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2019 
THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
FEDERAL CIRCUIT AND FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA (CONSEQUENTIAL 
AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2019 
EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM 
(Circulated by authority of the 
Attorney-General, the Honourable Christian Porter MP) 

FEDERAL CIRCUIT AND FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA (CONSEQUENTIAL 
AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2019 
 
GENERAL OUTLINE 
 
1. 
The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and 
Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 (the Bill) makes consequential amendments and provides 
transitional provisions necessary to support the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
Bill 2019 (the FCFC Bill).  
2. 
The FCFC Bill would bring together the Family Court of Australia (the Family Court) 
and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Federal Circuit Court) together to be known as 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFC). The FCFC would comprise two 
‘divisions’. The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (FCFC 
(Division 1)) would be a continuation of the Family Court. The Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) (FCFC (Division 2)) would be a continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court. This structural reform of the federal courts is intended to:  
  create a consistent pathway for Australian families in having their family law 
disputes dealt with in the federal courts 
  improve the efficiency of the federal court system, and  
  ensure outcomes for Australian families are resolved in the most timely, informed 
and cost effective manner possible. 
 
3. 
To give effect to this structural reform, the Bill makes a number of amendments to 
Commonwealth laws to reflect and support the proposed operation of the FCFC Bill. These 
include: 
  amending the Family Law Act 1975 (Family Law Act) to ensure that it continues to 
operate effectively in the context of the FCFC and the newly created single point of 
entry of first instance family law and child support matters into the federal family law 
court system 
  amending the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Federal Court Act) to ensure 
consistent operation of the Federal Court Act with the FCFC Bill 
  amending the FCFC Bill, Family Law Act (and other Acts referring to Rules of Court 
made by the FCFC (Division 1) or FCFC (Division 2)) to reflect that after two years, 
Judges or a majority of judges of the FCFC (Division 1) would make the FCFC 
(Division 1) Rules of Court and the standard Rules of Court, and judges or a majority 
of judges of the FCFC (Division 2) would make the FCFC (Division 2) Rules of 
Court 
  repealing the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 as the majority of its 
provisions, as amended to account for the reforms, have been replicated in Chapter 4 
of the FCFC Bill, and  


  making minor consequential amendments to other Commonwealth Acts (to 
accommodate references to the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2)) 
 
4. 
This Bill would also ensure that appropriate transitional arrangements are in place for 
matters before the federal courts as at the date of commencement of the FCFC Act. In 
particular, this Bill: 
  provides a framework to preserve and transition the title and appointments of the 
Chief Justice and the Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court, Senior Judges and 
Judges of the Family Court and certain other personnel of the Family Court to the 
FCFC (Division 1) (Part 2 of Schedule 5) 
  provides a framework to preserve and transition the title and appointments of the 
Chief Judge and Judges of the Federal Circuit Court and certain other personnel of 
the Federal Circuit Court to the FCFC (Division 2) (Part 3 of Schedule 5), and 
  provides transitional arrangements for family law appeals which are on foot in the 
Family Court as at the commencement day, as well as appeals which are eligible to 
be filed as at the commencement day. 
 
5. 
For the avoidance of doubt, any first-instance proceedings on foot in the Family Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court as at the date of commencement of the FCFC Act would be heard 
in the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2), respectively. This arrangement 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) under the FCFC Bill.  
6. 
The establishment of the FCFC will increase efficiencies, reduce delays, and lead to 
better outcomes in the family law jurisdiction of the federal court system, particularly for 
those families interacting with the courts during stressful and difficult periods in their lives. 
Together, these changes will further support the long term financial sustainability of the 
federal court system, building upon court reform work undertaken in the context of the 2015-
16 Budget and aligning with ongoing efficiency work of the federal courts. 
FINANCIAL IMPACT 
 
7. 
As part of the 2018-19 Budget, the Government allocated $4.0 million to assist with 
the implementation costs of the structural reform of the federal courts.  
8. 
As part of the 2018-19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Government also 
provided a further $3.7 million over the forward estimates for an additional Judge to hear 
family law appeals. 
 


STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS 
Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and 
Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 
9. 
This Bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in 
the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) 
Act 2011

Overview of the Bill 
10. 
The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and 
Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 (the Bill) makes the necessary amendments to other 
Commonwealth Acts and Regulations affected by the passage of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 (the FCFC Bill). In particular, for general federal law 
matters (not including family law or child support), the Bill provides for transfers to be made 
from the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court of Australia (Federal Court), either pursuant 
to an order from the Federal Court (known as the ‘uplift power’) or an order from the FCFC 
(Division 2). The Bill supports the single point of entry for family law matters as introduced 
by the FCFC Bill through amending provisions to ensure proceedings are instituted in the 
FCFC (Division 2). The Bill also provides transitional arrangements for the introduction of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFC). 
11. 
Many of the amendments required to other legislation are nominal: references to the 
Family Court of Australia (Family Court) or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Federal 
Circuit Court) need to be updated to refer to the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2), 
respectively. As such, there are many rights that are tangentially engaged by the Bill, due to 
the legislation it amends. This tangential engagement with rights is not discussed in this 
statement of compatibility, as directed by the Committee.1 The Bill, however, does make 
some substantive changes. 
12. 
The Bill repeals Parts IV and IVA of the Family Law Act 1975, which provided for 
the creation and management of the Family Court. The FCFC Bill continues the Family Court 
as the FCFC (Division 1), and the new management provisions of that Court can be found 
there. The Bill also repeals Part X of the Family Law Act, which provided for appeals under 
that Act. Appeals are now largely provided for in the FCFC Bill. The Bill provides for 
appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  
13. 
Finally, the Bill makes arrangements to manage the transition from the Family Court 
and the Federal Circuit Court to the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2), respectively.  
 
 
                                                 
1 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Guidance Note 1: Drafting statements of compatibility 
(December 2014), p. 3. 


Human rights implications 
14. 
The Bill directly engages the following human rights: 
  right to a fair and public hearing: Article 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil 
and Political Rights (ICCPR)  
  right to an effective remedy: Article 2(3) of the ICCPR 
  rights of parents and children: Article 24(1) of the ICCPR, and Article 3 of the 
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 
  right to respect for the family: Article 23 of the ICCPR  
  right to security of the person: Article 9 of the ICCPR. 
Right to a fair and public hearing, and to an effective remedy – Article 14(1) and 2(3) of 
the ICCPR
 
15. 
Article 14(1) of the ICCPR enshrines the right of a person to have a fair and public 
hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Article 2(3) 
requires States to ensure that any person whose rights and freedoms as stipulated in the 
ICCPR are violated, that person shall have an effective remedy, which is to be determined by 
a competent judicial authority. This Bill engages both of these rights by creating an ‘uplift 
power’ for the Federal Court, and through the transitional provisions. 
Supporting a single point of entry into the federal family law court system 
16. 
Items 28 to 33, 37 to 47, 49 to 52, 57, 58, 63 to 68, 74, 75, 92 to 97 of the Bill 
promote the right to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial 
tribunal established by law under Article 14 of the ICCPR through facilitating a single point 
of entry into the federal family law court system. Items 37 to 47, 49 to 52, 74, 75, and 92 to 
94 confer original jurisdiction on the FCFC (Division 2), and items 28 to 33, 57, 58, 63 to 68 
and 95 to 97 provide for filing of applications, transfers from State and Territory courts and 
referrals of questions of law to the FCFC (Division 2). These items mean that matters will 
have to first pass through the FCFC (Division 2), enabling the single point of entry. Once 
proceedings are instituted in the FCFC (Division 2), family law and child support matters 
may then be transferred between the FCFC (Division 2) and the FCFC (Division 1). These 
items support the single point of entry into the federal family law court system and will 
provide Australian families with a greater certainty and consistency in their family law 
proceedings. These items will increase Australian families’ access to justice and promote the 
right to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal and the 
right to an effective remedy. See the FCFC Bill and explanatory material for further 
information. 
‘Uplift power’ 
17. 
Item 220 of Schedule 1 engages the right to a fair hearing, under Article 14 of the 
ICCPR, and engages the right to an effective remedy under Article 2(3) of the ICCPR. 
Item 220 introduces sections 32AC and 32AD into the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 
and creates an ‘uplift power’ for the Federal Court, which allows for a matter that is not a 


family law or child support proceeding to be transferred from the FCFC (Division 2) to the 
Federal Court, on the application of a party to the proceeding, or on the Federal Court’s own 
initiative. The factors to be taken into account in exercising this power may be set out in the 
Federal Court Rules 2011. While the power for the FCFC (Division 2) to transfer a 
proceeding to the Federal Court on its own motion is retained, this power ensures that the 
transfer would not come into effect unless the Federal Court is satisfied that it is appropriate 
that the proceeding be heard in the Federal Court. These provisions are proposed to prevent 
circumstances in which matters can be transferred to the Federal Court only to be transferred 
back to the Federal Circuit Court. This unnecessarily increases delay2 and cost, which can be 
prohibitive upon litigants in seeking an effective remedy. By providing the Federal Court an 
uplift power, item 220 rectifies these challenges currently faced by the courts and litigants 
and thus promotes both the right to a fair hearing under Article 14 and the right to an 
effective remedy under Article 2(3) of the ICCPR.  
Transitional provisions 
18. 
The transitional provisions in Schedule 5 of the Bill engage with the right to a fair and 
public hearing in Article 14(1) of the ICCPR and the right to an effective remedy in Article 
2(3) of the ICCPR. Schedule 5 provides the transitional arrangements for the court reform 
amendments. Schedule 5 provides for the continuity of the Family Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court, their Judges, staff, and decisions made by these offices. Schedule 5 also 
provides transitional arrangements for family law appeals that are on-foot as at the 
commencement day.  
19. 
Schedule 5 ensures that litigants who have filed an appeal in respect of their family 
law proceedings are not disadvantaged as a result of the commencement of this Bill on the 
commencement day. To the extent possible, Schedule 5 ensures continuity in appeals 
proceedings that have commenced prior to the restructure taking effect, minimising confusion 
and unnecessary delay, and ensuring that litigants’ right to a fair hearing and to an effective 
remedy are promoted. 
Rights of parents and children and right to respect for the family – Article 23 and 24(1) 
of the ICCPR, Article 3 of the CRC
 
20. 
Article 24(1) of the ICCPR also provides for the protection of all children, without 
discrimination, by virtue of their status as minors. This is elaborated upon in Article 3 of the 
CRC, which requires that in all actions concerning children, including by courts, the best 
interests of the child are to be a primary consideration. The right to respect for the family is 
contained in Article 23 of the ICCPR, which recognises the family as the natural and 
fundamental group unit within society, and it is entitled to protection by society and the State.  
Appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction 
21. 
Item 69 of Schedule 1 relates to appeals from State or Territory courts exercising 
summary jurisdiction under the Family Law Act to the FCFC (Division 1) or a State or 
Territory Supreme Court. Item 69 provides that an appeal may be dismissed if there are no 
reasonable prospects of success. This may be considered a limitation on the rights of parents 
                                                 
2 Human Rights Committee, General Common No. 32 – Article 14: Right to equality before the courts and 
tribunal and to a fair trial, 
90th sess, UN Doc CCPR/C/GC/32 (23 August 2007), para 27. 


