix 2: Staffing profile
Appendix 3: Freedom of information
Appendix 4: Committees
Appendix 5: External involvement
Appendix 6: Judges' activities
Appendix 7: Contact details
Appendix 8: Information required by other legislation 

Appendix 1: Outcome and program statement – Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Table A1.1: Outcome 3 – Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Outcome 3: Apply and uphold the rule of law for litigants in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia through more informal and streamlined resolution of family law and general federal law matters according to law, through the encouragement of appropriate dispute resolution processes and through the effective management of the administrative affairs of the Court.

Budget 2017–18 ($’000)

Actual 2017–18 ($’000)

Variation
($’000)

Program 3.1 – Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Administered expenses

1,783

2,970

–1,187

Departmental appropriation

89,825

90,966

–1,141

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year

2,526

2,690

–164

Total for Program 3.1

94,134

96,626

–2,492

Total expenses for Outcome 3

94,134

96,626

–2,492

Average staffing level (number)

516

503

The financial statements can be found in Appendix 1 of the Federal Court of Australia’s 2017–18 annual report.

Appendix 2: Staffing profile – Federal Circuit Court of Australia

At 30 June 2018, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) had a total workforce of 600 employees.

Of the Court’s 600 employees:

  • 129 (21.5 per cent) were male and 471 (78.5 per cent) were female, and
  • 437 (73 per cent) were ongoing employees and 163 (27 per cent) were non-ongoing employees, including casuals.

Staffing by location

Table A2.1: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: staffing overview by location (as at 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 – includes full-time, part-time and casual staff)

Level

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

APS 1

1

1

1

1

APS 2

1

15

13

11

10

5

6

13

16

45

45

APS 3

5

4

79

73

3

3

32

27

13

11

7

6

42

39

181

163

APS 4

5

4

51

50

1

1

25

24

10

10

3

3

33

34

1

3

129

129

APS 5

4

4

35

38

2

1

20

23

4

7

4

4

25

28

1

2

95

107

APS 6

1

1

7

6

3

3

3

2

2

5

16

17

EL 1

3

4

33

34

1

15

20

6

9

7

5

21

21

85

94

EL 2

2

1

14

12

10

10

3

4

1

1

9

10

39

38

SES 1

2

2

1

1

2

2

5

5

SES 2

1

1

1

1

Total

21

18

237

229

6

6

117

118

44

49

22

19

148

156

2

5

597

600

Note: Judicial officers and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Registrar, who are holders of public office, are not included in this table.

Staffing by gender, classification and location

Table A2.2: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: staffing by gender, classification and location (as at 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 – includes full-time, part-time and casual staff)

Level

Attendance

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

APS 1

Female

Male

1

1

1

1

APS 2

Female

1

8

7

7

7

5

6

9

10

30

30

Male

7

6

4

3

4

6

15

15

APS 3

Female

4

4

54

55

2

2

22

24

8

8

6

5

34

33

130

131

Male

1

25

18

1

1

10

3

5

3

1

1

8

6

51

32

APS 4

Female

3

3

40

39

1

1

18

15

8

8

3

3

24

26

2

97

97

Male

2

1

11

11

7

9

2

2

9

8

1

1

32

32

APS 5

Female

4

4

26

30

2

1

18

20

4

7

3

3

21

22

1

1

79

88

Male

9

8

2

3

1

1

4

6

1

16

19

APS 6

Female

1

1

6

4

3

3

3

2

4

15

12

Male

1

2

2

1

1

5

EL 1

Female

3

4

28

30

13

18

5

8

7

5

18

19

74

84

Male

5

4

1

2

2

1

1

3

2

11

10

EL 2

Female

1

1

12

10

5

5

2

3

7

7

27

26

Male

1

2

2

5

5

1

1

1

1

2

3

12

12

SES 1

Female

1

1

2

2

3

3

Male

1

1

1

1

2

2

SES 2

Female

Male

1

1

1

1

Total

 

21

18

237

229

6

6

117

118

44

49

22

19

148

156

2

5

597

600

Note: Judicial officers and the CEO and Principal Registrar, who are holders of public office, are not included in this table.

Staffing by attendance status

Table A2.3: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: staffing by attendance status (as at 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 – includes full-time, part-time and casual staff)

Level

Attendance

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

APS 1

Full-time

Part-time

1

1

1

1

Casual

APS 2

Full-time

9

7

7

6

3

4

8

10

27

27

Part-time

1

3

4

3

3

2

2

5

5

14

14

Casual

3

2

1

1

1

4

4

APS 3

Full-time

5

4

49

43

3

3

22

16

12

9

5

4

25

19

121

98

Part-time

15

19

7

11

1

2

2

2

12

10

37

44

Casual

15

11

3

5

10

23

21

APS 4

Full-time

5

4

38

40

1

1

24

22

7

6

3

3

28

30

1

1

107

107

Part-time

13

9

1

2

3

4

4

4

2

21

21

Casual

1

1

1

1

APS 5

Full-time

4

4

32

34

2

1

18

21

4

7

4

4

23

23

1

2

88

96

Part-time

3

4

1

1

2

5

6

10

Casual

1

1

1

1

APS 6

Full-time

1

1

6

6

2

2

3

2

2

5

14

16

Part-time

1

1

1

2

1

Casual

EL 1

Full-time

2

3

20

19

1

11

10

3

5

4

3

9

12

49

53

Part-time

1

1

13

15

2

9

3

4

3

2

12

9

34

40

Casual

2

1

2

1

EL 2

Full-time

1

1

8

7

7

5

2

3

1

1

5

6

24

23

Part-time

5

4

3

5

1

1

1

9

11

Casual

1

1

1

4

3

6

4

SES 1

Full-time

2

2

1

1

2

2

5

5

Part-time

Casual

SES 2

Full-time

1

1

1

1

Part-time

Casual

Total

21

18

237

229

6

6

117

118

44

49

22

19

148

156

2

5

597

600

Note: Judicial officers and the CEO and Principal Registrar, who are holders of public office, are not included in this table.

Indigenous employment

At 30 June 2018, the Court had 13 employees who identified as Indigenous (11 female and two male), 2.1 per cent of total employee numbers.

Table A2.4: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: Indigenous staff by location, gender and employment status

Employment status

Gender

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Ongoing

Female

6

1

1

8

Male

Non-ongoing

Female

2

1

3

Male

1

1

Casual

Female

Male

1

1

Total

0

9

0

2

1

0

1

0

13

Judicial officers

At 30 June 2018, the FCC had 69 judges, including the Chief Judge: 29 female and 40 male.

The remuneration arrangements for all judicial officers and the CEO and Principal Registrar are governed by enforceable determinations of the Remuneration Tribunal. Details, including relevant determinations, are available at www.remtribunal.gov.au.

See Part 2 of this report (Overview of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) on page 31 for more information.

Workforce turnover

During 2017–18, 110 employees left the Court (52 were non-ongoing, 48 were ongoing and 10 were casual employees), representing an annual turnover rate of 18 per cent against total employee numbers at 30 June 2018.

Table A2.5: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: workforce turnover

Termination reason

Ongoing

Casual

Non-ongoing

Total

Dismissed

1

1

2

Expiration of contract

6

14

20

Interdepartment transfer

4

4

Resign

32

3

37

72

Retire – Age – 61 to 65 years

6

6

Retire – Age – 60 years

2

2

Retire – Age – under 60 years

1

1

Retire – Age – over 65 years

2

2

Voluntary redundancy

1

1

Total

48

10

52

110

Enterprise Agreement

The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014 continued to operate during 2017–18. The agreement has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014. Court management continued to hold negotiations with the Community and Public Sector Union and bargaining representatives for a replacement agreement to cover all employees of the Federal Court of Australia during the year.

