#DFVPM2022 #EndDFV #notnownotevertogether The month of May in Queensland is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month (“DFVP Month”). DFVP Month aims to raise awareness of domestic and family violence in the community, and to communicate Queensland’s position that domestic and family violence is not tolerated. In 2022, the theme for DFVP month is ‘All of … Read more

Domestic and Family Violence 2022 QLD Reforms

In a historic and groundbreaking move, on 10 May 2022 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a suite of Queensland reforms addressing domestic and family violence.   In a joint statement, The Queensland Premier and the Attorney General, Shannon Fentiman, provided an overview of the updates including:   “New laws and programs to recognise, prevent and punish coercive control … Read more

The Ongoing Fight against Domestic Violence

As a widespread community issue, domestic violence is a top national priority for the Australian Government. Annually, violence against women costs the government $26 billion. [1] This includes the costs associated with increased demand within the health system and justice system, and the impact on employment. [2] In its fight against domestic violence, the Australian Government recently allocated $150 million within the 2020-2021 … Read more


When people separate from their spouse or de facto partner, there are generally two main issues that the parties focus on: parenting arrangements for the children of the relationship (if any) and the division of their property. There is a clear framework in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) (“the Act”) regarding these two matters. … Read more

Case Note: Clayton & Bant [2020] HCA 44

In the recent decision of Clayton & Bant [2020] HCA 44, the High Court of Australia considered whether a decision made by a Dubai Court precluded a party from seeking orders in the Family Court of Australia. Background Ms Clayton and Mr Bant married in the United Arab Emirates (“the UAE”) and had one child … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: Home deposits as low as 2%? The proposed measure to support single mothers and parents

At present, the Australian housing market presents a major challenge for the Federal Government. There is a significantly high demand for acquiring housing and property, whilst very little supply is available. This is especially problematic for disadvantaged members of society, such as single parents (especially mothers) with children – balancing supporting a household by themselves, … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: The 2021-22 Federal Budget – What it promises for the domestic and family violence sector and what to expect

On 11 May 2021, The Hon. Joshua Frydenberg (Federal Treasurer) delivered the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This Budget emphasized a significant focus on women’s safety and health, especially as it relates to domestic violence. This article addresses the expenditure for domestic and family violence victims. According to the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare, women … Read more