and children, as well as the right to the respect of the family, as it inhibits the ability of a 
litigant to challenge a decision of the FCFC. The legitimate objective of this provision is to 
ensure that the appeal system is not overburdened by litigants who are dissatisfied with a 
decision, despite its correctness under the law. On this basis, item 69 is reasonable and 
necessary to ensure the efficient and expeditious operation of the Courts for litigants in the 
family law system. There is a rational connection between item 69 and the objective, as it 
provides for the opportunity for an initial consideration of the grounds of appeal, before 
dismissing the appeal on the basis that it is without reasonable prospects of success. The 
provision is considered proportionate as applications for appeal receive an initial 
consideration prior to dismissal. Therefore, to the extent that item 69 is considered a 
limitation on Articles 23 and 24(1) of the ICCPR, and Article 3 of the CRC, the limitation is 
permissible. 
Right to security of the person – Article 9 of the ICCPR 
Transitional provisions 
22. 
Item 38 of Part 5 of Schedule 5 provides for transitional rules, which include the 
power for the Minister to, by legislative instrument, make rules on prescribed matters of a 
transitional nature. Subitem 38(2) clarifies that the rules the Minister makes may not create 
an offence or provide powers of arrest or detention. This item engages Article 9 of the 
ICCPR, which provides that everyone has the right to liberty and security of the person and 
that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. By restricting the Minister’s 
power to makes Rules to matters that do not create offences or provide for powers of arrest or 
detention, item 38 ensures that the Minister cannot make Rules which subject a person to 
arbitrary arrest or detention. 
Conclusion 
23. 
The Bill is compatible with human rights because it promotes the protection of human 
rights and to the extent that it may limit human rights, those limitations are reasonable, 
necessary and proportionate to achieve the legitimate objectives of the Bill. 
 
 


NOTES ON CLAUSES 
List of abbreviations 
Family Court   
 
 
Family Court of Australia 
Family Law Act 
 
 
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) 
Family Law Rules 
 
 
Family Law Rules 2004 (Cth) 
FCFC (Division 1) Rules  
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) Rules 2019
 (Cth) 
FCFC (Division 1) 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) 
FCFC (Division 2) Rules  
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) Rules 2019
 (Cth) 
FCFC (Division 2) 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) 
FCFC   
 
 
 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
FCFC Bill 
 
 
 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 
Federal Circuit Court Act 
 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 (Cth) 
Federal Circuit Court Rules   
Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 (Cth) 
Federal Circuit Court   
 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia 
Federal Court Act 
 
 
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) 
Federal Court Rules   
 
Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) 
Federal Court   
 
 
Federal Court of Australia 
High Court 
 
 
 
High Court of Australia 
 
 
 
 


FEDERAL CIRCUIT AND FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA (CONSEQUENTIAL 
AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2019  

NOTES ON CLAUSES  
Clause 1 – Short title 
24. 
Clause 1 provides that this Act is the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2019. 
Clause 2 – Commencement 
25. 
Clause 2 provides the commencement dates of provisions of the Act, set out in a table. 
For example:  
  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in the Act not otherwise covered by the table commence 
on the day the Act receives the Royal Assent 
  Schedule 1, Parts 1 and 2, commence at the same time as the FCFC Act. The whole 
of that Act will commence on a single day fixed by Proclamation, or if the provisions 
do not commence within the period of six months beginning on the day the Act 
receives Royal Assent, they will commence on the day after the end of that period. 
26. 
Many of other commencement dates provided in the table are due to bills currently 
before the Parliament or Acts (or parts of Acts) yet to commence. This is why clause 2 
provides that provisions commence either at the commencement of these Acts (or parts of the 
acts), or at the same time as the FCFC Act, whichever is later. These provisions will not 
commence at all if the Acts (or parts of the Acts) do not commence.  
27. 
A note explains that this table relates only to the provisions of this Bill as originally 
enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments. 
28. 
Subclause 2(2) provides that any information in column 3 of the table is not part of 
this Bill. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in 
any published version of this Bill. 
Clause 3 – Schedules 
29. 
Clause 3 provides that legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is 
amended or repealed as set out by the relevant Schedule, and that any other item in a 
Schedule to this Act has effect in accordance with its terms. This clause is the formal 
enabling provision for the Schedules to the Bill.  
 
 
 


SCHEDULE 1 – AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT AND 
FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA 

