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The key legislation that underpins Family Law
  • Family Law Act 1975
  • Evidence Act
  • Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
  • Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988

Table of Acts


Notes to the Family Law Act 1975
Note 1
The Family Law Act 1975 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 53, 1975 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For application, saving or transitional provisions made by the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006, see Act No. 46, 2006.

All relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions prior to 29 November 2000 is not included in this compilation. For subsequent information see Table A.
 
Acts relating to Family Law
Act Number
and year
Date
of Assent
Date of commencement Application, saving or transitional provisions
Family Law Act 1975 53, 1975 12 June 1975 5 Jan 1976 (see Gazette 1975,
No. G35, p. 2)
 
Family Law Amendment Act 1976 63, 1976 8 June 1976 Ss. 1, 2, 17, 18 and 39: Royal Assent
Ss. 29 and 30:
5 Jan 1976
Remainder: 1 July 1976
S. 19(2)
Family Law Amendment Act (No. 2) 1976 95, 1976 28 Sept 1976 28 Sept 1976
Marriage Amendment Act 1976 209, 1976 20 Dec 1976 Ss. 1, 2 and 30: Royal Assent
Ss. 14 and 31:
1 July 1976
Remainder: 20 June 1977 (see Gazette 1977, No. S93)
Family Law Amendment Act 1977 102, 1977 11 Oct 1977 11 Oct 1977
Family Law Amendment Act 1979 23, 1979 5 Apr 1979 Ss. 4, 10, 11,
12(a), 17 and 23:
1 Aug 1979 (see Gazette 1979,
No. S154)
Remainder: Royal Assent
Ss. 18(2), 19(2) and 22(2)
Domicile (Consequential Amendments) Act 1982 2, 1982 4 Mar 1982 1 July 1982 (see
s. 2 and Gazette 1982, No. G26,
p. 2)
Family Law Amendment (Legal Aid Costs) Act 1983 67, 1983 20 Oct 1983 20 Oct 1983
Family Law Amendment Act 1983 72, 1983 28 Oct 1983 Part I (ss. 1, 2): Royal Assent
Part II (ss. 3–72):
25 Nov 1983
Part III (ss.
73–76): 2 Jan 1985 (see Gazette 1984,
No. S532)
Ss. 3(2), 18(2), (3), 19(2), 44(2), (3), 51(2) and 68(2)
Public Service Reform Act 1984 63, 1984 25 June 1984 S. 152(1): 20 July 1984 (see Gazette 1984, No. S276) (a)
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1984 72, 1984 25 June 1984 S. 3: (b) Ss. 2(24) and 5(1)
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1984 165, 1984 25 Oct 1984 S. 3: (c) S. 6(1)
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985 65, 1985 5 June 1985 S. 3: 3 July 1985 (d)
Public Service and Statutory Authorities Amendment Act 1985 166, 1985 11 Dec 1985 S. 45: 8 Jan 1986 (e) S. 45(2)
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1985 193, 1985 16 Dec 1985 S. 3: Royal Assent (f) Ss. 10 and 16
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1986 76, 1986 24 June 1986 S. 3: Royal Assent (g) S. 9
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1986 168, 1986 18 Dec 1986 S. 3: Royal Assent (h) S. 5(1)
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987 141, 1987 18 Dec 1987 S. 3: Royal Assent (i) S. 5(1)
Family Law Amendment Act 1987 181, 1987 26 Dec 1987 1 Apr 1988 (see Gazette 1988,
No. S83)
Ss. 64 and 66–68
S. 65 (am. by 8, 1988,
s. 45)
as amended by        
Family Court of Australia (Additional Jurisdiction and Exercise of Powers) Act 1988 8, 1988 5 Apr 1988 (see 8, 1988 below)
Family Court of Australia (Additional Jurisdiction and Exercise of Powers) Act 1988 8, 1988 5 Apr 1988 Ss. 1–11, 12(b), (c), (e), (f), 13–21, 27, 29 and 30: Royal Assent
S. 12(a) and (d): 1 Jan 1990
Remainder: 1 July 1988 (see Gazette 1988, No. S191)
as amended by        
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988 120, 1988 14 Dec 1988 Part XI (ss. 34, 35): 5 Apr 1988 (j)
Statutory Instruments (Tabling and Disallowance) Legislation Amendment Act 1988 99, 1988 2 Dec 1988 2 Dec 1988
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988 120, 1988 14 Dec 1988 Part XII (ss.