On 5 June 2018, the proposed agreement was approved by employees through a voting process whereby 888 employees voted to approve the agreement out of 927 who cast a valid vote. A total of 1183 employees were eligible to vote. The agreement was consistent with the Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy. The Court received approval of the new agreement from the Fair Work Commission on 31 July 2018 and the new agreement is due to commence on 7 August 2018.

At 30 June 2018, 589 FCC employees were covered by the Enterprise Agreement.

Relationship between agreements

Terms and conditions of employment in the Court are governed by one or more of the following industrial instruments:

  • the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014, covering all non-Senior Executive Service (SES) employees except those on Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs)
  • AWAs
  • individual determinations under s 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999, or
  • individual common law contracts.

The Enterprise Agreement, like its predecessors, is a comprehensive agreement; however, for some employees, it may be supported by either an individual flexibility agreement, a determination under s 24(1) or a common law contract that provides additional terms and conditions.

AWAs may also be supported by individual s 24(1) determinations or common law contracts.

Other agreements

Offers of AWAs to court employees ceased from 13 February 2008, in accordance with government policy; however, at 30 June 2018, eight employees had enforceable AWAs in place.

In some limited cases, the FCC has used common law contracts and determination s 24 instruments pursuant to the Public Service Act 1999, to build upon existing AWA arrangements.

Employees covered by other agreements

During the reporting period the Court had a total of:

  • eight employees on AWAs (includes four SES staff)
  • six employees on common law contracts (includes two SES staff)
  • one employee on an individual flexibility agreement, and
  • seven employees on determination 24 arrangements.
Table A2.6: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: AWA minimum salary ranges by classification

Classification

Salary range ($)

APS 2

APS 3

APS 4

APS 5

APS 6

EL 1

$102,136

EL 2

$125,639 to $152,190

SES 1

$175,000 to $175,495

SES 2

$200,495

Senior Executive Service remuneration

Terms and conditions for the Court’s SES are in common law contracts, AWAs and individuals’ 24(1) determinations made by the CEO and Principal Registrar. SES salaries are benchmarked against other public sector agencies and take account of the Court’s budgetary position and the Government’s workplace bargaining policy.

Table A2.7: Federal Circuit Court of Australia: Senior Executive Service (as at 30 June 2018)

New South Wales

SES level

Principal, Child Dispute Services

Janet CARMICHAEL

SES 1

Regional Registry Manager

Simon KELSO

SES 1 (Acting)

Victoria

SES level

Executive Director, Operations

Steven AGNEW

SES 2

Deputy Principal Registrar

Adele BYRNE

SES 1 (Acting)

Regional Registry Manager

Jane REYNOLDS

SES 1

Queensland

SES level

Regional Registry Manager

Jamie CREW

SES 1

Non-salary benefits

Non-salary benefits provided by the Court to employees include motor vehicles, car parking, superannuation, access to salary sacrificing arrangements, computers, including home-based computer access, membership of professional associations, mobile phones, studies assistance, leave flexibilities, workplace responsibility allowances (e.g. first aid, chief and deputy fire warden, community language) and airline club memberships.

Performance pay arrangements

The Court’s industrial instruments do not include provision for performance-based pay to employees. No employees received performance pay during 2017–18.

Salary ranges by classification level

Table A2.8: Classification structure and pay rates in accordance with the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014

Australian Public Service (APS) Classification

Salary

APS 1

$44,063

$47,118

APS 2

$48,247

$53,504

APS 3

$56,383

$59,310

APS 4

$63,197

$66,499

APS 5

$68,315

$72,440

APS 6

$74,198

$84,754

EL 1

$94,586

$102,136

EL 2

$111,677

$131,082

Registrar positions

EL 2

$128,152

$133,702

Senior Executive Service positions

SES 1

$175,000

$200,000

SES 2

$200,495

$200,495

Appendix 3

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 does not apply to any request for access to documents of the Court unless the document relates to matters of an administrative nature. While there is no definition within this Act or the Privacy Act of the term ‘matters of an administrative nature’, the High Court decision in Kline v Official Secretary to the Governor-General and Another [2013] HCA 52 in their joint judgment considering this term pointed out:

[47],…the only documents which courts and specified tribunals, authorities and bodies are obliged to open to increase public scrutiny are those documents relating to the management and administration of registry and office resources.’

There were three Freedom of Information application requests made to the Court for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme. This requirement, in Part II of the Freedom of Information Act, has replaced the former requirement to publish a Section 8 Statement in an annual report.

An agency plan showing what information is published in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme requirements is accessible from agency websites.

The Freedom of Information and the Information Publication Scheme agency plan for the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) can be found on the FCC website at www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/contact-us/freedom-of-information-and-information-publication-scheme.

Access to information outside the Freedom of Information Act

Rule 2.08 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 provides that a search of the Court’s records may be undertaken by the Attorney-General (in family law proceedings), a party, a lawyer for a party, a child representative (in family law proceedings) or a person granted leave by the Court or a registrar. Leave may be granted if a proper interest is shown and may be subject to conditions. In relation to access to documents in general federal law proceedings, the Court applies the same rule as that prescribed by the Federal Court; see rule 2.08B. This rule identifies certain categories of court documents as being available for inspection without leave.

There are other legislative provisions that limit publication in various proceedings; for example, s 121 of the Family Law Act 1975, s 110X of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 and s 91X of the Migration Act 1958. In addition, Part 6A of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 gives the Court general power to suppress/prohibit publication of evidence in respect of general federal law provisions (Part XIA of the Family Law Act 1975 deals with suppression and non-publication orders in proceedings under that Act).

Enquiries concerning access to documents or Freedom of Information matters generally should be directed to:

Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
GPO Box 9991
Melbourne VIC 3001

or emailed to customer.service@federalcircuitcourt.gov.au.

Further advice on making Freedom of Information requests may be obtained by calling (03) 8600 4470.

Categories of documents

The FCC registries maintain the following categories of documents on behalf of the Court:

  • documents relating to matters heard by the Court including applications, affidavits, transcripts, orders and copies of judgments
  • registers and indexes of matters coming to the Court, and
  • general correspondence.

The FCC maintains the following categories of documents:

  • general correspondence
  • documents concerning the development and implementation of policy, guidelines and procedures, and
  • documents concerning the Court’s administrative and financial operations.

Other documents

The Court holds and makes available on request a range of documents including brochures, fact sheets and general information leaflets. These are available on the Court’s website at www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au.

Privacy

The Court holds personal information for two purposes:

  • to help resolve and, if necessary, determine matters before the Court (the judicial purpose), and/or
  • to assist in administration (the administrative purpose).

Information used for judicial purposes is held in case files and the case management computer system. This information is exempt from the Privacy Act 1988 and Freedom of Information Act 1982. Other statutory provisions and non-publication powers of the Court, designed to protect parties and their children, are applicable to this information.

Information used for administrative purposes is collected as part of the day-to-day running of the Court. This includes information about:

  • employees of the Court
  • suppliers of goods and services to the Court, and
  • security matters.

The collection, storage and disclosure of this information is governed by the provisions of both the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

During the year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner conducted its 2018 Information Publication Scheme survey of Australian Government agencies. The purpose of the survey is to review the operation of the Information Publication Scheme within each Australian Government agency. The Court, as a prescribed agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982, participated in this survey.

The Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code came into force on 1 July 2018. Agencies are required to take reasonable steps to implement practices, procedures and systems to ensure compliance with the code.