PART 1—AMENDMENTS  
Family Law Act 1975 
Item 1 – Subsection 4(1) 
30. 
Subsection 4(1) provides a list of definitions which apply to the Family Law Act, the 
standard Rules of Court and the related Federal Circuit Court Rules.  
31. 
Item 1 omits ‘the standard rules of Court and the related Federal Circuit Court Rules, 
unless the contrary intention appears’ and substitutes ‘and the applicable Rules of Court’ to 
encompass the various Rules of Court which will now use these definitions. The definition of 
applicable Rules of Court is amended by item 3 of Schedule 1 of this Bill.  
Item 2 – Subsection 4(1) 
32. 
Item 2 repeals the definitions of administrative affairs, appeal and Appeal Division in 
subsection 4(1). These definitions are relevant to the structure, administration and function of 
the FCFC (defined in item 8 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill) 
and are no longer required in the Family Law Act. A replacement definition of administrative 
affairs is included in clause 7 of the FCFC Bill. The term ‘appeal’ is not defined in the FCFC 
Bill, but arrangements for appeals to the FCFC (Division 1) are set out in detail. While the 
FCFC (Division 1) will retain the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction, the FCFC 
(Division 1) will not have an Appeal Division, meaning this definition is redundant. 
Item 3 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of applicable Rules of Court
33. 
Item 3 repeals the definition of applicable Rules of Court in subsection 4(1) and 
substitutes a new definition to reflect the rules applicable to the courts exercising jurisdiction 
under the Family Law Act. The definition is expanded to cover the FCFC (Division 1), 
FCFC (Division 2) and any other relevant court. 
Item 4 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Chief Executive Officer
34. 
Item 4 repeals the existing definition of Chief Executive Officer in subsection 4(1) 
and substitutes a new definition: ‘Chief Executive Officer means the Chief Executive Officer 
and Principal Registrar of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1).’ 
This aligns with the definition of Chief Executive Officer in clause 7 of the FCFC Bill.  
35. 
In effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (Division 1) will be the Chief 
Executive Officer of the FCFC. While the Chief Executive Officer is appointed to the FCFC 
(Division 1), the FCFC Bill provides that the Chief Executive Officer is also to assist the 
Chief Judge in managing the administrative affairs of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 5 – Subsection 4(1) 
36. 
Item 5 repeals the existing definitions of Chief Justicecomplaintcomplaint handler 
and corporate services in subsection 4(1). These definitions are relevant to the structure and 
administration of the FCFC (defined in item 8 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by 
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the FCFC Bill. As such, they are no longer required in the Family Law Act. Definitions of 
those terms in the context of the FCFC are provided in clause 7 the FCFC Bill.  
Item 6 – Subsection 4(1) (at the end of the definition of court
37. 
Item 6 amends the existing definition of court in subsection 4(1) to ensure that a 
‘court’ for the purposes of the Family Law Act includes a court, in relation to any 
proceedings, exercising jurisdiction in those proceedings by virtue of the Family Law Act, 
the FCFC Bill, the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989, or the Child Support (Registration 
and Collection) Act 1988. 
This amendment recognises that each of those Acts and the 
FCFC Bill confer jurisdiction upon a number of courts, including the FCFC (defined in 
item 8 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill). 
Item 7 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Deputy Chief Justice
38. 
Item 7 repeals the existing definition of Deputy Chief Justice in subsection 4(1). This 
definition is relevant to the structure of the FCFC (defined in item 8, of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill). A definition of Deputy Chief Justice in the context 
of the FCFC is provided in clause 7 of the FCFC Bill. 
Item 8 – Subsection 4(1) 
39. 
Item 8 inserts a new definition of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
in subsection 4(1) of the Family Law Act. The ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia
’ is defined as the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2). The FCFC is 
provided for by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill. Reference in the Family Law Act to the FCFC 
should be read as a reference to the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2). 
40. 
Item 8 also inserts a new definition of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) Rules in subsection 4(1) of the Family Law Act. The practice and procedure of 
the FCFC (Division 1) will be governed by a set of rules made under Chapter 3 of the 
FCFC Bill, rather than rules made under section 123 of the Family Law Act. 
Item 9 – Subsection 4(1) 
41. 
Item 9 repeals the definitions of Federal Circuit Court and Federal Circuit Court 
Chief Executive Officer in subsection 4(1). These definitions are relevant to the structure, 
administration and function of the FCFC (Division 2) as provided for by the FCFC Bill. A 
definition of Chief Executive Officer in the context of the FCFC is provided in clause 7 of the 
FCFC Bill. The definition of Federal Circuit Court is no longer required because of the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), as provided in clause 8 of 
the FCFC Bill. 
Item 10 – Subsection 4(1) 
42. 
Item 10 repeals the definitions of Full Court, General Division and handle in 
subsection 4(1). These definitions are relevant to the structure and function of the FCFC 
(defined in item 8 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill) and are no 
longer required in the Family Law Act. A new definition of handle in the context of the 
FCFC is provided in clause 7 the FCFC Bill, and relates to handling of a complaint against a 
Judge.  
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Item 11 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Registrar) 
43. 
Item 11 repeals the existing definition of ‘Registrar’ in subsection 4(1) and substitutes 
a new definition that reflects the structure, administration and functions of the new FCFC 
(defined in item 8 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill).  
44. 
Item 11 provides that Registrar will mean a person or persons occupying the office of 
a Senior Registrar or Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2), or the 
principal legal officer, or any other appropriate officer, of any other court. The new definition 
of Registrar is purposefully narrower in its application than the existing definition; the new 
definition does not include a Principal Registrar or Deputy Registrar. The office of Principal 
Registrar is not separately defined in the Family Law Act; this position is incorporated into 
the new definition of Chief Executive Officer in subsection 4(1) (see item 4 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill). Provisions in the Family Law Act that refer to Registrar, with the intention that the 
provision also apply to other officers of the court such as the Chief Executive Officer 
(Principal Registrar) or a Deputy Registrar, have been amended to clearly identify the officers 
of the court to which the provisions apply. 
45. 
For courts other than the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), the 
substituted definition retains the former requirement that the Registrar is the principal legal 
officer or any other appropriate officer of that court. 
Item 12 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Registry Manager
46. 
Item 12 repeals the definition of Registry Manager in subsection 4(1) and substitutes a 
new definition that reflects the structure, administration and functions of the FCFC (defined 
in item 8 of Schedule 1 of the Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill) and which applies 
throughout the Family Law Act. The definition includes Registry Managers of the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), and the principal legal officer or any other 
appropriate officer of any other court exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. A 
consistent definition of Registry Manager is also provided in clause 7 the FCFC Bill. 
Item 13 – Subsection 4(1) 
47. 
Item 13 inserts a new definition of related Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) Rules in subsection 4(1) of the Family Law Act, which provides that 
these are the Rules of Court under Chapter 4 of the new FCFC Bill to the extent to which 
they relate to the Family Law Act.  
Item 14 – Subsection 4(1) 
48. 
Item 14 repeals the definitions of related Federal Circuit Court Rulesrelevant belief 
and split court in subsection 4(1). These definitions are relevant to the structure of the FCFC 
(defined in item 8, of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and provided for by the FCFC Bill). 
49. 
The repeal of the definition of related Federal Circuit Court Rules is required as 
item 13 of Schedule 1 of this Bill inserts a definition of Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) Rules
 to reflect the change to the source of the relevant rule making 
power.  
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50. 
The definition of relevant belief relates to complaints and is no longer required in the 
Family Law Act. A definition of relevant belief in the context of complaints made about a 
Judge of the FCFC (Division 1) or a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) is provided in clause 7 
of the FCFC Bill.  
51. 
The definition of a split court is no longer required in the Family Law Act as it will no 
longer establish or directly govern the operation of the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 15 – Subsection 4(1A) 
52. 
Subsection 4(1A) currently provides how a reference to the ‘Family Court’ and to a 
‘Family Court of a State’ are to be read in the standard Rules of Court and related Federal 
Circuit Court Rules.  
53. 
Item 15 repeals subsection 4(1A) and substitutes a new subsection 4(1A) that aligns 
with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill.  
54. 
The new subsection 4(1A) inserted by item 15 includes updated terminology to refer 
to the applicable Rules of Court (the definition of that term is provided in item 3 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill). This will ensure that this subsection applies to all relevant Rules of 
Court. The reference to the ‘Family Court’ has been removed from subsection 4(1A), 
recognising that the ‘Family Court’ is continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 1) (by 
clause 8 of the FCFC Bill). 
Item 16 – Subsection 4(2) and (2A) 
55. 
Subsection 4(2) provides that a reference in the Act, the standard Rules of Court or 
the related Federal Circuit Court Rules to a ‘party to a marriage’ includes a person to whom 
one of the circumstances, outlined in paragraphs 4(2)(a) to (c), applies.  
56. 
Similarly, subsection 4(2A) provides that a reference in the Act, the standard Rules of 
Court or the related Federal Circuit Court Rules to a ‘party to a de facto relationship’ includes 
a reference to a party to a de facto relationship that has broken down.  
57. 
Item 16 amends subsections 4(2) and 4(2A) to align with the new arrangements 
established under the FCFC Bill. Item 16 omits the reference to ‘the standard Rules of Court 
or the related Federal Circuit Court Rules’ in subsections 4(2) and 4(2A) and substitutes the 
applicable Rules of Court (the definition of that term is provided in item 3 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill). This will ensure that these subsections apply to all relevant Rules of Court.  
Item 17 – Subsection 4(3) 
58. 
Subsection 4(3) provides that jurisdiction, proceedings and orders under the standard 
Rules of Court and the related Federal Circuit Court Rules, is taken to be jurisdiction, 
proceedings and orders under the Family Law Act. 
59. 
Item 17 repeals this subsection and substitutes a new subsection to align with the new 
arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. Item 17 updates the terminology in 
subsection 4(3) such that jurisdiction, proceedings and orders under the applicable Rules of 
Court (the definition of that term is provided in item 3 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) are taken to 
be jurisdiction, proceedings and orders under the Family Law Act. This ensures that the 
subsection applies to all relevant Rules of Court. 
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60. 
New paragraph 4(3)(a) provides that jurisdiction under a provision of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019 referring to the Family Law Act, is taken to 
be jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. This reflects that the courts primarily exercising 
original and appellate jurisdiction in family law matters will no longer be established by the 
Family Law Act and so, to avoid doubt, this subsection provides that the exercise of 
jurisdiction of these courts currently conferred under the Family Law Act, remains an 
exercise of jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  
61. 
Further, new paragraph 4(3)(b) provides that, for the avoidance of doubt, jurisdiction 
under paragraphs 25(1)(a) and 25(1)(b) of the FCFC Bill is taken to be jurisdiction under the 
Family Law Act. Paragraphs 25(1)(a) and 25(1)(b) of the FCFC Bill provide that in family 
law or child support proceedings, the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1) are those 
matters transferred or uplifted to the Court under clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill. The 
original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1) in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill is one of the key 
ways the FCFC Bill implements a single point of entry into the family law courts – more 
information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to that Bill.  
62. 
Similarly, new paragraph 4(3)(e) provides that proceedings transferred under 
clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill referring to the Family Law Act are taken to be 
proceedings under the Family Law Act. Clauses 51 and 149 provide mechanisms for the 
transfer of matters from the FCFC (Division 2) to the FCFC (Division 1), and are key to the 
original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1). In addition, transfers made by the Chief 
Justice under clause 149 pursuant to clause 150 would be taken to be proceedings under the 
Family Law Act. 
63. 
New paragraph 4(3)(c) provides that jurisdiction under section 101 of the Child 
Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and under section 106 of the Child Support (Registration and 
Collection) Act 1988 
is taken to be jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. The sections 
referred to in new paragraph 4(3)(c) confer jurisdiction on a Family Court of a State and the 
Northern Territory Supreme Court to hear appeals in the respective child support Acts (see 
items 166 and 180 of Schedule 2 of this Bill).  
64. 
New paragraph 4(3)(d) provides that jurisdiction under applicable Rules of Court is 
taken to be jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. New paragraph (4)(3)(f) provides that 
proceedings under applicable Rules of Court are taken to be proceedings under the Family 
Law Act. New paragraph 49(3)(g) provides that an order, however described, made by a 
court under the applicable Rules of Court, is taken to be an order made by the court under the 
Family Law Act.  
Item 18 – Subsection 8(1) 
65. 
Section 8 provides limitations on the institution and continuing of certain types of 
proceedings after the commencement of the Family Law Act.  
66. 
Item 18 repeals subsection 8(1) to remove the option of continuing matrimonial 
causes proceedings in accordance with the section 9 arrangements, reflecting that section 9 of 
the Family Law Act will be repealed (see item 19 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
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Item 19 – Section 9 
67. 
Section 9 contains transitional provisions relating to proceedings pending prior to the 
commencement of the Family Law Act. 
68. 
Item 19 repeals section 9 as there are now no proceedings to which this section would 
apply.  
Item 20– Paragraphs 10C(1)(c) and (d) 
69. 
Section 10C provides a definition of family counsellor. Paragraphs 10C(1)(c) and (d) 
of the definition provide that persons authorised by the Chief Executive Officer of the Family 
Court or the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit Court, respectively, to provide 
family counselling under the Family Law Act are to be taken to be a family counsellor 
70. 
Item 20 repeals paragraphs 10C(1)(c) and (d) and substitutes a new paragraph 
10C(1)(c) to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. Clause 281 of 
the FCFC Bill confers a new power on the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC to authorise 
officers or staff of the FCFC to provide family counselling under the Family Law Act. 
Item 20 inserts a new paragraph 10C(1)(c) which provides that officers and staff so 
authorised by the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC under clause 281 of the FCFC Bill are 
to be taken to be a family counsellor. 
Item 21 – Paragraphs 10G(1)(c) and (d) 
71. 
Section 10G provides a definition of family dispute resolution practitioner
Paragraphs 10G(1)(c) and (d) provide that persons authorised by the Chief Executive Officer 
of the Family Court or the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit Court, respectively, 
to act as a family dispute resolution practitioner are to be taken to be a family dispute 
resolution practitioner
 
