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Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry – get involved!

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is conducting the first comprehensive review into the family law system since the Family Law Act commenced more than forty years ago. The ALRC’s aim is to make necessary reforms to ensure the family law system meets the contemporary needs of families, provides early and cost-effective resolution of family law disputes and effectively addresses family violence and child abuse.

The ALRC released an Issues Paper on 14 March 2018, and is calling for submissions by 7 May 2018. Further details about the inquiry are here.

This is an important opportunity for your voice to be heard on what could be done to improve the family law system. And if your voice is not heard, there is a risk that other voices will dominate.

Click here for the WLSA Advocacy Guide to assist you in responding to this inquiry.

What can you do?

For family violence survivors

We call on family violence survivors who have been through the family law process to tell the ALRC about their experience.

The ALRC is keen to hear from people who have recent family law experiences (particularly over the past five years) that may illustrate some of the current problems. You can do this anonymously (in up to 750 words) through the Tell Us Your Story portal on the ALRC website at www.alrc.gov.au/content/tell-us-your-story. The Tell Us Your Story portal closes on 7 May 2018.

You can also make a written submission to the ALRC by 7 May 2018.

For service providers

We call on family violence and community service providers to:

  • Encourage your family violence survivor clients to participate in the ALRC process, where appropriate, and provide support to them if necessary
  • Make a written submission to the ALRC
  • Let other service providers working with family violence survivors know about this inquiry and encourage them to participate.