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Launch of a new National Contravention List

Senator the Hon Amanda Stoker
Media Release

Assistant Attorney-General Senator Amanda Stoker has welcomed the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's establishment of a new list to address long-standing issues of non-compliance with court orders made in family law proceedings.

The National Contravention List will commence from September this year.

Senator Amanda Stoker said the move follows a recommendation by the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System in March this year.

"Parties must comply with court orders and too often that does not happen. When Australians call on the court to help them achieve a just resolution of difficult issues arising from relationship breakdown, they are entitled to expect that those orders will be enforced," said Senator Stoker.

"This List means a more streamlined approach to fixing ongoing non-compliance issues, which have been raised often by the community," she said.

"Crucially, applications will be given a first return court date within 14 days of filing, which is a major step towards ensuring less time and money wasted by litigants and a stronger level of confidence in our court system."

Senator Stoker congratulated Chief Justice Alstergren for his work in establishing the List.

A new Practice Direction and Application form for the new Contravention List will accompany the commencement of the list.