72. 
Item 21 repeals paragraphs 10G(1)(c) and (d) and substitutes a new paragraph 
10G(1)(c) to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. Clause 281 of 
the FCFC Bill confers a new power on the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC to authorise 
officers or staff of the FCFC to provide family dispute resolution under the Family Law Act. 
Item 21 inserts a new paragraph 10G(1)(c) which provides that officers and staff so 
authorised by the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC Bill under clause 281 of the 
FCFC Bill are to be taken to be a family dispute resolution practitioner. 
Item 22 – Section 10P 
73. 
Section 10P provides an arbitrator, performing their functions as an arbitrator, with 
the same protection and immunity that a Judge of the Family Court has in performing the 
functions of a Judge. 
74. 
Item 22 omits the reference to ‘Family Court’ and substitutes a reference to ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new arrangements 
established under the FCFC Bill. Item 22 reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) (provided by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill) and does not change the 
operation of section 10P. 
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Item 23 – Section 11B (note) 
75. 
The note to section 11B provides that the Chief Executive Officer has all the functions 
and powers of family consultants and may direct consultants in the performance of their 
functions, with a direction to see Division 1A of Part IVA of the Family Law Act in this 
regard. 
76. 
Item 23 omits, in this note, the reference to ‘Division 1A of Part IVA of this Act’ 
(referring to the Family Law Act), and substitutes a reference to ‘Part 1 of Chapter 5 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’ to provide the correct legislative 
reference for the information contained in the note and align with the new arrangements to be 
established by the FCFC Bill.  
Item 24 – Subsection 11C(1) (note 1) 
77. 
Note 1 to subsection 11C(1) provides that communications with a family consultant 
are not confidential except in the circumstances set out in subsection 38BD(3) of the Family 
Law Act. 
78. 
Item 24 omits the reference to subsection 38BD(3) in this note and substitutes a 
reference to subclause 281(3) of the FCFC Bill to provide the correct legislative reference for 
the information contained in the note and align with the new arrangements to be established 
by the FCFC Bill.  
Item 25 – Section 11D 
79. 
Section 11D provides a family consultant, performing their functions as a family 
consultant, with the same protection and immunity that a Judge of the Family Court has in 
performing the functions of a Judge. 
80. 
Item 25 omits the reference to ‘Family Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ to align with the new arrangements established 
under the FCFC Bill. Item 25 reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) (provided by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill), and does not change the operation of 
section 11D.  
Item 26 – Subparagraphs 11E(1)(e)(i) and (ia) 
81. 
Paragraph 11E(1)(e) provides that, where the Family Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court has the power under the Family Law Act to order that a person attend family 
counselling, family dispute resolution, appointments with a family consultant, or a course, 
program or other service, before making such an order the court can seek advice from a 
family consultant appointed by the Chief Executive of that court. 
82. 
Item 26 omits subparagraphs 11E(1)(e)(i) and (ia), which refer to the Chief Executive 
Officer of the Family Court and the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit Court, 
respectively, and substitutes a single subparagraph 11E(1)(e)(i) which provides that, if the 
court is the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, the court can seek advice from a 
family consultant nominated by the Chief Executive Officer. This amendment brings 
section 11E into alignment with the new definition of Chief Executive Officer provided by 
clause 7 of the FCFC Bill. 
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Item 27 – Subparagraph 11E(1)(e)(iii) 
83. 
Item 27 omits the reference to ‘(ia)’ in subparagraph 11E(1)(e)(iii), which is required 
because of the amendment made by item 26 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 28 – Section 13G (heading) 
84. 
Section 13G is headed ‘Family Court and Federal Circuit Court may determine 
question of law referred by arbitrator’. 
85. 
Item 28 omits ‘Family Court or Federal Circuit Court’ from the heading and 
substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new 
arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. Item 28 reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) (provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC 
Bill). 
86. 
The heading will not refer the FCFC (Division 1) as, consistent with the 
implementation of a single point of entry into the family courts, arbitrators will only be able 
to refer questions of law to the FCFC (Division 2) or the Family Court of a State 
(see item 29). 
Item 29 – Paragraphs 13G(1)(a), (b) and (c) 
87. 
Paragraphs 13G(1)(a) to (b) specify the courts to which an arbitrator may refer a 
question of law.  
88. 
Item 29 omits paragraphs 13G(1)(a),(b) and (c) and substitutes paragraphs 13G(1)(a) 
and (b). This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the 
FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
89. 
Subsection 13G(1) will provide, in effect, that questions of law can only be referred 
by arbitrators to the FCFC (Division 2) or the Family Court of a State, to the exclusion of the 
FCFC (Division 1). The intent is to support a single point of entry into the family law courts, 
noting that clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred to 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 30 – Subsection 13G(3) 
90. 
Subsection 13G(3) provides that the arbitrator must not make an award in the 
arbitration until the Judge or Federal Circuit Court has determined the question of law or 
remitted the matter back to the arbitrator.  
91. 
Item 30 omits the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and substitutes 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new 
arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is 
continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC 
Bill). 
Item 31 – Section 13J (heading) 
92. 
Section 13J is headed ‘Family Court or Federal Circuit Court can review registered 
awards’. 
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93. 
Item 31 omits ‘Family Court or Federal Circuit Court’ from the heading and 
substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new 
arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is 
continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC 
Bill). 
94. 
The heading will not refer the FCFC (Division 1) as, consistent with the 
implementation of a single point of entry into the family courts, a party will only be able to 
apply for review of an arbitration award, on questions of law, by the FCFC (Division 2) or 
the Family Court of a State (see item 32). 
Item 32 – Paragraphs 13J(1)(a), (b) and (c) 
95. 
Paragraphs 13J(1)(a) to (b) specify the courts to which a party to a registered award 
may apply for a review of the award on a question of law.  
96. 
Item 32 omits paragraphs 13J(1)(a), (b) and (c) and substitutes paragraphs 13J(1)(a) 
and (b). This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the FCFC 
(Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill.  
97. 
Subsection 13J(1) will provide, in effect, that a party may only apply for a review of 
an arbitration award, on a question of law, by the FCFC (Division 2) or the Family Court of a 
State, to the exclusion of the FCFC (Division 1). The intent is to support a single point of 
entry into the family law courts, noting that clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide 
for matters to be transferred to the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 33 – Subsection 13J(2) 
98. 
Subsection 13J(2) provides what a Judge or the Federal Circuit Court may do on a 
review of an award.  
99. 
Item 33 omits references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ in 
subsection 13J(2) and on each occasion substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. 
This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) 
(as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill.  
Item 34 – Section 13K (heading)  
100.  Section 13K is headed ‘Family Court and Federal Court may set aside registered 
awards’. 
101.  Item 34 omits ‘Family Court or Federal Circuit Court’ from the heading and 
substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ to align with the new 
arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. This reflects that the Family Court and the 
Federal Circuit Court are continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC 
(Division 2), respectively (as provided by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill), and are collectively 
referred to as the FCFC. 
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Item 35– Paragraphs 13K(1)(a) and (b) 
102.  Paragraphs 13K(1)(a) to (c) specify the courts in which an award arising out of an 
arbitration may be registered.  
103.  Item 35 omits paragraphs 13K(1)(a) and (b) and substitutes new paragraphs 13K(1)(a) 
and (b) to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill. The reference to 
the ‘Family Court’ in paragraph 13K(1)(a) will be replaced with the ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’, reflecting the continuation of the Family Court under 
this new name as is provided by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill. The reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ in paragraph 13K(1)(b) will be replaced with the ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’, reflecting the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court under this new name as is provided by clause 8 of the FCFC Bill. This amendment 
does not change the operation of subsection 13K(1).  
Item 36 – Part IV and IVA 
104.  Part IV governs the creation, structure and constitution of the Family Court of 
Australia and Part IVA governs the management of the Court.  
105.  Item 36 repeals Part IV and Part IVA. The Family Court will continue in existence as 
the FCFC (Division 1) (see subclause 8(1) of the FCFC Bill). The provisions in Parts IV and 
IVA are substantially replicated in the FCFC Bill, with such amendments as are necessary to 
support the operation of the new court structure. 
Item 37 – Paragraph 39(1)(a) 
106.  Paragraph 39(1)(a) provides that a matrimonial cause may be instituted in the Family 
Court. 
107.  Item 37 repeals existing paragraph 39(1)(a) and replaces it with a new 
paragraph 39(1)(a) providing that matrimonial causes may be instituted in the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2). 
108.  In effect, the Family Law Act will no longer provide that a matrimonial cause may be 
instituted in the Family Court, continuing as the FCFC (Division 1). The intent is to support a 
single point of entry into the family law courts through the FCFC (Division 2), noting that 
clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred to the FCFC 
(Division 1). 
Item 38 – Subsection 39(1A) 
109.  Under subsection 39(1A), matrimonial causes may be instituted in the Federal Circuit 
Court. 
110.  Item 38 repeals subsection 39(1A) on the basis that item 37 of Schedule 1 of this Bill 
amends paragraph 39(1)(a) to provide for matrimonial causes to be instituted in the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court (Division 2). This renders subsection 39(1A) unnecessary given 
that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court (Division 2) (see subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill).  
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Item 39 – Subsection 39(5) 
111.  Subsection 39(5) provides that the Family Court, and various other courts, are 
conferred or vested with jurisdiction for a variety of causes and proceedings instituted under 
the Family Law Act. 
112.  Item 39 omits the reference to the ‘Family Court’ and substitutes a reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The effect of this amendment is 
that, under subsection 39(5), the FCFC (Division 2) is explicitly conferred jurisdiction in 
relation to the various causes and proceedings under the Family Law Act. 
113.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 40 – Paragraph 39(5)(b) 
114.  Paragraph 39(5)(b) provides that, the courts specified in subsection 39(5) have 
jurisdiction in relation to matrimonial causes continued in accordance with section 9. 
115.  Item 40 repeals paragraph 39(5)(b). This amendment follows the repeal of section 9 
(see item 19 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) because there are now no proceedings to which 
section 9 would apply.  
Item 41 – Paragraph 39(5)(d) 
116.  Paragraph 39(5)(d) provides that the courts specified in subsection 39(5) have 
jurisdiction in relation to proceedings instituted under regulations made for the purpose of 
various sections of the Family Law Act, under paragraphs 125(1)(f) or (g) or under Rules of 
Court made for the purpose of paragraph 123(1)(r).  
117.  Item 41 repeals paragraph 39(5)(d) and substitutes a new paragraph 39(5)(d), which 
contains subparagraphs (i) to (iii). The new subparagraphs essentially cover the same 
proceedings as are currently covered by paragraph 39(5)(d). The type of proceedings under 
the applicable Rules of Court are described in subparagraph 39(5)(d)(iii) (rather than 
identified by cross referencing the particular power in the Rules). The definition of 
applicable Rules of Court’ is to be provided in subsection 4(1) (see item 3 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill). 