Consistent with these requirements, the Court has the following in place:

In addition, the Court has a designated Privacy Champion and Privacy Officer.

Appendix 4

Committees

Table A4.1 provides details of the membership and functions of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) committees, at 30 June 2018.

Table A4.1: FCC Committees, 30 June 2018

Overarching Committees

Title

Members

Terms of reference

National Practice Area Committee

  • Chief Judge Alstergren (Chair)
  • Judge Mead
  • Judge Hartnett
  • Judge Henderson
  • Judge Vasta
  • Judge Smith
  • Judge Wilson
  • Judge Williams
  • Judge Kendall
  • Judge Altobelli
  • Dr Stewart Fenwick
  • Steve Agnew
  • Catherine Bull (Secretariat)

To advise the Chief Judge about current and proposed case management structures, judicial conduct, judicial education and possible interaction between the FCC and other courts. Each area of the Court is represented according to national practice area:

  • Family law north (comprising New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory)
  • Family law south (comprising Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania)
  • Migration law
  • General federal law.

Case Management Judges Committee

  • Judge Lapthorn
  • Judge Henderson
  • Judge O’Sullivan
  • Judge Cameron
  • Judge C Kelly
  • Judge Terry
  • Judge Dunkley
  • Dr Stewart Fenwick
  • Steve Agnew
  • Adele Byrne

To assist the Chief Judge and the National Coordinator of Case Management in the case management of the Court and to enhance the adoption of consistent case management practices throughout the Court.

Legal Committee

  • Judge Driver
    (Chair)
  • Judge Hartnett
  • Judge Hughes
  • Judge Neville
  • Judge Smith
  • Judge Harper
  • Judge Williams
  • Judge Kendall
  • Judge Baird
  • Adele Byrne
  • Steve Agnew

To consider and refer recommendations to the Chief Judge and the Court on possible rule amendments and wider legal issues concerning the Court’s jurisdiction.

Working Groups and Committees

Title

Members

Terms of reference

Finance Committee

  • Judge Emmett (Chair)
  • Judge Driver
  • Judge O’Sullivan
  • Judge Howard
  • Judge Cole
  • Dr Stewart Fenwick
  • Steve Agnew

To consider the Court’s budget position and financial affairs generally, and to make recommendations to the Chief Judge where appropriate on policies and procedures in light of expenditure. The committee also assists the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Registrar in the discharge of his or her obligations arising from the delegation of responsibility for the FCC budget, as part of the broader entity.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee

  • Judge Willis (Chair)
  • Judge Coates
  • Judge C Kelly
  • Judge Terry
  • Judge Kemp
  • Judge Myers
  • Judge Small
  • Judge Young
  • Judge Wilson
  • Judge Boyle
  • Dr Stewart Fenwick (Secretariat)
  • Dennis Remedio
  • Trent Shepherd
  • Mr Rick Welsh

To assess how the FCC can improve access to justice in this Court for Indigenous litigants.

Family Violence Committee

  • Judge Hughes (Chair)
  • Justice Stevenson
  • Justice Ryan
  • Justice Hannam
  • Judge Brown
  • Judge Spelleken
  • Judge Terry
  • Judge Bender
  • Janet Carmichael
  • Di Lojszczyk
  • Melissa Buhagiar (Secretariat)

Provide advice to the Chief Judge, the Chief Justice and the CEO and Principal Registrar of both courts on the issue of family violence.

Registrars Working Group

  • Judge Williams (Chair)
  • Judge Coker
  • Judge Brown
  • Judge Henderson
  • Judge Altobelli
  • Judge Spelleken
  • Judge C Kelly
  • Judge Bender
  • Judge Turner
  • Dr Stewart Fenwick
  • Adele Byrne
  • Steve Agnew

Working group appointed by Chief Judge to advise on registrars’ powers and existing duties and development in case management.

Judicial Wellbeing Committee

  • Chief Judge Alstergren (ex officio)
  • Judge Driver
  • Judge Altobelli (Chair)
  • Judge Willis
  • Judge Stewart
  • Judge Vasta
  • Judge Heffernan
  • Jane Reynolds
  • Jordan Di Carlo

Regional Wellbeing Coordinators

  • Judge Costigan
    (Newcastle)
  • Judge Burchardt (Dandenong and Melbourne) (with Judge Stewart)
  • Judge Obradovic
    (Parramatta)
  • Judge Harper
    (Lionel Bowen Building Sydney)
  • Judge Kendall
    (Perth)
  • Judge Hughes
    (Canberra)
  • Judge Vasta
    (Brisbane)
  • Judge Stewart
    (Melbourne) (with Judge Burchardt)
  • Judge Driver (William Street Sydney)
  • Judge Heffernan
    (Adelaide)
  • Judge Willis (all single judge registries)
  • Judge Altobelli (overall coordinator)

Established to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of the Court’s judges throughout their judicial careers.

Judicial Education Committee

  • Judge Harland (Chair)
  • Judge Altobelli
  • Judge Cole
  • Judge Vasta
  • Judge Manousaridis
  • Judge Stewart
  • Judge Kendall

To provide advice and recommendations to the Chief Judge on judicial education and professional development and to coordinate and promote professional development activities.

Digital Court Program Steering Group (IT)

  • Warwick Soden
    (Federal Court of Australia, FCA)
  • Catherine Sullivan
    (FCA)
  • Craig Reilly
    (FCA)
  • Louise Anderson
    (FCA)
  • Jamie Crew
    (FCC)
  • Justice Murphy
    (Family Court of Australia, FCoA)
  • Justice McClelland
    (FCoA)
  • Judge Smith
    (FCC)
  • Judge Jarrett
    (FCC)
  • Justice Perram
    (FCA)
  • Justice Sutherland (Family Court of Western Australia)
  • Suzanne Taylor (Family Court of Western Australia)
  • Steve Agnew
    (FCC)

Overseeing the introduction of the Digital Court File and document management system and associated case management.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Committee

  • Judge Small
  • Judge Vasta
  • Judge Harman
  • Judge Obradovic
  • Jane Reynolds

To identify barriers to access to justice in the FCC for persons from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Identify the relevant issues and develop and implement strategies to overcome such barriers.

Children’s Committee

  • Justice Moncrieff
    (Family Court of Western Australia)
  • Justice Forrest
    (FCoA)
  • Judge Cole
    (FCC)
  • Janet Carmichael
    (Principal, Child Dispute Services, FCC)
  • Kylie Beckhouse
    (Director of Family Law, New South Wales)
  • Alexandra Wearne (Independent Children’s Lawyer, New South Wales)
  • Kate Bint
    (Independent Children’s Lawyer, Queensland)
  • Gayathri Paramasivam (Victoria Legal Aid)

A joint committee to explore the work to be undertaken with respect to the involvement of children in parenting proceedings and improving the experiences of children in the family law system.

Joint Costs Advisory Committee

  • Justice Benjamin (Convenor) (FCoA)
  • Philippa Lynch
    (Principal Registrar, High Court)
  • John Mathieson
    (Deputy Principal Registrar, FCA)
  • Adele Byrne
    (Deputy Principal Registrar, FCC)
  • Virginia Wilson
    (Deputy Principal Registrar, FCoA)

To advise the justices and judges of the courts on variations in the quantum of costs for legal practitioners (including expenses and fees for witnesses) which may be fixed in the rules of each court.

Appendix 5

External involvement

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) has a number of strategies for strengthening its partnerships with clients and other stakeholders, such as legal practitioners, non-government organisations, and government agencies and departments.