36–39): Royal Assent (k)
Ss. 37(2), 38(2) and 39(2)
Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 124, 1989 21 Sept 1989 1 Oct 1989 (see Gazette 1989,
No. S314)
Courts and Tribunals Administration Amendment Act 1989 157, 1989 5 Dec 1989 Part 1 (ss. 1, 2) and Part 6 (ss. 17, 18): Royal Assent
Remainder: 1 Jan 1990 (see Gazette 1989, No. S398)
S. 23
Family Law Amendment Act 1989 182, 1989 28 Dec 1989 25 Jan 1990 Ss. 21(2) and 23(2)
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1990 115, 1990 21 Dec 1990 Ss. 1, 2 and
40–49: Royal Assent
Ss. 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 20–23, 28, 30, 32, 33, 38 and 39: 4 Feb 1991 (see Gazette 1991, No. GN3, p. 278)
Remainder: 21 June 1991
Child Support Legislation Amendment Act 1990 138, 1990 28 Dec 1990 28 Dec 1990
Family Law Amendment Act 1991 37, 1991 27 Mar 1991 24 Apr 1991
Courts (Mediation and Arbitration) Act 1991 113, 1991 27 June 1991 Ss. 1 and 2: Royal Assent
Remainder: 27 Dec 1991
Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 1991 122, 1991 27 June 1991 Ss. 4(1), 10(b) and 15–20: 1 Dec 1988
Ss. 28(b)–(e), 30 and 31: 10 Dec 1991 (see Gazette 1991, No. S332)
Remainder: Royal Assent
S. 31(2)
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1991 136, 1991 12 Sept 1991 Schedule: 10 Oct 1991 (l)
Family Law Amendment Act (No. 2) 1991 159, 1991 25 Oct 1991 25 Oct 1991
Prime Minister and Cabinet Legislation Amendment Act 1991 199, 1991 18 Dec 1991 18 Dec 1991
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1992 22, 1992 13 Apr 1992 S. 3: Royal Assent (m)
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1992 23, 1992 6 May 1992 6 May 1992
Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 1992 94, 1992 30 June 1992 S. 3: 1 July 1990
Remainder: Royal Assent
Territories Law Reform Act 1992 104, 1992 30 June 1992 Ss. 1, 2, 25 and 26: Royal Assent
Ss. 9, 10, 19, 21 and 22: 29 June 1993 (see Gazette 1993, No. S196)
Remainder: 1 July 1992
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No. 4) 1992 143, 1992 7 Dec 1992 S. 3: (n)
Social Security Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1992 229, 1992 24 Dec 1992 Schedule 4
(items 1–3): Royal Assent (o)
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1994 84, 1994 23 June 1994 Part 5 (s. 35): (p)
Family Law Reform Act 1995 167, 1995 16 Dec 1995 Ss. 1, 2 and 54: Royal Assent
S. 52: 25 Jan 1996 (see Gazette 1996, No. S27)
Remainder: 11 June 1996 (see Gazette 1996, No. GN5)
Ss. 52(2) and 59
Statute Law Revision Act 1996 43, 1996 25 Oct 1996 Schedule 4 (items 72–74): Royal Assent (q)
Family Law Amendment Act 1997 25, 1997 10 Apr 1997 10 Apr 1997
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1997 34, 1997 17 Apr 1997 Schedule 7: Royal Assent (r)
Child Support Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 84, 1997 23 June 1997 Schedule 1 (items 40, 41): 21 July 1997 (s)
Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997 152, 1997 24 Oct 1997 Schedule 2 (items 751–759): 1 Jan 1998 (see Gazette 1997, No. GN49) (t)
Family Law Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998 89, 1998 14 July 1998 14 July 1998
Statute Stocktake Act 1999 118, 1999 22 Sept 1999 22 Sept 1999
Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999 146, 1999 11 Nov 1999 Schedule 1 (items 439–454): 5 Dec 1999 (see Gazette 1999, No. S584) (u)
Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Act 1999 156, 1999 24 Nov 1999 Schedule 10 (item 83): 13 Mar 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. S114) (v)
Federal Magistrates (Consequential Amendments) Act 1999 194, 1999 23 Dec 1999 Schedule 11: 23 Dec 1999 (w)
Child Support Legislation Amendment Act 2000 49, 2000 3 May 2000 3 May 2000
Family Law Amendment Act 2000 143, 2000 29 Nov 2000 Schedule 3 (items 31A, 117): Royal Assent