Item 42 – Subsections 39(5AA) and (5A) 
118.  Subsection 39(5AA) provides that the Federal Circuit Court has, and is taken always 
to have had jurisdiction under the Family Law Act in respect of which matrimonial causes 
(with some exceptions) are instituted.  
119.  Subsection 39(5A) provides that the Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction with 
respect to matters outlined in paragraphs 39(5A)(a) to (d). This subsection is the Federal 
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Circuit Court equivalent to subsection 39(5) which confers jurisdiction on various courts, 
including the Family Court, in respect to various proceedings.  
120.  Item 42 repeals subsections 39(5AA) and (5A) as amendments to subsection 39(5) 
(see item 39 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) render this clause unnecessary. With the repeal of 
subsection 39(5AA), the exceptions that apply to the Federal Circuit Court in relation to 
jurisdiction for particular matrimonial causes, will not apply to the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 43 – Paragraph 39(6)(b) 
121.  Paragraph 39(6)(b) provides that courts of summary jurisdiction specified in 
subsection 39(6) have jurisdiction in relation to matrimonial causes continued in accordance 
with section 9.  
122.  Item 43 repeals paragraph 39(6)(b), reflecting the repeal of section 9 (see item 19 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill) because there are now no proceedings to which section 9 would 
apply.  
Item 44 – Paragraph 39(6)(d) 
123.  Paragraph 39(6)(d) provides that the courts of summary jurisdiction specified in 
subsection 39(6) have jurisdiction in relation to proceedings instituted under regulations 
made for the purpose of various sections of the Family Law Act, under paragraphs 125(1)(f) 
or (g), under Rules of Court made for the purpose of paragraph 123(1)(r) or under Rules of 
Court made for the purpose of paragraph 87(1)(j) of the Federal Circuit Court Act.  
124.  Item 44 repeals paragraph 39(6)(d) and substitutes a new paragraph 39(6)(d), which 
contains subparagraphs (i) to (iii). The new subparagraphs essentially cover the same 
proceedings as are currently covered by paragraph 39(6)(d). The type of proceedings under 
the applicable Rules of Court are described in subparagraph 39(6)(d)(iii) rather than 
identified by cross referencing the particular power in the different sets of rules. This is 
because with multiple sets of rules, referencing particular rules powers adds unnecessary 
complexity to the provision. The definition of ‘applicable Rules of Court’ is to be provided in 
subsection 4(1) (see item 3 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 45 – Paragraphs 39A(1)(a) and (b) 
125.  Paragraphs 39A(1)(a) and (b) provide that a de facto financial cause may be instituted 
in the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, respectively. 
126.  Item 45 repeals paragraphs 39A(1)(a) and (b) and substitutes a single 
paragraph 39A(1)(a). New paragraph 39A(1)(a) provides that de facto financial causes can be 
instituted in the FCFC (Division 2). This reflects the name change of the Federal Circuit 
Court to be the FCFC (Division 2) (see subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
127.  In effect, the Family Law Act will no longer provide that a de facto financial cause 
may be instituted in the Family Court, continuing as the FCFC (Division 1). The intent is to 
support a single point of entry into the family law courts through the FCFC (Division 2), 
noting that clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred to 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
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Item 46 – Paragraphs 39B(1)(a) and (b) 
128.  Paragraphs 39B(1)(a) and (b) confer jurisdiction on the Family Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court, respectively, for de facto financial causes instituted under the Family Law Act. 
129.  Item 46 repeals paragraphs 39B(1)(a) and (b) and substitutes a single 
paragraph 39B(1)(a). New paragraph 39B(1)(a) confers jurisdiction for de facto financial 
causes on the FCFC (Division 2). This reflects the name change to the Federal Circuit Court 
(see subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
130.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 47 – Subsection 39B(1) (notes 1 and 2) 
131.  Note 1 to subsection 39B(1) provides that the exercise of the jurisdiction of the 
Family Court is subject to section 40. Note 2 to subsection 39B(1) provides that the exercise 
of the jurisdiction of the FCC is subject to section 40A.  
132.  Item 47 repeals notes 1 and 2 and substitutes a new note 1, which identifies that the 
exercise of jurisdiction by the FCFC (Division 2) under subsection 39B(1) is subject to 
section 40. This amendment reflects the jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 2) provided in 
new paragraph 39B(1)(a) (see item 46 of Schedule 1 of this Bill), and the consequential 
amendments to section 40 and repeal of section 40A (see items 49 to 53 of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill).  
Item 48 – Section 39G 
133.  Section 39G provides that, if proceedings in relation to a matter arising under a law of 
the Commonwealth are transferred under the Family Law Act to a court that has jurisdiction 
under Division 3 of Part V of the Family Law Act, the jurisdiction of the court includes 
jurisdiction in relation to that matter.  
134.  Item 48 repeals this section and replaces it with a new section 39G, which includes a 
reference to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019 to reflect that 
specific powers to transfer proceedings (in particular circumstances) are provided in the 
Family Law Act and the FCFC Bill (see, for example, clauses 51, 52, 149 and 150 of the 
FCFC Bill).  
Item 49 – Section 40 (heading) 
135.  Section 40 is headed ‘Limitation on jurisdiction of Family Court and of State and 
Territory Supreme Courts.  
136.  Item 49 omits ‘Family Court’ from the heading and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to align with the new arrangements established under 
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the FCFC Bill, and reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) (by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). The inclusion of the FCFC (Division 2) is 
necessitated by the repeal of section 40A (see item 53 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) which 
currently limits the exercise of the Federal Circuit Court’s jurisdiction in certain States and 
Territories, if the corresponding jurisdiction of the Family Court is not capable of being 
exercised in that State or Territory. 
137.  The heading does not reference the FCFC (Division 1) as its original jurisdiction for 
matters instituted under the Family Law Act arises with respect to matters transferred from 
the FCFC (Division 2). This will be provided by clause 25 of the FCFC Bill – more 
information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to that Bill. Therefore, it is sufficient for 
section 40 to allow for the jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 2) to be limited by the 
regulations (see item 50). 
Item 50 – Subsection 40(1) 
138.  Under subsection 40(1), the Regulations may provide that the jurisdiction of the 
Family Court, in relation to all or a particular class of proceedings, cannot be exercised in 
specified States and Territories.  
139.  Item 50 omits ‘Family Court’ from subsection 40(1) and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) (see subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill).  
140.  Due to the effect of items 39, 46 and 93 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, which support a 
single point of entry into the family law courts, it is not necessary for regulations made 
pursuant to section 40 to separately limit the jurisdiction of FCFC (Division 1). This reflects 
that the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC 
Bill, is limited in family law or child support matters to those transferred to or by it under 
clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill. Therefore, regulations that limit the original jurisdiction 
of the FCFC (Division 2) will have the effect of limiting the jurisdiction of the FCFC 
(Division 1). 
141.  It is intended that regulation 39BB of the Family Law Regulations 1984 would be 
amended, prior to commencement of the legislation, to maintain present restrictions on the 
Federal Circuit Court’s exercise of jurisdiction pursuant to paragraph 31(1)(c) of the Family 
Law Act in specified States or Territories, reflecting its continuation as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
Item 51 – Subsection 40(6) 
142.  Subsection 40(6) provides that a party to proceedings instituted or continued under the 
Family Law Act in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory, being proceedings that could 
have been instituted in the Family Court, may apply to the Family Court to have the matter 
transferred to it and the Family Court may order the transfer. 
143.  Item 51 omits and substitutes the part of the subsection referencing the Family Court 
to make provision for an application to be made to the FCFC (Division 2), and provides that 
court with the power to order the transfer.  
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144.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 52 – Subsection 40(7) 
145.  Subsection 40(7) provides that the standard Rules of Court may make provision in 
relation to a transfer under subsection 40(6). 
146.  Item 52 omits the reference to ‘standard Rules of Court’ and substitutes a reference to 
the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
(Division 2) Rules’ to reflect all relevant Rules of Court. 
Item 53 – Section 40A 
147.  Section 40A provides that the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court under the 
Family Law Act must not be exercised in respect of a particular proceeding in a State or 
Territory if the corresponding jurisdiction of the Family Court is not capable of being 
exercised in that State or Territory.  
148.  Item 53 repeals section 40A, as section 40, which contains the power to prevent the 
Family Court exercising jurisdiction, has been amended (see item 50 of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill), rendering section 40A unnecessary. 
Item 54 – Subsection 41(3) 
149.  Subsection 41(3) provides that where the Governor-General has issued a proclamation 
under subsection 41(2) that section 41 applies to a Family Court created by a State, specific 
references in the Family Law Act to the Supreme Court of a State, are to read as references to 
the State Family Court.  
150.  Item 54 omits and substitutes specific section references in subsection 41(3) to 
correctly identify the provisions where a reference to the Supreme Court of a State must be 
read as a reference to the Family Court of a State. This amendment is necessary because of 
amendments that will be made by this Bill to the sections currently identified in 
subsection 41(3) and inserts a reference to subclause 26(1) of the FCFC Bill, which contains 
a reference to appeals from a judgment of a Supreme Court of a State or Territory.  
Item 55 – Subsection 41(5) 
151.  Subsection 41(5) provides that references in the Family Law Act or the standard Rules 
of Court to a court of summary jurisdiction should not be read as a reference to a court to 
which section 41 applies. 
152.  Item 55 omits ‘standard Rules of Court’ and substitutes ‘applicable Rules of Court’ to 
reflect that different sets of rules may now be relevant to this section and that this section 
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should apply to all relevant sets of rules. A definition of applicable Rules of Court is to be 
provided in subsection 4(1) (see item 3 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 56 – Subsection 43(1) 
153.  Subsection 43(1) provides that, in exercising jurisdiction under the Act, the 
Family Court and any other court exercising jurisdiction under the Act shall have regard to 
the principles set out in paragraphs 43(1)(a) to (d). 
154.  Item 56 omits ‘The Family Court shall, in the exercise of its jurisdiction under this 
Act, and any other court exercising jurisdiction under this Act shall, in the exercise of that 
jurisdiction’ and substitutes ‘A court exercising jurisdiction under this Act must, in the 
exercise of that jurisdiction’ This amendment removes the specific reference to the Family 
Court given its name change to the FCFC (Division 1) (see subclause 8(1) of the FCFC Bill). 
The operation of the section remains the same, such that adherence to the principles is 
required by all courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
Item 57 – Subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(ii) 
155.  Paragraph 44(1B)(a) provides that a divorce order shall not, without leave, be filed 
within two years of the date of the marriage unless, filed with an application, is a certificate 
stating that the parties have considered reconciliation with the assistance of a person specified 
in subparagraphs 46(1B)(a)(i) to (iii). Subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(ii) provides that, in relation to 
the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court or the Family Court of a State, the specified 
person is an individual or organisation nominated for the parties by a family consultant. 
156.  Item 57 omits ‘Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from 
subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(ii) and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill and reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) (see subclause 8(2) of 
the FCFC Bill).  
157.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 58 – Subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(iii) 
158.  Paragraph 44(1B)(a) provides that a divorce order shall not, without leave, be filed 