External stakeholders include:

  • the Attorney-General’s Department
  • the Department of Human Services
  • other government departments and agencies
  • child welfare authorities
  • legal services commissions and community legal centres
  • law societies and the Law Council of Australia
  • community-based and non-government organisations, and
  • the Australian Federal Police.

Relationships with these groups are managed either by the Chief Judge, other judges or the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Registrar on behalf of the Chief Judge.

There are several established channels through which external stakeholders may inform the Court and affect its processes and client service delivery, including the following.

Family Law Council

The Family Law Council, established by the Attorney-General under s 115 of the Family Law Act 1975, confers with the Court in the course of its consideration of particular aspects of family law.

Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies was established under s 114B of the Family Law Act and is a forum for exchange of information and research.

Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

The Chief Judge meets regularly with the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Local registry consultations and other activities for improved service delivery

Registry managers continue to regularly engage with numerous external groups such as local family law pathways networks, legal aid, bar associations and law societies, local practitioners and practitioners’ associations, community legal centres, family relationship centres, community organisations and support groups, child protection agencies, family violence committees and organisations, state courts, universities and police services. Registries also continued to work with the Family Advocacy and Support Services program, with the aim of enhancing their presence in the registries.

Other external activities for the registries for 2017–18 include the following.

Adelaide

  • Established dedicated Indigenous Court listings and hearings.
  • Conducted guided tours for professionals working in the family law system – tours included:
    • the law courts building and its services
    • filing an application at the registry
    • seeing a courtroom
    • watching a court hearing, and
    • visiting the South Australian Family Law Pathways Kiosk and mediation section.
  • Hosted the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts seminar by Catherine Boland.
  • Facilitated the South Australian biannual Pathways CEO briefing.
  • Piloted the Young People’s Family Law Advisory Group, in conjunction with the South Australian Family Law Pathways Network.
  • Hosted social workers from the Department for Child Protection call centre, who visited the registry for an overview of the Court and its functions, including what clients can expect and what services are provided.

Brisbane

  • Conducted presentations to Legal Aid forums on domestic violence in August 2017, October 2017 and February 2018.
  • Held meetings with Legal Aid in October 2017, February 2018 and May 2018 on the implementation of the Employment Duty Lawyer Service, to provide duty lawyer assistance to self-represented litigants in general federal law fair work matters.
  • Continued liaison with Auscript including presentations to associate groups re updated live chat and online services.
  • Collaborated with the Queensland Justice of the Peace (JP) Branch, with staff presenting sessions on witnessing family law documents and continuing placement of volunteer JPs in the registry.
  • Hosted a delegation of Bhutanese judges, including the Chief Justice of the High Court of Bhutan, on 4 April 2018.
  • Provided facilities to the Queensland Bar Association for cross-examining training on 21 June 2018.

Canberra

  • Hosted visiting judges from Singapore, with the guests attending numerous court events and a briefing on the docket system and safety planning arrangements in family law.
  • Held meetings with Indigenous and Cultural Liaison Officers from Aboriginal Legal Service, Women’s Legal Service and Legal Aid to discuss service expectations.
  • Hosted a visiting scholar and Family Court Investigating Officer from the Osaka Family Court.
  • Met with the Law Society and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to discuss passport orders.
  • Participated in a workshop, run by the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited, on the implementation of National Risk Assessment Principles for family and domestic violence.

Dandenong

  • Mentored two fourth-year law students as part of the non-adversarial justice program in the Law Faculty of Monash University.
  • Facilitated the participation of young lawyers via video conference, in the Junior Lawyer Seminar Series conducted by Judge Harland in Melbourne.

Hobart and Launceston

  • Held quarterly meetings with Child Safety Service and the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania to raise new developments, discuss stakeholder concerns and review the informal protocol between the Court and Child Safety Service. 
  • Held meetings with held the Legal Aid Commission and professional bodies to discuss case management issues.
  • Facilitated ongoing meetings of the Tasmanian Family Violence Consultative Committee which includes members of the community sector, Department of Justice (Safe at Home), Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania Police, Family Advocacy and Support Service, Women’s Legal Service, Commissioner for Children, and the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia. This enables those who support victims of family violence to discuss issues and services, provide advice and influence how clients are supported when going through the family law system, and receive updates on what is occurring in the courts.

Lismore

  • Hosted visits by school groups, TAFE instructors, university students and others throughout the year.
  • Participated in the Children and Family Law conference, held at Southern Cross University.

Melbourne

  • Held meetings with representatives from Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Victoria Legal Aid, Djirra, Courts Victoria, Balit Ngulu, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and Women’s Legal Service to develop an FCC list to enhance access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally sensitive way. A steering committee has been created and engagement will be ongoing to support and guide design of this list.
  • Continued engagement with the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration including contributions to the design and delivery of the conference Drivers of Change – Future of Justice.
  • Hosted several visiting delegations including:
    • judges from the Philippines’ Committee on Family Courts and Juvenile Concerns (August 2017)
    • judges, lawyers and social workers from Vanuatu and Fiji (April 2018), and
    • Chinese lawyers (April 2018).
  • Child Dispute Services Victoria participated in several international delegations including Professor Murakami from the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law; the Ambassador, United States of America, and state judges and representatives of the US Hague Central Authority; and a consular staff event with a presentation on international child abduction and a tour of Melbourne registry.
  • Facilitated a cross-agency reference group that convenes regularly to discuss the take up of men’s referral services, services for women fearing violence and additional legal advice services in those cases where there are allegations of family violence.
  • Held quarterly meetings with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on issues such as implementation of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations including information sharing protocols; statistics on referrals to the department for reports on child protection investigations; the co-location of a child protection practitioner at the Melbourne registry which facilitates timely and high-quality referral and feedback to the Courts; and policy updates.
  • Continued attendance at the Law Institute Court Practice Committee meetings where members of the profession and the Victorian Bar can put questions and issues to the courts with respect to registry services and matters related to practice and procedure.
  • Hosted 12 Year 10 secondary school work experience placements over the year from a cross section of Victorian schools to enable exposure to the justice system and courts administration.
  • Participated in other external engagement supported by Melbourne Child Dispute Service staff including:
    • visit by the Hon Justice Anjali Wati, Hague Network Judge for Fiji
    • visit by Ms Ayako Omatsu, Family Probation Officer, Osaka High Court Japan
    • placement of a Leo Cussen practical legal training student
    • lecture to Melbourne University, Developmental Psychiatry students, on the impact of family violence, and subsequently, lecture on the effects of parental separation on children, and
    • attendance at a Victorian Family Law Pathways event Afghan Women and Family Law in Dandenong.

Newcastle

  • Held meetings with the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association on issues relevant to the registry and the legal profession, as well as the planning and preparation for the annual Hunter Valley Family Law Conference.
  • Hosted lunchtime seminars for the legal profession, with judges, registrars, barristers, lawyers and special guest speakers presenting on a range of topics.
  • Hosted visits from students from the University of Newcastle as part of their family law training program, as well as high school students conducting mock trials.
  • Conducted presentations to members of the Australian Psychologists Network in August 2017 and March 2018.
  • Presented at the Allied Health Practitioners meeting conducted by Hunter Area Health in December 2017.
  • Commenced quarterly Court User Group meetings in March 2018.

North Queensland

  • Held meetings with the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service, Family Law Pathways Network, Family Relationship Centre (Centacare) and Relationships Australia, and ad hoc meetings with the profession and representatives from state government departments.
  • Hosted the Legal and Community Sector Forum at the Townsville registry on 17 November 2017.
  • Conducted presentations to JPs and Commissioners for Declarations at the invitation of the JP Branch.