Schedule 3 (item 41): (x)
Remainder: 27 Dec 2000
Sch. 1 (item 31) and Sch. 3 (items 20, 24, 40, 56, 56B, 75, 83) [see Table A]
Jurisdiction of Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2000 161, 2000 21 Dec 2000 21 Dec 2000 Sch. 1 (item 16) [see Table A]
Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001 24, 2001 6 Apr 2001 S. 4(1), (2) and Schedule 27: (y) S. 4(1) and (2) [see Table A]
Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) Act 2001 61, 2001 28 June 2001 28 Dec 2002 S. 4
S. 5 (as am. by 86, 2002, Sch. 5 [item 10]) [see Table A]
as amended by        
Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2002 86, 2002 11 Oct 2002 (see 86, 2002 below)
Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2001 114, 2001 18 Sept 2001 (z)
Abolition of Compulsory Age Retirement (Statutory Officeholders) Act 2001 159, 2001 1 Oct 2001 29 Oct 2001 Sch. 1 (item 97) [see Table A]
Family Law Amendment (Child Protection Convention) Act 2002 69, 2002 3 Sept 2002 Schedule 1: 1 Aug 2003 (see s. 2(1))
Remainder: Royal Assent
Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2002 86, 2002 11 Oct 2002 Ss. 1–3: Royal Assent
Remainder: 1 Jan 2003 (see s. 2(1) and Gazette 2002, No. GN44)
Family Law Legislation Amendment (Superannuation) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002 121, 2002 2 Dec 2002 Schedules 1–4: (za)
Remainder: Royal Assent
Family Law Amendment Act 2003 138, 2003 17 Dec 2003 Schedules 1–3, Schedule 4 (items 1, 3, 6–8, 14–19, 23, 24), Schedule 5 (items 2, 3) and Schedule 7 (items 1–19, 21–24,
27–29A, 32–35): 14 Jan 2004
Schedule 4 (items 2, 4, 5, 9–13,
20–22, 25–27), Schedule 5 (items 1A, 1, 4) and Schedule 7 (items 20, 25, 26, 30, 31): (zb)
Schedule 6: 17 Dec 2004
Remainder: Royal Assent
Sch. 2 (item 9), Sch. 3 (item 29), Sch. 4A (item 6), Sch. 6 (item 2) and Sch. 7 (item 35) [see Table A]
Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 140, 2003 17 Dec 2003 Schedule 1 (items 19–22): (zc)
Family Law Amendment (Annuities) Act 2004 153, 2004 15 Dec 2004 Schedule 1: (zd)
Schedule 2: 15 June 2005
Remainder: Royal Assent
S. 4 [see Table A]
Bankruptcy and Family Law Legislation Amendment Act 2005 20, 2005 18 Mar 2005 Schedule 1: 18 Sept 2005
Schedules 3–5: 15 Apr 2005
Remainder: Royal Assent
Sch. 1 (item 60) [see Table A]
Family Law Amendment Act 2005 98, 2005 6 July 2005 Schedule 1 (items 1–137): 3 Aug 2005
Schedule 1 (item 138): 18 Sept 2005
Schedule 1 (item 139): (ze)
Remainder: Royal Assent
Sch. 1 (items 4, 7, 14, 22, 35, 129, 131, 133, 135) [see Table A]
Jurisdiction of Courts (Family Law) Act 2006 22, 2006 6 Apr 2006 Schedule 1 (items 1–27): 1 July 2006 (see F2006L01796)
Schedule 1 (items 28–30): (zf)
Remainder: Royal Assent
Sch. 1 (item 27) [see Table A]
Jurisdiction of the Federal Magistrates Court Legislation Amendment Act 2006 23, 2006 6 Apr 2006 Schedule 2 (items 1, 2): 4 May 2006
Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 46, 2006 22 May 2006 Schedules 1 and 2: 1 July 2006 (see F2006L01775)
Schedule 3 (item  2–8), Schedule 4 (items 9–86,
118–138, 139),
Schedules 5–7, Schedule 8 (items 40–101, 103, 104) and Schedule 9 (items 6–16,
18–41, 43–66): 1 July 2006
Schedule 4 (items 1–8) and Schedule 10: Royal Assent
Sch. 1 (items
42–44), Sch. 2 (items
8–10), Sch. 3 (item 8), Sch. 4 (items 118–138, 139), Sch. 5 (items
14–16), Sch. 6 (items
2–4), Sch. 7 (item 2), Sch. 8 (items 103, 104) and Sch. 9 (items 65, 66) [see Note 1]
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation (2006 Budget and Other Measures) Act 2006 82, 2006 30 June 2006 Schedule 8: 1 July 2006 Sch. 8 (items
12–29) [see Table A]
Child Support Legislation Amendment (Reform of the Child Support Scheme—New Formula and Other Measures) Act 2006 146, 2006 6 Dec 2006 Schedule 2 (items 111–115): 1 July 2008
