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The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (the Court) brings together the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and commenced on 1 September 2021. The new Court aims to allow Australian families the opportunity to resolve their disputes faster through simplified procedures and is now a single point of entry for all family law matters.
The Court’s family law jurisdiction includes:
- applications for divorce
- applications for spousal maintenance
- property and financial disputes
- parenting orders
- enforcement of orders
- location and recovery orders:
- warrants for the apprehension or detention of a child
- determination of parentage.
Judges can review some decisions, including some decisions of:
- the Minister for Immigration
- Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
- the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- the Immigration Assessment Authority.
General federal law
The Court’s general federal law jurisdiction includes:
- administrative law
- admiralty law
- consumer law
- human rights
- industrial (eg. the Fair Work jurisdiction)
- intellectual property
The Court shares this jurisdiction with the Federal Court and in some cases state courts.