Parramatta

  • Provided facilities for the Legal Aid New South Wales Early Intervention Unit and the Aboriginal Legal Service, duty solicitor services.
  • Continued (for the third year) the 2018 Young Lawyers Professional Skills Series, which is coordinated by Judge Harman.
  • Hosted visiting delegations, including:
    • members from the Legal Aid Bureau of Singapore, and from the Community Legal Services Division of the Ministry of Law
    • law students and academic staff from Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and
    • community workers from Family Relationship Centres and Catholic Care.
  • Provided a courtroom for the Kirby Cup High School Mooting Final Competition, at which the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG officiated.

Sydney/Wollongong

  • Hosted the Family Law Services Expo and the Child Contact Services Roadshow.
  • Attended the Greater Sydney Family Law Pathways Network main event, which included a keynote address on the proposed Parenting Management Hearings.
  • Hosted the Young Lawyers Professional Skills Series, to provide training in key areas of the Court’s operation.
  • Facilitated meetings with the Law Society of New South Wales to promote the Family Law Settlement Service.
  • Continued engagement with key stakeholders and service providers from within the Indigenous community, particularly those providing direct support to the Indigenous Court list.
  • Attended the state-based Koori Court and liaised with the judicial officers and staff within that sector.
  • Hosted an annual networking event for Indigenous law students.

Appendix 6

Judges’ activities

Chief Judge the Honourable William Alstergren

Professional and other memberships

  • National Judicial College of Australia
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Victorian Bar

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 24–25 January 2018, Law Society Northern Territory, Start at the Top family law conference, opening welcome speech
  • 13 February 2018, Victorian Bar, Family Law Continuing Professional Development seminar, keynote speaker
  • 23 April 2018, Family Court of Australia (FCoA), Australia Awards Program: Improving women’s access to the formal justice system in the Pacific, opening welcome speech
  • 9 May 2018, Address to Queensland Bar, keynote speech
  • 10 May 2018, Victorian Bar, Essoign Club, welcome dinner for new readers at the Victorian Bar, keynote speaker
  • 21 May 2018, Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC), LGBTI presentation with Commissioner Allen, welcome speech
  • 27–28 May 2018, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 2018 Conference, consolidating tribunal skills, keynote speaker with Judge Chris Kendall. Paper presented: Appeals from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to the FCC – an overview of jurisdictional error
  • 21 June 2018, FCoA, combined presentation to Consular Corp in Melbourne by the FCoA, ISS Australia and Victoria Legal Aid Hague mediation service

Judge Norah Hartnett

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 2–6 May 2018, International Association of Women Judges, 14th biennial conference, Buenos Aires

Judge Grant Riethmuller

Professional and other memberships

  • Law Council of Australia, Family Law Section
  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 25–29 July 2017, 16th International Society of Family Law, world conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 17–19 August 2017, 4th Annual Conference, Australian Chapter Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Melbourne
  • 28 August 2017, Australian Italian Lawyers Association, Melbourne. Paper presented: Trust busting: how far have we come and how far can we go?
  • 9 September 2017, Worawa Aboriginal College, Healesville, Victoria
  • 7–8 December 2017, Obligations Group, Property Conference 2017, Melbourne University Law School. Panel Chair: Property and family
  • 9 March 2018, Australian Italian Lawyers Association, Melbourne. Paper presented: Costs, conflicts and canoodling: ethical issues in family law disputes
  • 7 June 2018, Legal Wise Family Law Seminar, Sydney. Paper presented: Stanford, marriages and marriage-like relationships

Judge Nick Nicholls

Professional and other memberships

  • The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Hellenic Lawyers Association

Judge Kate Hughes

Professional and other memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • ANU Law School, Family law basics presentation
  • 24 November 2017, National Judicial College of Australia, Family violence in the Court training day
  • 15 September 2017, Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, emotional abuse and neglect – definitions, assessment and protection – mental health and judicial perspectives, conference introduction, Canberra
  • 20 April 2018, Australian Capital Territory Magistrates family law training pilot, co-presenter: Applying family law to parenting and property with National Judicial College of Australia

Judge Philip Burchardt

Professional and other memberships

  • Association of International Refugee Law Judges
  • Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Industrial Bar Association
  • International Society of Family Law
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers Membership

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 25–29 July 2017, International Society of Family Law, 16th World Conference: family law and family realities, Amsterdam

Judge Charlotte Kelly

Professional and other memberships

  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Women Lawyers Association
  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • National Judicial College of Australia Indigenous Justice (South Australia Committee)
  • Australian Association of Judicial Administration
  • University of Adelaide, Duncan Memorial Scholarship Committee and mentor with Pinnacle Foundation

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 26 September 2017, continuing professional development session, Interim hearings in the FCC
  • 27 October 2017, Southern Domestic Violence Action Group, 25th anniversary
  • 21 November 2017, ABC interview with Ruby Jones
  • 15 February 2018, interview with Attorney-General’s Department regarding the Family Advocacy and Support Service
  • 2–6 May 2018, International Association of Women Judges, 14th Biennial Conference, Buenos Aries

Judge Warwick Neville

Professional and other memberships

  • ACT Bar Association
  • St Thomas More Society
  • Legal Committee (FCC)

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 24 March 2018, ACT Bar Association, mini conference, Canberra. Paper presented: Advocacy tips and traps

Judge Susan Purdon-Sully

Professional and other memberships

  • Queensland Law Society (Honorary membership)
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Multicultural Youth Empowerment Strategy
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Supreme Court of Queensland Library Collection selection sub-committee
  • Family Law Practitioners Association

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 5 July 2017, Queensland Law Society, Reconciliation Action Plan launch
  • 19 July 2017, Family Law Practitioners Association function for retirement of Her Honour Justice May
  • 27 July 2017, swearing-in ceremony of Her Honour Helen Bowskill as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 3 August 2017, Supreme Court library sub-committee meeting
  • 15 August 2017, Chairperson, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Hague sub-committee teleconference meeting
  • 17 August 2017, valedictory ceremony in honour of the Hon Justice John Byrne, senior judge administrator
  • 24 August 2017, 2017 Clayton Utz Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration, The jury on trial: From Socrates to modern times, Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 11 October 2017, Queensland’s Women Judicial Officers, Drinks and conversation, Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • 19 October 2017, Selden Society, 2017 Lecture Series: The trials of Oscar Wilde, guest speaker Hon Alan Wilson QC, Banco Court, Supreme Court Library Queensland
  • 27 October 2017, Women Lawyers of Queensland, annual awards dinner
  • 16 November 2017, Supreme Court Library Queensland, end of year celebration
  • 14 December 2017, announcement of new Queen’s Counsel appointments – Federal Court of Australia
  • 18 December 2017, Christmas Afternoon Tea hosted by Justice Collier, Federal Court Judge
  • 20 December 2017, farewell Judge Sexton of the FCC via video link
  • 7 February 2018, welcome ceremony for Judge Gregory Egan as a judge of the FCC
  • 8 February 2018, Welcome Function, hosted by Downs and South West Queensland Law Association, Toowoomba
  • 27 February 2018, Queensland Magistrates’ Conference 2018, Specialist Domestic Violence – Managing Risk. Presented: Using case management to control the trial process
  • 15 June 2018, Queensland Community Foundation, 2018 Philanthropist of the Year Awards

