ALRC Review of the Family Law System

Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA) has made a submission in response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Review of the Family Law System Discussion Paper.  In this submission, we consider proposals made by the ALRC to improve the family law system and make it safer for family violence victim-survivors and their children.

We support several of the proposals discussed in the ALRC Discussion Paper. We note the 2014 Productivity Commission recommendation to increase legal assistance funding in civil law, including family law, by an additional $200 million a year, and we highlight the need for any future changes to the family law system to be adequately resourced.

We continue to call for the family law system to prioritise safety and we discuss the importance of putting safeguards in place for victim-survivors to ensure their safety and the safety of their children.

We also continue to advocate for greater accessibility to the family law system and for better recognition and understanding of diversity. We highlight the importance of the family law system being family violence, child abuse and trauma informed; culturally competent; and disability aware.

Read the WLSA submission to the ALRC here.