Schedule 3 (item 75): 1 Jan 2007
Sch. 2 (item 115) (am. by 82, 2007, Sch. 1 [item 99]) [see Table A]
as amended by        
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Act 2007 82, 2007 21 June 2007 Schedule 1 (item 99): (see 82, 2007 below)
Statute Law Revision Act 2010 8, 2010 1 Mar 2010 Schedule 2 (items 2, 3): (see 8, 2010 below)
Judiciary Legislation Amendment Act 2006 151, 2006 7 Dec 2006 7 Dec 2006
Statute Law Revision Act 2007 8, 2007 15 Mar 2007 Schedule 1 (items 9, 10): Royal Assent
Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Act 2007 15, 2007 15 Mar 2007 Schedule 1 (items 10–16,
406(1)–(3)): (zg)
Sch. 1 (item 406(1)–(3)) [see Table A]
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment (Child Support Reform Consolidation and Other Measures) Act 2007 82, 2007 21 June 2007 Schedule 1 (item 99): (zh)
Schedule 2 (items 101–113): 19 July 2007
Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Act 2007 116, 2007 28 June 2007 Schedule 1: 26 July 2007
Remainder:  Royal Assent
Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Act 2008 26, 2008 23 June 2008 Schedule 1 (items 61–64): Royal Assent
Statute Law Revision Act 2008 73, 2008 3 July 2008 Schedule 4 (items 289–293): 4 July 2008
Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 115, 2008 21 Nov 2008 Schedule 1 (items 1–4, 6–20, 22–93) and Schedule 4 (item 1): 1 Mar 2009 (see F2009L00264)
Schedule 1 (items 5, 21), Schedule 3, Schedule 3A and Schedule 4 (items 1A, 1B): Royal Assent
Sch. 1 (items 
85–93) and Sch. 3A (item 9) [see Table A]
Same‑Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Act 2008 144, 2008 9 Dec 2008 Schedule 2 (items 52A–52C): 10 Dec 2008 Sch. 2 (item 52C) [see Table A]
Access to Justice (Civil Litigation Reforms) Amendment Act 2009 117, 2009 4 Dec 2009 Schedule 3 (items 1–6, 14): 1 Jan 2010 Sch. 3 (item 14) [see Table A]
Federal Justice System Amendment (Efficiency Measures) Act (No. 1) 2009 122, 2009 7 Dec 2009 Schedule 3 (items 2, 5): Royal Assent
Schedule 5: 4 Jan 2010
Sch. 3 (item 5) [in part] and Sch. 5 (items 8, 8A, 17) [see Table A]
Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Act 2010 3, 2010 19 Feb 2010 Schedule 2 (item 10): 20 Feb 2010
Statute Law Revision Act 2010 8, 2010 1 Mar 2010 Schedule 1 (item 28): Royal Assent
Schedule 2 (items 2, 3): (zi)
Trans‑Tasman Proceedings (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2010 36, 2010 13 Apr 2010 Schedule 2 (items 13–16): [see s. 2(1) and Note 2]
Family Law Amendment (Validation of Certain Parenting Orders and Other Measures) Act 2010 147, 2010 16 Dec 2010 17 Dec 2010 Sch. 2 (item 3) [see Table A]
Statute Law Revision Act 2011 5, 2011 22 Mar 2011 Schedule 7 (item 58): 19 Apr 2011
Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Act 2011 21, 2011 12 Apr 2011 Schedule 1 (items 4, 5): 13 Apr 2011
Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011 46, 2011 27 June 2011 Schedule 2 (items 584–592) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011 Sch. 3 (items 10, 11) [see Table A]
Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 58, 2011 28 June 2011 Schedule 1 (items 83, 84): (zj)
Crimes Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2011 174, 2011 5 Dec 2011 Schedule 2 (items 155–194): 5 June 2012 Sch. 2 (item 194) [see Table A]
Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011 189, 2011 7 Dec 2011 Schedule 1: 7 June 2012
Schedule 2 (items 3–29,
31–38): Royal Assent
Schedule 2 (item 30): 4 Jan 2012
Sch. 1 (items 
44–48) and Sch. 2 (items 
31–38) [see Table A]
Family Law Amendment (Validation of Certain Orders and Other Measures) Act 2012 32, 2012 10 Apr 2012 Schedule 2: 21 Apr 2012 (see F2012L00894) Sch. 2 (item 4) [see Table A]

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