The Family Law budget for the next 4 years was revealed by the Morrison Government on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
We look at what the budget means for family law.
Under the specific measures provision $133 million is allocated to family law and child support programs.
The further detail of the proposed expenditure for family law includes:
- $35.7 million for additional resources and judges for the Federal Circuit Court to ensure timely case hearings
- $4.8 million for the Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties Scheme
- $2.5 million over the next two financial years to resource special listing measures required as a response to COVID-19
- $7.7 million for upgrades to the Launceston and Rockhampton Federal Circuit Court Registries
- $2.5 million to transition the Family Court of Western Australia to a new case management system
- $1.8 million to criminalise Family Court order breaches and funding to extend the Help is Here advertising campaign
Family Law budget for the next 4 years
An additional $87.3 million has been allocated towards supporting family law & relationship services. This includes government funded mediation and family dispute resolution services. Alongside this, it will include ongoing funding to the national counselling helpline 1800RESPECT. This helpline supports Australians impacted by domestic violence.
Figures were taken from www.budget.com.au & Attorney General’s media release dated 6 October 2020 and Liberal Government Media Release 6 October 2020.
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