within two years of the date of the marriage unless, filed with an application, is a certificate 
stating that the parties have considered reconciliation with the assistance of a person specified 
in subparagraphs 46(1B)(a)(i) to (iii). Subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(iii) provides that, in relation to 
a court that is not the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court or the Family Court of a State, 
the specified person is an individual or organisation nominated for the parties by an 
appropriately qualified officer of the court. 
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159.  Item 58 omits ‘Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from 
subparagraph 44(1B)(a)(iii) and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ to align with the new arrangements established under the FCFC Bill and reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) (see subclause 8(2) of 
the FCFC Bill).  
160.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 59 – Subsection 45(1) 
161.  Subsection 45(1) provides that where there are pending court proceedings that have 
been instituted under the Family Law Act or continued in accordance with section 9, and it 
appears to the court that other proceedings that relate to the same marriage, void marriage or 
the same matter are pending in another court, the first-mentioned court may stay or dismiss 
the proceedings. 
162.  Item 59 omits references to matters being continued in accordance with section 9, 
reflecting that section 9 is to be repealed because there are now no proceedings to which 
section 9 would apply (see item 19 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 60 – Subsection 45(2) 
163.  Subsection 45(2) provides that, where there are pending court proceedings, instituted 
under the Family Law Act, or continued in accordance with section 9, and it appears to the 
court that the proceedings would better be dealt with in another court, the court may transfer 
the proceedings to the other court. 
164.  Item 60 omits the reference to matters being continued in accordance with section 9 
reflecting that section 9 is to be repealed because there are now no proceedings to which 
section 9 would apply (see item 19 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 61 – Paragraphs 45(2)(a) and (b) 
165.  Paragraphs 45(2)(a) and (b) prohibit a transfer of pending court proceedings under 
subsection 45(2) where the two courts involved (the transferring and receiving courts) are the 
Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court.  
166.  Item 61 omits paragraphs 45(2)(a) and (b) and substitutes new paragraphs 45(2)(a) 
and (b) with the same effect but using the new terminology to appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill.  
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Item 62 – Subsection 45(2) (notes 1 and 2) 
167.  Notes 1 and 2 to subsection 45(2) identify the statutory provisions which allow 
transfers between the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. 
168.  Item 62 repeals notes 1 and 2 and substitutes new notes 1 and 2. The new notes 
identify the powers in the FCFC Bill that provide for transfers between the FCFC 
(Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2) using the new terminology to reflect the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
Item 63 – Subparagraphs 46(1)(a)(i) to (iii) 
169.  Subsection 46(1)(a) provides that, where proceedings are instituted or transferred to a 
court of summary jurisdiction in relation to property exceeding $20,000 and the respondent 
seeks an order different from that sought in the application, the court must inform the parties 
that unless they consent to the court hearing and determining the proceedings the court must 
transfer the proceedings to one of the courts specified in subparagraphs 46(1)(a)(i) to (iii). 
Subparagraph 46(1)(a)(i) specifies the Family Court and subparagraph 46(1)(a)(iii) specifies 
the Federal Circuit Court. 
170.  Item 63 repeals subparagraphs 46(1)(a)(i) to (iii) and substitutes new paragraphs 
46(1)(a)(i) to (iii). New paragraph 46(1)(a)(i) specifies the FCFC (Division 2) as a body the 
court of summary jurisdiction must inform the parties that it may be required to transfer 
proceedings to. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the 
FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill.  
171.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 64 – Subparagraphs 46(1)(b)(i) to (iii) 
172.  Subsection 46(1)(b) provides that, where proceedings are instituted or transferred to a 
court of summary jurisdiction in relation to property exceeding $20,000 and the respondent 
seeks an order different from that sought in the application, unless the parties agree to the 
court hearing and determining the proceedings the court must transfer the proceedings to one 
of the courts specified in subparagraphs 46(1)(b)(i) to (iii). Subparagraph 46(1)(b)(i) specifies 
the Family Court and subparagraph 46(1)(b)(iii) specifies the Federal Circuit Court. 
173.  Item 64 repeals subparagraphs 46(1)(b)(i) to (iii) and substitutes new paragraphs 
46(1)(b)(i) to (iii) to provide for transfers of proceedings from a court of summary 
jurisdiction to the FCFC (Division 2), a Family Court of a State or a Supreme Court of a State 
or Territory unless the parties consent to the court of summary jurisdiction hearing and 
determining the matter. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence 
as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
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174.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 65 – Paragraphs 46(1C)(a) to (c) 
175.  Subsection 46(1C) provides that a court of summary jurisdiction must transfer 
proceedings to one of the courts set out in paragraphs 46(1C)(a) to (c), if the court has given a 
party leave to object to the court hearing and determining the matter. Paragraph 46(1C)(a) 
specifies the Family Court and paragraph 46(1C)(c) specifies the Federal Circuit Court. 
176.  Item 65 repeals paragraphs 46(1C)(a) to (c) and substitutes new paragraphs 46(1C)(a) 
to (c) to provide for transfers of proceedings from a court of summary jurisdiction to the 
FCFC (Division 2), a Family Court of a State or a Supreme Court of a State or Territory. This 
reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as 
provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
177.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 66 – Paragraphs 46(2A)(c) to (e) 
178.  Subsection 46(2A) provides that, where proceedings are instituted or transferred to a 
court of summary jurisdiction in relation to a divorce order and the proceedings are defended, 
the court is required to transfer the proceedings to a court specified in paragraph 46(2A)(c) to 
(e). Paragraph 46(2A)(c) specifies the Family Court and paragraph 46(2A)(e) specifies the 
Federal Circuit Court.  
179.  Item 66 repeals paragraphs 46(2A)(c) to (e) and substitutes new paragraphs 46(2A)(c) 
to (e). New paragraph 46(2A)(c) specifies the FCFC (Division 2) as a body to which the court 
may transfer proceedings. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in 
existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
180.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
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(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 67 – Subsection 46(3A) 
181.  Subsection 46(3A) provides that, if proceedings, instituted under the Family Law Act 
or continued under section 9 are pending in a court of summary jurisdiction, the courts 
specified in paragraphs 46(3A)(a) to (c) may, on application of a party or of its own motion, 
order the proceedings to be removed to that court. 
182.  Item 67 omits ‘or continued under section 9’ as there are now no proceedings to 
which section 9 would apply and section 9 is being repealed (see item 19 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill). 
Item 68 – Paragraphs 46(3A)(a) to (c) 
183.  Paragraphs 46(3A)(a) to (c) specify the courts that may make an order transferring a 
matter, pending in a court of summary jurisdiction, to that court on application by a party or 
of its own motion. 
184.  Item 68 repeals paragraphs 46(3A)(a)to (c) and substitutes new paragraphs 46(3A)(a) 
to (c). New paragraph 46(3A)(a) specifies the FCFC (Division 2) as a body that may make an 
order transferring a matter. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in 
existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
185.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 69 – At the end of Part V 
186.  Item 69 inserts a new ‘Division 4 – Appeals’ at the end of Part V. 
187.  The Family Law Act appeals provisions of Part X are repealed by item 109 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill. The FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) will 
hear the majority of appeals from decisions under the Family Law Act and, as such, the 
majority of provisions relating to appeals are contained within the FCFC Bill. Select appeals 
from courts of summary jurisdiction will be heard by courts other than the FCFC (Division 1) 
necessitating this Division.  
188.  Division 4, section 47A of the Family Law Act, provides for appeals from a decree of 
a court of summary jurisdiction of a State or Territory, replacing existing section 96. 
189.  New subsection 47A(1) provides that an appeal from a court of summary jurisdiction 
of a State or Territory, exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act, the Child Support 
(Assessment) Act 1989
 or the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 lies to 
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either the FCFC (Division 1) (paragraph 47A(1)(d)) or to the Supreme Court of that State or 
Territory (paragraph 47A(1)(e)). 
190.  By virtue of subsection 41(3) (as amended by item 54 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) and a 
proclamation made under subsection 41(2) of the Family Law Act, references to ‘the 
Supreme Court of a State’ in new section 47A are to be read as a reference to the Family 
Court of a State, which, in Western Australia, is the Family Court of Western Australia. 
191.  Subsection 40(1) of the Family Law Act (as amended by item 50 of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill) specifies that the regulations may provide that the jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1) 
and (as a consequence of the changes made by items 50 and 52 of this Schedule), the FCFC 
(Division 2) must not be exercised in a certain State or Territory. It is intended that 
amendments to the Family Law Regulations 1984 will be made prior to the commencement 
of this legislation to restrict the exercise of the FCFC’s jurisdiction, in relation to appeals 
under section 47A, in Western Australia, the Territory of Christmas Island or the Territory of 
Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This reflects the policy intention that, in Western Australia and the 
other listed territories, all appeals from a decree of a court of summary jurisdiction (other 
than from decrees of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia constituted by a Family Law 
Magistrate), exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act, will lie to the Family Court of 
Western Australia, and not the FCFC (Division 1).  
192.  New subsection 47A(2) provides that new subsection 47A(1) does not apply to a 
decree of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia constituted by a Family Law Magistrate 
of Western Australia. As currently provided in Part X of the Family Law Act, because of the 
specialist skills and knowledge of Family Law Magistrates of Western Australia, appeals 
from these decrees are treated in the same manner as decrees from the Federal Circuit Court. 
The parity of decisions made by these two courts is continued in the FCFC Bill where appeals 
from decrees of the FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court) and 
from Family Law Magistrates of Western Australia, will by default, be heard by a single 
Judge of the FCFC (Division 1). As the Magistrates Court of Western Australia is a court of 
summary jurisdiction, new subsection 47A(2) is necessary to ensure that decrees of Family 
Law Magistrates are not treated in the same way as decrees of other Western Australian 
magistrates.  
193.  New subsection 47A(3) provides the time within which the appeal must be filed is as 
provided by the applicable Rules of Court that pertain to the particular court in which the 
appeal is filed. 
194.  New subsection 47A(4) invests the Supreme Court of each State with federal family 
law jurisdiction, and confers jurisdiction on the Supreme Court of each Territory, to hear 
appeals on matters of family law from courts of summary jurisdiction that are instituted under 
section 47A. 
195.  A note is inserted after subsection 47A(4) providing that, in relation to child support, 
section 101 of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and section 106 of the Child Support 
(Registration and Collection) Act 1988,
 are relevant as these sections confer appellate 
jurisdiction on the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and a Family Court of a State in 
relation to decrees of a court of summary jurisdiction in the relevant State or Territory. 
196.  New subsection 47A(5) provides that the Governor-General may provide, by 
proclamation, that a Supreme Court of the State or Territory will not institute appeals on 
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matters of family law from courts of summary jurisdiction from a certain date. The 
proclamation may apply only to proceedings of a particular class to ensure that the ability of a 
Supreme Court to hear appeals can differ in relation to the exercise of jurisdiction under the 
Family Law Act, the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 or the Child Support (Registration 
and Collection) Act 1988.
 