Judge Margaret Cassidy

Professional and other memberships

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Women’s Lawyers Association of Queensland
  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 19 July 2017, Justice May’s Retirement Function, Brisbane
  • 27 July 2017, launch of the Griffith Law Review Special Edition, Brisbane
  • 17 August 2017, valedictory ceremony for the Hon Justice Byrne, Brisbane
  • 1 September 2017, 2017 Clayton Utz, Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration: The jury on trial: from Socrates to modern times, hosted by the Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association, Brisbane
  • 29 September–6 October 2017, Pan Europe Asia Legal Conference, Rome, Italy
  • 6–16 October 2017, Sicily and Italian Riviera Cruise (Conference @ sea), Pan Europe Oceania Legal Conference
  • 30 November 2017, Family Law Practitioners Association, Christmas cocktail celebration, hosted by Family Law Practitioners Association, Brisbane
  • 1 March 2018, webinar, child support applications in the courts, Family Law Practitioners Association, Brisbane
  • 1 March 2018, Family Law Practitioners Association, twilight seminar webinar, child support applications in the courts, Brisbane. Paper presented: Binding child support agreements
  • 17 May 2018, Bundaberg Family Pathways and Bundaberg District Law Association, networking, nibbles and drinks, Bundaberg
  • 15 June 2018, women barristers and judicial officers drinks, hosted by Cate Heyworth-Smith QC, Melanie Hindman QC, Caite Brewer and Florence Chen, Brisbane
  • 22 June 2018, FHS/FOI and Litigation Branch annual conference, Stamford Plaza, Brisbane. Paper presented: Advocacy in the FCC

Judge Evelyn Bender

Professional and other memberships

  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Judicial Advisory Group on Family Violence
  • Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Family Violence Taskforce
  • Women’s Legal Service Victoria: Small Claims, Large Battles Advisory Committee
  • Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Bill Steering Committee

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 24–25 August 2017, FCC, Plenary, Melbourne
  • 7 December 2017, Law Council of Australia, Junior Lawyer Seminar, Melbourne. Paper presented: Family violence: core business in family law
  • 21 March 2018, Law Institute of Victoria, continuing professional development intensive, Melbourne. Paper presented: News from the bench: recent developments in family law
  • 23 April 2018, Legal Aid New South Wales, Independent Children’s Lawyer national training program, Moore Park, Sydney. Paper presented: Dealing with victims in the courtroom/What the Court will want from the Independent Children’s Lawyer and unacceptable risk

Judge Anne Demack

Professional and other memberships

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Australian Association of Women Judges
  • Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Family Law Section

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 17 July 2017, opening of the law year, church service, and law service breakfast, with His Grace Archbishop Coleridge of Brisbane Rockhampton
  • 25 July 2017, meeting with Vicki Jackson, representative for Central and South Queensland Family Law Section (Law Council of Australia), Rockhampton
  • 27 July 2017, meet and greet, Legal Aid Queensland Board, Rockhampton
  • 21 August 2017, meeting with venue manager, Relationships Australia, Rockhampton
  • 4 September 2017, Magistrate Wilson’s farewell drinks, Mackay
  • 19 October 2017, Mackay Children’s Contact Centre, Annual General Meeting, guest speaker, Mackay
  • 20–22 October 2017, Central Queensland Law Association Conference, Rockhampton. Paper presented: Tips from the bench. Topics covered included the ‘five sins’ of written advocacy, the affidavit as a tool of persuasion and the preparation and execution of effective oral submissions
  • 5 December 2017, Mackay Family Pathways, Christmas drinks, guest speaker, Mackay
  • 15 December 2017, Central Queensland Law Association, Christmas function, Rockhampton
  • 9 March 2018, Justice McMeekin’s valedictory ceremony, Rockhampton
  • 23 April 2018, welcoming ceremony for Justice Crow, Rockhampton
  • 27 April 2018, farewell ceremony for Judge Coker, Townsville (via video link)
  • 20 June 2018, swearing-in ceremony for Magistrate Beckinsale and Magistrate Keegan, Brisbane
  • 22 June 2018, Family Law Practitioners Association, twilight seminar, guest speaker
  • 23 June 2018, Women’s Health Centre Charity Ball, Rockhampton

Judge Terry McGuire

Professional and other memberships

  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 22 November 2017, Northern Young Lawyers Tasmania, Launceston. Paper presented: Contravention applications – why bother?
  • 3 March 2018, Victoria Family Law Bar Association, Hobart summer seminar, opening address
  • 20 April 2018, Family Law Practitioners (Tasmania), Launceston, general discussion

Judge David Dunkley

Professional and other memberships

  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 11–13 October 2017, Family Court of New Zealand, Family Court judges triennial conference, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 16 November 2017, LegalWise Seminars, Family Law Forum, Children, Parents and Domestic Violence, Sydney. Paper presented: Interim proceedings: how to capture the Court’s attention
  • 2–4 July 2018, Law on the Lounge XVI, Bali Family Law Conference, Bali, Indonesia

Judge Barbara Baker

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 24 October 2017, Hobart Family Law Pathways Network. Discussion: Role of the FCC
  • 26 April 2018, Collage of Law, legal practice students, Hobart. Paper presented: Overview of the FCC
  • 4 May 2018, Moot Court, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Paper presented: Presiding over interim hearings for legal practice
  • 19 May 2018, family law practitioners, 2018 State Conference: Judges Panel Member
  • 1 June 2018, Guest Lecturer, University of Tasmania. Paper presented: Procedure in the FCC

Judge Geoffrey Monahan

Professional and other memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Association of International Family Judges
  • Law Council of Australia, Family Law Section
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Senior Vice Chair, Judges Forum, International Bar Association
  • Family Law Review, Thomson Reuters Australia, Editorial Board (ongoing), and Editor, Recent cases (ongoing)

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 14 September 2017, Television Education Network Pty Ltd, 11th Annual Estate Planning Conference, Gold Coast. Presented: Family law, inheritance and asset protection
  • 8–13 October 2017, International Bar Association, annual conference 2017, Sydney
  • 9 October 2017, convenor, tour of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queen’s Square, Sydney
  • 11 October 2017, convenor, tour of the FCoA and FCC, Lionel Bowen Building, Sydney
  • 1 June 2018, Thai Court Administration Delegation, visit to the Sydney registry. Presented: The impact of technology on family law

Judge Josephine Willis AM

Professional and other memberships

  • The Australian and International Association of Women’s Judges
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Judicial Council of Australia
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Family Law Practitioners Association Queensland
  • North Queensland Women’s Legal Service (Life Member)
  • Judicial Wellbeing Committee (FCC)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access to Justice Committee (FCC)
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group Chair (FCC)

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 5–9 October 2017, Judicial Conference of Australia, colloquium 2017, Hobart
  • 8 March 2018, Far North Queensland Law Association, International Women’s Day breakfast, Cairns, keynote speaker
  • 24–26 May 2018, North Queensland Law Association, Cairns, panel session: Open mic with members of the judiciary
  • 30 May 2018, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Mentor, Far North Queensland Law Association, student mentor program
  • National Reconciliation Week event, Cairns registry

Judge Leanne Turner

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 14 July 2017, Family Law Practitioners Association and Queensland Law Society, Family Law Residential, Gold Coast. Paper presented: The ICE apocalypse. Possible impacts on children living in an ICE household
  • 13 October 2017, Family Court of New Zealand, Family Court judges triennial conference, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 29 November 2017, Child Dispute Services, FCC, Brisbane. Paper presented: Possible impacts on children living in an ICE household
  • 7 February 2018, Judge Egan’s welcome ceremony, Brisbane
  • 18 February 2018, Salvos Legal Humanitarian, Humanitarian and Family Law Conference, Brisbane. Paper presented: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
  • 8 June 2018, Queensland Law Society, Gold Coast Symposium, Gold Coast. Paper presented: Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start… evidence law essentials
  • 2–4 July 2018, Law on the Lounge XVI, Bali Family Law Conference, Bali, Indonesia. Paper presented: Possible impacts on children living in an ICE household
  • 5–7 July 2018, Lizard’s up-country tour, Bandung Family Law Conference, Bandung, Indonesia. Paper presented: A walk through a Stanford scenario

