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A new Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA)

As of 1 January 2019, a new Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) will be established by way of amalgamating the current Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia. The restructure is intended to create “a single federal point of entry for all Australian family law matters”, to be complimented by streamlined court rules, procedures, forms, etc. Features of the new FCFCA: - The new FCFCA will have two divisions: o Division 1: Dealing only with family law matters (akin to the Family Court) o Division 2: Dealing with both family law and general family law matters (akin to the Federal Circuit Court) - The FCFCA will maintain exist

ACCSA Campaigns for a Mandatory Accreditation Requirement for all Children's Contact Services Op

The Australian Children's Contact Services, the founding organisation of Children's Contact Services in Australia, is campaigning that government regulation be enacted for the accreditation of all CCSs. This campaign is based upon the need for the provision of safe, qualified and accountable CCS service provision to vulnerable children and their families. At present, privately operated CCSs function under no oversight or practice requirements and are not accountable to any authority should clients have issues and concerns regarding the service provided. ACCSA receives emails from clients about the practices of some private services on a regular basis but is neither empowered nor resource

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