Review of the Family Law System

Issues Paper Released along with a call for submissions

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released an Issues Paper for its Review of the Family Law System on the 14 March 2018 and is calling for submissions from the public.

The Issues Paper provides a discussion of issues identified in the Terms of Reference and asks questions about how they could be addressed.

The ALRC invites submissions in response to the 47 questions and analysis in the Issues Paper, which is available on the ALRC website at

Submissions close 7 May 2018

Do you have a Story to Tell about Family Law in Australia?

People who have had recent experiences with the system have an opportunity to share these with the ALRC anonymously through a Tell Us Your Story portal on the ALRC website –

These are not formal submissions, they are stories are for the Australian Law Reform Commission use only. The purpose of receiving these stories, or case studies, is to help them understand the different ways in which the family law system may be failing individuals and families or where there have been positive experiences that they should build on. They are particularly interested to hear about experiences within the past 5 years.

Prohibition on disclosing information about family court proceedings

If you make a contribution make sure that you are not breaching a Family Court or other court order in regards to disclosure of information.  You may have to withhold names and other identifying information. For example, it is an offense under Section 102PK of the Family Law Act 1975 to contravene a suppression order or a non-publication order made under s 102PE of the Family Law Act 1975.

The Tell us Your Story portal will also close on 7 May 2018.



Review of the Family Law System

by Paul Kenna Law time to read: 1 min