Judge Jo Harman

Professional and other memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (USA and Australian Chapter)
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Resolution Institute
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Greater Western Sydney Family Pathways

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • Coordinator and presenter of the continuing legal education program on behalf of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Family Law Committee, with 15 sessions presented in the year on topics of practical interest to young lawyers
  • 3 August 2017, New South Wales Police, domestic violence liaison officers annual state conference, Penrith
  • 15 September 2017, Mediation confidentiality and evidence gathering, University of Sydney.
  • 23 March 2018, What a family lawyer needs to do (or remember) to be a leader, College of Law, Sydney
  • 10 May 2018, The cost of family law disputes to society, Greater Western Sydney Family Pathways, Parramatta
  • 24 May 2018, information exchange and evidence gathering between the federal family law and state criminal jurisdictions, New South Wales Police prosecutors annual conference
  • 27 June 2018, The intersection of mediation, confidentiality and family violence, Central West Family Pathways, Dubbo
  • 28 June 2018, The intersection of mediation, confidentiality and family violence, Central West Family Pathways, Bathurst

Judge Alexandra Harland

Professional and other memberships

  • Australian Chapter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Vice President, Australian Chapter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Editorial Board Member Family Law Review
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • International Women Judges Association
  • International Family Judges Association
  • Judicial Conference Australia
  • Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales (Honorary Judicial Member)
  • Women Lawyers Northern Territory (Honorary Judicial Member)
  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (United States of America)
  • Chair, Judicial Education Committee, FCC
  • Co-chair joint FCC and Family Law Section, Junior Family Lawyer Seminar series committee
  • Australian Women Judges Association
  • International Committee, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (United States of America)
  • International Committee, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 7 August 2017, spoke with undergraduate students, Family Law Clinic, Deakin University, Melbourne
  • 17–19 August 2017, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Australian chapter conference, Melbourne. Paper presented: Addressing cultural issues when making decisions in the best interests of the children
  • 17–19 August 2017, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Australian chapter conference, Melbourne. Paper presented: Dilemmas and decisions in high conflict separation: a unique focus on children’s voices in seeking outcomes – a multidisciplinary dialogue
  • 17–19 August 2017, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Australian chapter conference, Melbourne. Session chair: Untested allegations of sexual abuse: the role of Family Report writers in assisting the Court
  • 5 September 2017, evening drinks with invitees from duty lawyer service hosted by FCC judiciary, Melbourne
  • 8 September 2017, Family Law Bar Association, dinner to celebrate the retirement of the Hon Diane Bryant AO QC, Melbourne
  • 26 September 2017, meet and greet, Family Law Pathways Network, Barwon South West Vic, Warrnambool
  • 26 October 2017, Dr Catherine Boland webcast: What happens behind therapy’s closed doors
  • 24 November 2017, Family Law Bar Association, 2017 end of the year celebration dinner, Melbourne
  • 25 November 2017, Australian Association of Woman Judges, dinner to celebrate the retirement of the Hon Diane Bryant AO QC, Melbourne
  • 13 February 2018, panel member, seminar on the New Practice Direction and other developments in the FCC, hosted by Victorian Bar, Melbourne
  • 6 March 2018, meet and greet, Family Law Pathways Network, Barwon South West Victoria, Warrnambool
  • 20–21 April 2018, Law Institute of Victoria, Family Law Residential, Inverloch

Judge Salvatore Vasta

Professional and other memberships

  • Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Medico-Legal Society of Queensland
  • International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) – honorary member and member of the IAP Senate
  • National Relief Management Judge
  • National Practice Area Committee (FCC)
  • Education Committee (FCC)
  • Judicial Wellbeing Committee (FCC)
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Committee (FCC)

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 9–15 September 2017, IAP Conference, Beijing. Chaired session: Corporate responsibility for human rights
  • 6–8 October 2017, Judicial Conference of Australia, colloquium, Hobart
  • 18 August 2017, Clubs Australia, Sydney. Paper presented: Recent decisions in the FCC
  • 30 November 2017, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., annual judges’ dinner, Brisbane
  • 26 January 2018, Inspection of Bravehearts Pilot Contact Centre, Arundel
  • 4–8 March 2018, Prosecutor training for online sexual exploitation of children, Cebu, Philippines. Papers presented: How to present digital evidence to a court and perspective of the trial judge

Judge Justin Smith

Professional and other memberships

  • National Judicial College of Australia
  • French-Australian Lawyers Society

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 6–8 October 2017, Judicial Conference of Australia, colloquium 2017, Hobart
  • 10 February 2018, Law Council of Australia, Immigration Law Conference 2018, Adelaide. Paper presented: The future of migration law

Judge Joshua Wilson

Professional and other memberships

  • Association of International Family Judges
  • Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • General Council, International Association of Judges
  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • 4 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London
  • Professor of Law, Deakin University
  • Vice Chairman, International Advocacy Training Council (London and Hong Kong)
  • Deputy Chair of Council, International House, University of Melbourne
  • Professorial Advisory Board, Professorial Advisory Board, Deakin University
  • Steering committee, Hong Kong International Commercial Law conference

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 12–16 November 2017, International Association of Judges conference, Santiago, Chile
  • 6 December 2017, presentation by Dr Herb Lin, Cyber security law
  • 23 February 2018, Asian Australian Lawyers Association, Elder law seminar, Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne
  • 26 February 2018, Melbourne Law School, Asian Law Centre, luncheon for Judge Takemura (Japan) and Judge Bae (South Korea)
  • 17 March and 2 June 2018, Judicial Conference of Australia, meeting
  • 8 May 2018, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Understanding family violence, Melbourne
  • 24–26 May 2018, Bottled Snail Productions, musical and theatrical cultural production company, the purpose of which is to alleviate mental health issues in the legal fraternity; patron and cast member, Famous cases in song
  • 29 May 2018, FCoA and FCC, keynote speaker, reconciliation week morning tea, Melbourne

Judge Amanda Tonkin

Professional and other memberships

  • Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
  • Judicial Conference of Australia

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 16 August 2017, Women Lawyers Association ACT, mentoring lunch, Canberra. Paper presented: Litigation mentoring – perspective from the bench
  • 22 March 2018, Financial abuse seminar, collaboration between the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, Care Financial, Consumer Law and the Family Law Pathways Network, Canberra. Panel member
  • 17 May 2018, Bond University, Alumni Dinner, Gold Coast

Judge Gregory Egan

Professional and other memberships

  • Judicial Associate Member, Bar Association of Queensland

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 18 December 2018, FCC, swearing-in ceremony, Brisbane
  • 7 February 2018, FCC, welcome ceremony for Judge Egan, Brisbane
  • 7 February 2018, Squadron Leader Kevin B Egan RFD, cocktail party to celebrate the appointment of Judge Egan, Brisbane
  • 16 April 2018, Family Law Practitioners Association, welcome cocktail party, Inns of Court, Brisbane
  • 7 June 2018, Sunshine Coast Family Law Practitioners Association, cocktail party for Judge Egan, Maroochydore

