Budget 2018: Much Ado About Nothing

There is almost no change in Family Law in this year's budget - and that is a problem. WHAT'S IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET? Hidden away on page 149 of the third portfolio budgetary statement for 2018-19 are four paragraphs which outline the current state of the family law courts in Australia. Running at a mild loss in 2017-18 (around $2.5million) it is hoped that internal efficiencies will take up this slack in coming years. The overall funding for the Federal Circuit Court, the main workhorse court for family law and many other areas, remains almost unchanged at around $95million. A few changes are coming, however: - Despite still being in front of a Senate inquiry, the new Parenting Panels have b

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