197.  The proclamation made under section 96, relating to the jurisdiction of the Supreme 
Courts of particular States and Territories to hear appeals is saved (see item 233 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill) and taken to be made for the purpose of subsection 47A(5).  
198.  New subsection 47A(6) provides how a court hearing an appeal under this subsection 
is to proceed and what evidence the court can have regard to. The court must consider the 
evidence that was given in the proceedings in the court of summary jurisdiction. The court 
may draw inferences of fact, or if it so chooses receive additional evidence given by other 
means that the court considers appropriate. This is consistent with the appellate jurisdiction 
provided to the Family Court under subsections 93A(2) and 96(4) of Part X of the Family 
Law Act, which is repealed by item 109 of Schedule 1 of this Bill.  
199.  Section 69GA provides that Subdivision C of Division 12 of Part VII of the Family 
Law Act, which broadly governs the jurisdiction of courts to hear Part VII proceedings, 
applies to prescribed state and territory courts in the same way as it applies to courts of 
summary jurisdiction. New subsection 47A(7) provides that section 47A applies to decrees of 
a court made in section 69GA proceedings in the same way as the section applies to decrees 
of a court of summary jurisdiction.  
200.  New section 47B provides that where an appeal is from a decree of a court of 
summary jurisdiction of a State or Territory exercising jurisdiction under the Child Support 
(Assessment) Act 1989 
or the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 then 
leave of the relevant court (being the FCFC (Division 1), or the Supreme Court of a State or 
Territory) is required. Currently, section 105 of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 and 
section 110 of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1998 provide for these 
appeals, including the need for leave to appeal. New section 47B replicates the effect of these 
sections and provides for the time in which an application for leave to appeal must be lodged 
to be prescribed in the applicable Rules of Court that pertain to the particular court in which 
the application is being filed. 
201.  New section 47C provides that the court may dismiss an appeal instituted under 
Division 4 of Part V, at any time, if it appears to the court to have no real prospect of success. 
This section replicates section 96AA of Part X of the Family Law Act which is repealed by 
item 109 of Schedule 1 of this Bill and is necessary because of the appeals jurisdiction that is 
retained in the Family Law Act in relation to courts of summary jurisdiction. 
202.  New subsection 47D(1) provides that an appeal to the High Court does not lie from a 
decree of a court of summary jurisdiction of a State or Territory, a Family Court of a State, or 
a Supreme Court of a State or Territory constituted by a single Judge exercising jurisdiction 
under the Family Law Act. 
203.  New subsection 47D(2) provides that if subsection 47D(1) is inconsistent with 
section 73 of the Constitution (which outlines the appellate jurisdiction of the High Court), 
subsection 47D(1) will have effect as though the words ‘except by special leave of the High 
Court’ were added to the end of subsection 47D(1). This provision is consistent with the 
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approach taken to High Court appeals from judgments of the FCFC (Division 1) and the 
FCFC (Division 2) (clauses 55 and 155 of the FCFC Bill), ensuring a consistent approach 
across all courts exercising family law and child support jurisdiction (that is, only to permit 
an appeal with special leave if the provision would otherwise be unconstitutional). This 
approach further enforces the appeals pathways in new section 47A. New section 47E 
provides that, despite the provisions of Division 4 of Part V of the Family Law Act, a court 
only has appellate jurisdiction in relation to a matter arising under regulations made for the 
purposes of section 111C of the Family Law Act, as provided by those regulations. The effect 
of section 47E is that the FCFC (Division 1) and a Supreme Court of a State or a Territory 
will not have appellate jurisdiction conferred on them by section 47A in relation to matters 
arising under regulations made for the purpose of section 111C of the Family Law Act. The 
appellate jurisdiction can only be conferred in the relevant regulation.  
204.  This section is necessary to ensure that appellate jurisdiction is not inadvertently 
conferred on the FCFC (Division 1) and the Supreme Court of a State or Territory under new 
section 47A, where the regulations made under section 111C have conferred or invested a 
federal, State or Territory court with jurisdiction (either original or appellate).  
205.  New section 47E is intended to have the same effect as section 96A of Part X of the 
Family Law Act, which is repealed by item 109 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 70 – Subsection 55(5) (paragraphs (d) and (e) of the definition of appeal
206.  Subsection 55(5) provides a definition for an appeal in relation to a divorce order.  
207.  Item 70 repeals and replaces paragraphs 55(5)(d) and (e) to reflect the structure, 
administration and officers of the new FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family 
Court) and FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), respectively.  
208.  These amendments identify those officers that have had, and continue to have, the 
authority to exercise certain powers and functions to which these paragraphs apply, and that 
need to be specified as a result of the new, narrower, definition of Registrar (see item 11 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
209.  New paragraph 55(5)(d) provides that for the FCFC (Division 1), an appeal includes a 
review of orders made by the Chief Executive Officer, or a Senior Registrar or Registrar of 
that Court.  
210.  New paragraph 55(5)(e) reflects that for the FCFC (Division 2) an appeal includes a 
review of orders made by the Chief Executive Officer, or a Senior Registrar or Registrar of 
that Court. 
Item 71 – Subsection 56(2) 
211.  Subsection 56(2) provides that, if a divorce order has taken effect, any person is 
entitled, on application to the Registry Manager, to receive a certificate signed by the 
Registrar of the court in which the divorce order has taken effect. 
212.  Item 71 omits all the words after ‘certificate’ in subsection 56(2) and substitutes 
paragraphs 56(2)(a) to (c), to reflect the structure, administration and officers of the new 
FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court), the FCFC (Division 2) (the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), and other courts exercising family law jurisdiction.  
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213.  These amendments identify those officers that have had, and continue to have, the 
authority to exercise certain powers and functions to which these paragraphs apply, but that 
need to be specified as a result of the new, narrower, definition of Registrar (see item 11 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 72 – At the end of Part VI 
214.  Item 72 inserts a new section 60 at the end of Part VI. New section 60 provides that 
no appeal lies from a divorce order after the order takes effect. New section 60 replicates 
section 93 of Part X of the Family Law Act which is repealed by item 109 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill.  
Item 73 – Subsection 60F(5) (definition of this Act
215.  Subsection 60F(5) provides that, in section 60F a reference to this Act includes a 
reference to the standard Rules of Court and the Federal Circuit Court Rules. 
216.  Item 73 repeals the definition of this Act in subsection 60F(5) and substitutes a new 
definition providing that this Act includes the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ to reflect that 
different sets of court rules that may be relevant to this section as a result of the FCFC 
(Division 1), FCFC (Division 2), and other relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction. 
Item 74 – Section 60G (heading) 
217.  Item 74 omits ‘Family Court may grant leave’ from the heading and substitutes 
‘Leave may be granted’, to reflect that the FCFC (Division 2) and the other courts as 
described in the section now exercise family law jurisdiction and may grant leave (see 
item 75 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 75 – Subsection 60G(1) 
218.  Subsection 60G(1) provides the courts that may grant leave for proceedings to be 
commenced for the adoption of a child by a prescribed adopting parent.  
219.  Item 75 omits the first occurring reference to ‘Family Court’ from subsection 60G(1) 
and substitutes a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ to provide 
that the FCFC (Division 2) can grant leave under this subsection. This reflects that the 
Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by 
subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
220.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
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Item 76 – Subsection 60H(6) (definition of this Act
221.  Subsection 60H(6) provides that, in section 60H a reference to this Act includes a 
reference to the standard Rules of Court and the Federal Circuit Court Rules. 
222.  Item 76 repeals the definition of this Act in subsection 60H(6) and substitutes a new 
definition providing that this Act includes the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ to reflect that 
different sets of court rules that may be relevant to this section as a result of the FCFC 
(Division 1), FCFC (Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction.  
Item 77 – Subsection 60HA(4) (definition of this Act
223.  Subsection 60HA(4) provides that, in section 60HA a reference to this Act includes a 
reference to the standard Rules of Court and the Federal Circuit Court Rules. 
224.  Item 77 repeals the definition of this Act in subsection 60HA(4) and substitutes a new 
definition providing that this Act includes the broader defined term of ‘applicable Rules of 
Court’ to reflect that different sets of court rules that may now be relevant to this section as a 
result of the FCFC (Division 1), FCFC (Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising 
family law jurisdiction. 
Item 78 – Subsection 60HB(2) (definition of this Act
225.  Subsection 60HB(2) provides that, in section 60HB a reference to this Act includes a 
reference to the standard Rules of Court and Federal Circuit Court Rules. 
226.  Item 78 repeals the definition of this Act in subsection 60HB(2) and substitutes a new 
definition providing that this Act includes the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ to reflect that 
different sets of court rules that may now be relevant to this section as a result of the FCFC 
(Division 1), FCFC (Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction. 
Item 79 – Subsections 60I(2) to (5) 
227.  Subsections 60I(2) to (5) are transitional provisions providing for the family dispute 
resolution requirements that applied between 2006 and 2008.  
228.  Item 79 repeals subsections 60I(2) to (5) as they no longer have application.  
Item 80 – Subsection 60I(6) (heading) 
229.  Item 80 repeals the heading to subsection 60I(6) ‘Phase 3 (from July 2008)’ and 
substitutes a new heading ‘Application for a Part VII order’. This is required because the 
repeal of subsections 60I(2) to (5) (see item 79 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) removes the 
references to phases 1 and 2 and therefore renders the current phase 3 heading redundant. The 
substituted heading reflects that subsection 60I(6) is relevant to all applications for a Part VII 
order.  
Item 81 – Paragraph 60J(1)(a) 
230.  Paragraph 60J(1)(a) refers to circumstances when subsections 60I(7) to 60I(12) apply 
by referencing subsections 60I(5) and (6).  
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231.  Item 81 omits ‘subsections 60I(5) and (6)’ and substitutes a reference to 
‘subsection 60I(6)’ to reflect that subsection 60I(5) has been repealed (see item 79 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 82 – Subsection 64B(9) (definition of this Act
232.  Subsection 64B(9) provides that in section 64B ‘this Act’ a reference to this Act 
includes a reference to the standard Rules of Court and Federal Circuit Court Rules. 
233.  Item 82 repeals the definition of this Act in subsection 64B(9) and substitutes a new 
definition providing that this Act includes the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ to reflect that 
different sets of court rules that may now be relevant to this section as a result of the FCFC 
(Division 1), FCFC (Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction. 
Item 83 – Subsection 65D(3) (note) 
234.  The note to subsection 65D(3) provides information about the statutory provisions 
that provide for particular matters to be transferred between the Family Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court.  
235.  Item 83 repeals the note and substitutes new notes 1 and 2. The new notes identify the 
powers in the FCFC Bill that provide for transfers of matters between the FCFC (Division 1) 
and FCFC (Division 2) using the new titles to appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 
2). 
Item 84 – Subsection 67Z(2) 
236.  Subsection 67Z(2) provides that, in circumstances outlined in subsection 67Z(1), an 
interested person must file a notice in the prescribed form and serve a copy on the person 
alleged to have abused the child or from whom the child is alleged to be at risk of abuse. 
237.  Item 84 omits the reference to ‘prescribed form’ and substitutes a reference to ‘an 
approved form’ to reflect the changes made by item 85 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 85 – Subsection 67Z(4) 
238.  Item 85 inserts a definition of approved form into subsection 67Z(4) which provides 
that ‘approved form means a form approved for the purposes of this section under the 
applicable Rules of Court.’ The inclusion of this definition, in conjunction with the 
amendments made by items 84 and 86 of Schedule 1 of this Bill has the effect that the form 
required to be completed and served under subsection 67Z(2) does not need to be prescribed 
in, but can instead be approved under, the applicable Rules of Court. 
Item 86 – Subsection 67Z(4) 
239.  Item 86 repeals the definitions of prescribed form in subsection 67Z(4).  
240.  The definition of prescribed form will no longer be required as a result of the 
amendments made by items 84 and 85 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, which provide that the form 
is now an approved form
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Item 87 – Paragraph 67ZA(1)(a) 
241.  Item 87 omits paragraph 67ZA(1)(a), which specifies the persons in the Family Court 
who have obligations under section 67ZA, and substitutes new paragraphs 67ZA(1)(a) to (ab) 
to cover all relevant officers in the new FCFC Division 1 (the continuation of the Family 
Court) and FCFC Division 2 (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court).  
242.  These amendments identify those officers that have had, and continue to have, 
obligations under section 67ZA, and that need to be specified as a result of a change to the 
definition of Registrar (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 88 – Paragraph 67ZA(1)(c) 
243.  Item 88 repeals paragraph 67ZA(1)(c), which specifies the persons in the Federal 
Circuit Court who have obligations under section 67ZA, as it is redundant as a result of new 
paragraph 67ZA(1)(ab) inserted by item 87 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 89 – Subsection 67ZBA(2) 
244.  Subsection 67ZBA(2) provides that, in circumstances outlined in subsection 
67ZBA(1), an interested person must file a notice in the prescribed form and serve a copy on 
the party referred to in paragraph 67ZBA(1)(a) or (b). 
245.  Item 89 omits the reference to ‘prescribed form’ and substitutes a reference to ‘an 
approved form’ to reflect the changes made by item 90 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 90 – Subsection 67ZBA(4) 
246.  Item 90 inserts a definition of approved form into subsection 67ZBA(4) which 
provides that ‘approved form means a form approved for the purposes of this section under 
the applicable Rules of Court.’ The inclusion of this definition, in conjunction with the 
amendments made by items 89 and 91 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, has the effect that the form 
required to be completed and served under subsection 67ZBA(2) does not need to be 
prescribed in, but can be instead approved under, the applicable Rules of Court. 