Judge Christopher Kendall

Professional and other memberships

  • Judicial Conference of Australia
  • West Australian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Editorial Board of Intellectual Property Forum: The Journal of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
  • Migration Working Group
  • Legal Committee (FCC)
  • Judicial Education Committee (FCC)
  • National Practice Advisory Committee (FCC)
  • Judicial Wellbeing Committee, Judicial Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Perth (FCC)

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 28 February 2018, welcome ceremonial sitting for Justice Banks-Smith and Justice Colvin, Perth
  • 9 March 2018, Law Society of Western Australia, community liaison
  • 17 April 2018, FCC, Judge Altobelli − mental health seminar, Perth
  • 9 May 2018, Seminar on Refugee Law, Professor James Hathaway, Perth
  • 15 May 2018, Migration Practice Group update, Justice Smith, Perth
  • 27–29 May 2018, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, national conference. Paper presented: Appeals from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to the FCC – an overview of jurisdictional error
  • 6 June 2018, swearing in, Brigadier G Warner, Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Perth
  • 12 June 2018, seminar on appeals − Chief Justice Allsop, Perth

Judge Caroline Kirton

Professional and other memberships

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Building Dispute Practitioners Society
  • Society of Construction Lawyers
  • Family Law Section Law Council of Australia
  • Asian Australian Lawyers Association

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 22–27 July 2018, National Judicial College of Australia, Judicial Orientation Program, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Judge Julia Baird

Professional and other memberships

  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand

Conferences or events attended during the year

  • 11 April 2018, The Women’s Club, Justice and Democracy Circle, Sydney. Speaker and interviewee: In conversation with Judge Julia Baird (perspective of a recently appointed judge)
  • 1 May 2018, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, New South Wales Twilight Seminar, Sydney, Diversity – why it’s good for your brand. Chairperson leading panel discussion with panel participants: Natalie Fagg, Head of Customer and Community, Sydney Swans; Samantha Turner, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Westpac Group; and Danielle Kelly, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • 16 May 2018, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, New South Wales Twilight Panel Discussion, celebrating women in STEM, Sydney
  • 17 May 2018, New South Wales Bar Association, A day with judges, bar practice course, Sydney, judicial mentor of a reader
  • 31 May 2018, Sydney University Law Society, Federal Constitutional Law Moot Grand Final 2018, Sydney. Presiding judge of moot (grand final) with Dr Anne Twomey and Geoffrey Watson SC
  • 14 June 2018, Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, New South Wales Twilight Seminar, Sydney, attendee and post seminar dinner with speaker (Clive Elliott QC)
  • 22 June 2018, New South Wales Bar Association, 2018 Tutors and Readers Dinner, Sydney, guest of honour and dinner speaker

Appendix 7

Contact details

Chambers of the Chief Judge

Chief Judge William Alstergren
GPO Box 9991, Melbourne VIC 3001
Phone: (03) 8600 4366
Fax: (03) 8600 4493

Office of the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar

Dr Stewart Fenwick
GPO Box 9991, Melbourne VIC 3001
Phone: (03) 8600 3963

National Enquiry Centre

The National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email enquiries on family law (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court) matters. The NEC provides information and procedural advice, forms and brochures, and referrals to community and support services. NEC staff cannot provide legal advice.

Link to live chat
Need help with Family Law? Chat Online

Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Phone: 1300 352 000

International: +61 2 8892 8590

Postal Address: PO Box 9991, Parramatta NSW 2124

TTY/voice calls: Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or for Speak and Listen calls contact 1300 555 727

Website

www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

www.comcourts.gov.au (Commonwealth Courts Portal)

Email

General federal law enquiries: customer.service@federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

Family law enquiries: enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au

Commonwealth Courts Portal: support@comcourts.gov.au

Communication enquiries: communication@familylawcourts.gov.au

Social media

Twitter: www.twitter.com/fedcctcourtAU

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/federalcircuitcourt

Family law registries

* These registries share counter services with the Federal Court of Australia

Australian Capital Territory

*Canberra

Nigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts
Cnr University Avenue and Childers Street
Canberra ACT 2600

New South Wales

Albury

463 Kiewa Street (L1)
Albury NSW 2640

Dubbo

Cnr Macquarie and Wingewarra Streets
Dubbo NSW 2830

Lismore

Westlawn Building (L2)
29–31 Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW 2480

Newcastle

61 Bolton Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

Parramatta

Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts
1–3 George Street
Parramatta NSW 2123

Sydney

Lionel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts
97–99 Goulburn Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Wollongong

43 Burelli Street (L1)
Wollongong NSW 2500

Northern Territory

*Darwin

Supreme Court Building
State Square
Darwin NT 0800

Queensland

Brisbane

Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts
119 North Quay, Cnr North Quay and Tank Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Cairns

Commonwealth Government Centre (L3 & 4)
104 Grafton Street
Cairns QLD 4870

Rockhampton

Virgil Power Building(GF)
46 East Street, Cnr Fitzroy Street
Rockhampton QLD 4700

Townsville

Commonwealth Centre (L2)
143 Walker Street
Townsville QLD 4810

South Australia

Adelaide

Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts
3 Angas Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Tasmania

*Hobart

Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts
39–41 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Launceston

ANZ Building (L3)
Cnr Brisbane and George Streets
Launceston TAS 7250

Victoria

Dandenong

53–55 Robinson Street
Dandenong VIC 3175

Melbourne

Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts
305 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

General federal law registries

All enquiries should be directed to the relevant registry. Contact details follow.

TTY/voice calls: Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or for Speak and Listen calls contact 1300 555 727.

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

Nigel Bowen
Commonwealth Law Courts
Cnr University Avenue and Childers Street
Canberra ACT 2601

Ph: (02) 6267 0566
Fax: (02) 6267 0625
E: actman@fedcourt.gov.au

New South Wales

Sydney

Law Courts Building (L17)
Queens Square
Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9230 8567
Fax: (02) 9230 8295
E: nswdr@fedcourt.gov.au

Northern Territory

Darwin

Supreme Court Building (L3)
State Square
Darwin NT 0800

Ph: (08) 8941 2333
Fax: (08) 8941 4941
E: ntreg@fedcourt.gov.au

Queensland

Brisbane

Harry Gibbs
Commonwealth Law Courts (L6)
119 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

Ph: (07) 3248 1100
Fax: (07) 3248 1260
E: qldreg@fedcourt.gov.au

South Australia

Adelaide

Roma Mitchell
Commonwealth Law Courts (L5)
3 Angas Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Ph: (08) 8219 1000
Fax: (08) 8219 1001
E: sareg@fedcourt.gov.au

Tasmania

Hobart

Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts
39–41 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Ph: (03) 6232 1715
Fax: (03) 6232 1701
E: tasreg@fedcourt.gov.au

Victoria

Melbourne

Owen Dixon
Commonwealth Law Courts
305 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: (03) 8600 3333
Fax: (03) 8600 3351
E: vicreg@fedcourt.gov.au

Western Australia

Perth

Peter Durack
Commonwealth Law Courts
1 Victoria Avenue
Perth WA 6000

Ph: (08) 9268 7100
Fax: (08) 9224 8360
E: waregistry@fedcourt.gov.au

Appendix 8

Information required by other legislation

Legislation

Page reference

Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016

7

Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Act 2012

78

Family Law Act 1975

11, 21, 52, 54, 78, 79, 116, 126

Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

20, 31, 70, 78, 86, 88

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976

78

Freedom of Information Act 1982

78, 115, 116, 117

Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012

78

Privacy Act 1988

24, 26, 115, 117

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

86, 87

Public Service Act 1999

86, 87, 111, 112