Family Court Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Bill No.14

SynopsisThe purpose of this Bill is to amend the Family Court Act 1997 (WA) to provide better protection for children and families at risk of violence and abuse. The Bill makes amendments to:
  • prioritise the safety of children in parenting matters;
  • change the definitions of 'abuse' and 'family violence';
  • require family consultants, family counsellors, family dispute resolution practitioners and legal practitioners to prioritise the safety of children;
  • ensure the courts have better access to evidence of abuse and family violence by improving reporting requirements; and
  • make it easier for state and territory child protection authorities to participate in family law proceedings where appropriate.

StatusAssented to 10/04/2013
Royal Assent given 4 Oct 2013 as Act No. 13 of 2013. For details refer to the Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)

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Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 08/14/2013  
First Reading 08/14/2013  
Second Reading 08/14/2013  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 09/26/2013  
Third Reading 09/26/2013  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 06/12/2013  
First Reading 06/12/2013  
Second Reading 06/12/2013  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 08/13/2013  
Third Reading 08/13/2013