Item 91 – Subsection 67ZBA(4) 
247.  Item 91 repeals the definitions of prescribed form in subsection 67ZBA(4).  
248.  The definition of prescribed form will no longer be required as a result of the 
amendments made by items 89 and 90 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, which provide that the form 
is now an approved form
Item 92 – Section 69H (heading) 
249.  Item 92 omits the heading to section 69H and substitutes a new heading ‘Jurisdiction 
of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2), State Family Courts and 
Northern Territory Supreme Court’. 
250.  The heading will not refer the FCFC (Division 1) as, consistent with the 
implementation of a single point of entry into the family courts, a party will not be able to 
institute proceedings under Part VII of the Family Law Act in the FCFC (Division 1) 
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(see item 93). Noting that clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be 
transferred to or by the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 93 – Subsection 69H(1) 
251.  Subsection 69H(1) provides that jurisdiction is conferred on the Family Court in 
matters arising under this Part. 
252.  Item 93 omits ‘Family Court’ as having jurisdiction under this Part and substitutes the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to provide that the FCFC 
(Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction in relation to 
matters arising under Part VII of the Family Law Act. The conferral of jurisdiction on the 
FCFC (Division 2) is not a new conferral as the Federal Circuit Court is vested with 
jurisdiction by subsection 69H(4) (which, now being provided for in this item, is repealed at 
item 94 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
253.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This reflects that 
the original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1), as provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, 
is limited to family law or child support matters transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 
of the FCFC Bill. The intent of this change is to create an effective single point of entry into 
the family law courts, where court-users file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 94 – Subsection 69H(4) 
254.  The requirement for Family Law Act Part VII jurisdiction to be conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court (which continues in existence as the FCFC Division 2) is redundant due 
to the amendment in item 93 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, and therefore subsection 69H(4) is 
repealed. 
Item 95 – Paragraphs 69N(2)(a) to (d) and (3)(a) to (d) 
255.  Subsection 69N(2) provides that, where proceedings for a parenting order are 
instituted or transferred to a court of summary jurisdiction and the respondent seeks an order 
different from that sought in the application, the court must inform the parties that unless they 
consent to the court hearing and determining the proceedings the court must transfer the 
proceedings to one of the courts specified in paragraphs 69N(2)(a) to (d).  
256.  Subsection 69N(3) provides that, where proceedings for a parenting order are 
instituted or transferred to a court of summary jurisdiction and the respondent seeks an order 
different from that sought in the application, unless the parties agree to the court hearing and 
determining the proceedings the court must transfer the proceedings to one of the courts 
specified in paragraphs 69N(3)(a) to (d).  
257.  Item 95 repeals paragraphs 69N(2) (a) to (d) and paragraphs 69N(3)(a) to (d) and 
replaces them with new paragraphs 69N(2)(a) to (c) and 69N(3)(a) to (c), respectively. New 
paragraphs 69N(2)(a) and 69N(3)(a) specify the FCFC (Division 2) as a body to which the 
parties must be informed a matter will be transferred and the body which a matter is to be 
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transferred respectively. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in existence 
as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
258.  To support an effective single point of entry into the family law courts, subsections 
69N(2) and (3) will no longer provide for the transfer of matters from courts of summary 
jurisdiction directly to the Family Court, continuing as the FCFC (Division 1). Noting that 
clauses 51 and 149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred from the FCFC 
(Division 2) to the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 96 – Subparagraphs 69N(5)(b)(i) to (iv)  
259.  Paragraph 69N(5)(b) provides that despite a party not being entitled to object (without 
leave) to a court of summary jurisdiction hearing and determining proceedings if the parties 
have previously consented to the court hearing and determining the proceedings, the court 
may, on its own initiative, transfer the proceedings to one of the courts specified in 
subparagraphs 69N(5)(b)(i) to (iv).  
260.  Item 96 repeals subparagraphs 69N(5)(b)(i) to (iv) and substitutes new paragraphs 
69N(5)(b)(i) to (iii). New paragraph 69N(5)(b)(i) specifies the FCFC (Division 2) as a body 
to which a court of summary jurisdiction may transfer a matter. This reflects that the Federal 
Circuit Court is continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 
8(2) of the FCFC Bill). 
261.  To support an effective single point of entry into the family law courts, subsection 
69N(5) will no longer provide for the transfer of matters from courts of summary jurisdiction 
directly to the Family Court, continuing as the FCFC (Division 1). Noting that clauses 51 and 
149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred from the FCFC (Division 2) to 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 97 – Paragraph 69N(6)(a) to (d) 
262.  Subsection 69N(6) provides that a court of summary jurisdiction must transfer 
proceedings to one of the courts, specified in paragraphs 69N(6)(a) to (d), if the court has 
given a party leave to object to the court hearing and determining the matter.  
263.  Item 97 repeals paragraphs 69N(6)(a) to (d) and substitutes new paragraphs 69N(6)(a) 
to (c). New paragraph 69N(6)(a) specifies the FCFC (Division 2) as a body to which a court 
of summary jurisdiction must transfer a matter. This reflects that the Federal Circuit Court is 
continued in existence as the FCFC (Division 2) (as provided by subclause 8(2) of the FCFC 
Bill). 
264.  To support an effective single point of entry into the family law courts, subsection 
69N(6) will no longer provide for the transfer of matters from courts of summary jurisdiction 
directly to the Family Court, continuing as the FCFC (Division 1). Noting that clauses 51 and 
149 of the FCFC Bill will provide for matters to be transferred from the FCFC (Division 2) to 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 98 – Section 69ZO 
265.  Section 69ZO provides that certain persons (a Judge, Judicial Registrar, Registrar or 
magistrate), who is hearing child-related proceedings in Chambers, has all the duties and 
powers a court has under Division 12A of Part VII of the Family Law Act. 
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266.  Item 98 repeals and replaces section 69ZO to reflect the structure, administration and 
officers of the new FCFC, including Division 1 (the continuation of the Family Court), 
Division 2 (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), and other courts exercising family 
law jurisdiction under this provision.  
267.  The amendments identify the persons that had, and continue to have, all the duties and 
powers of a court under the division, but that need to be specified to reflect the relevant 
officers of the FCFC, and as a result of the narrower definition of Registrar in the Family 
Law Act (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 99 – Subsection 69ZR(3) 
268.  Subsection 69ZR(3) provides that a certain person (a Judge, Judicial Registrar, 
Registrar or magistrate) who exercises a power under subsection 69ZR(1), is not required to 
disqualify himself or herself from a further hearing of the proceedings. 
269.  Item 99 omits the reference to ‘Judge, Judicial Registrar, Registrar or magistrate’ and 
substitutes a reference to ‘a person’ to ensure that this subsection captures all the persons who 
may exercise powers under subsection 69ZR(1). 
Item 100 – Section 70M (heading) 
270.  Section 70M is headed ‘Registrar to send documents etc. to overseas jurisdiction’.  
271.  Item 100 omits ‘Registrar’ from the heading and substitutes ‘Registry Manager’ to 
accurately reflect the person who currently has obligations under section 70M.  
Item 101 – Paragraph 70NFD(a) 
272.  Paragraph 70NFD(a) provides that, a community service order made under paragraph 
70NFB(2)(a) by the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court, may be varied or discharged 
by either of those Courts.  
273.  Item 101 amends paragraph 70NFD(a) to remove the terms ‘Family Court’ and 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replace them with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’ or the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’, 
consistent with the new court structure and functions under the FCFC Bill.  
Item 102 – Paragraph 70NFD(b) 
274.  Paragraph 70NFD(b) provides that, a community service order made under 
paragraph 70NFB(2)(a) by a court other than the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court, 
may be varied or discharged by the Family Court.  
275.  Item 102 omits ‘Family Court’ from paragraph 70NFD(b) and substitutes with the 
term ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’, which captures both the FCFC 
(Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) and the FCFC (Division 2) (the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court) consistent with the new court structure and 
functions under the FCFC Bill. 
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Item 103 – Subsection 79(9) 
276.  Subsection 79(9) provides that the Family Court or a Family Court of a State shall not 
make an order under section 79 in property settlement proceedings unless one of the 
circumstances in paragraphs 79(9)(a) to (c) is satisfied. 
277.  Item 103 replaces the first occurring reference to ‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court (Division 1)’ to reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1), consistent with the new court structure and functions under the FCFC Bill. 
Item 104 – Paragraph 79(9)(a)  
278.  Paragraph 79(9)(a) provides one of the circumstances that, having been satisfied, 
would allow the Family Court or a Family Court of the State to make an order under section 
79. The circumstance provided in paragraph 79(9)(a) is that the parties to proceedings have 
attended a conference with a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Family Court or a Registrar 
or Deputy Registrar of a Family Court of that State.  
279.  Item 104 repeals subparagraph 79(9)(a) and substitutes a new paragraph with a 
subparagraph (i) – that replaces the term ‘Family Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ (the continuation of the Family Court), and identifies those 
officers that have exercised, and continue to exercise the certain powers and functions to 
which the paragraph applies, and that need to be specified as a result of the new, narrower, 
definition of Registrar (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
280.  New subparagraph 79(9)(a)(ii) provides, in relation to the Family Court of a State, 
that the parties must attend a conference with the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of that 
Family Court and does not change the jurisdiction of the Family Court of a State, or its 
officers, to which the paragraph applies.  
Item 105 – Paragraph 79H(3)(c) 
281.  Paragraph 79H(3)(c) provides that the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ may make 
provision for a person who satisfies the circumstances in paragraphs 79H(3)(a) to (c), to 
notify a court exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act of the proceedings under the 
Bankruptcy Act 1966. The circumstances provided by paragraph 79H(3)(c) are that the 
person becomes a party to particular proceeding before the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court under the Bankruptcy Act 1966.  
282.  Item 105 replaces the term ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) as provided by the FCFC Bill. 
Item 106 – Subsection 90SM(9) 
283.  Subsection 90SM(9) provides that the Family Court shall not make an order under 
section 90SM in property settlement proceedings unless one of the circumstances in 
paragraphs 90SM(9)(a) to (c) is satisfied. 
284.  Item 106 replaces the reference to ‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court (Division 1)’ to reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) 
as provided by the FCFC Bill. 
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Item 107 – Paragraph 90SM(9)(a) 
285.  Paragraph 90SM(9)(a) provides one of the circumstances that, having been satisfied, 
allowed the Family Court to make an order under section 90SM. The circumstance provided 
in paragraph 90SM(9)(a) is that the parties to proceedings must have attended a conference 
with a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Family Court.  
286.  Item 107 repeals subparagraph 90SM(9)(a) and substitutes a new paragraph 
90SM(9)(a) that reflects the structure, administration and officers of the new FCFC 
(Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court), and identifies the officers that had, and 
continue to have, the relevant duties to which the paragraph applies, but that need to be 
specified as a result of the new, narrower, definition of Registrar (see item 11 of Schedule 1 
of this Bill).  
Item 108 – Paragraph 90SQ(3)(c) 
287.  Paragraph 90SQ(3)(c) provides that the ‘applicable Rules of Court’ may make 
provision for a person who satisfies the circumstances in paragraphs 90SQ(3)(a) to (c), to 
notify a court exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act of the proceedings under the 
Bankruptcy Act 1966. The circumstances provided by paragraph 90SQ(3)(c) are that the 
person becomes a party to particular proceeding before the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court under the Bankruptcy Act 1966. 
288.  Item 108 replaces the term ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) as provided by the FCFC Bill.  
Item 109 – Part X 
289.  Item 109 repeals ‘Part X – Appeals’. The FCFC (Division 1) will hear family law 
appeals with the exception of certain appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction (see item 
69 of Schedule 1 to this Bill and clause 26 of the FCFC Bill. 
Item 110 – Subsection 97(1) 
290.  Subsection 97(1) provides that in all proceedings in the Family Court, Federal Circuit 
Court or in a Court of a Territory (other than the Northern Territory), when exercising 
jurisdiction under the Family Law Act, shall be heard in open court.  
291.  Item 110 omits ‘Family Court, in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and 
substitutes the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ to reflect the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2), as provided for in clause 8 of the FCFC Bill. 
Item 111 – Subsection 97(1A) 
292.  Subsection 97(1A) provides that the regulations and the applicable Rules of Court 
may authorise proceedings to be heard by a Judge, Judicial Registrar, Registrar or magistrate 
sitting in Chambers.  
293.  Item 111 omits the words after ‘heard’ in subsection 97(1A) and substitutes 
subparagraphs 97(1A)(a) to (b), to reflect the structure, administration and officers of the 
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FCFC, including the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court), the FCFC 
(Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), and other courts exercising 
family law jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  
294.  The amendments also identify the persons that the subsection applied, and continues 
to apply, to and that need to be specified as a result of the narrower definition of Registrar in 
the Family Law Act (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 112 – Subsection 97(2) 
295.  Subsection 97(2) provides that in proceedings in the Family Court, or in another court, 
the court may, on application or of its own motion, make one of the orders specified in 
paragraphs 97(2)(a) to (c).  
296.  Item 112 omits ‘Family Court,’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia’ to simply and accurately reference the courts exercising jurisdiction under the 
Family Law Act to which this subsection applies. The reference to ‘Family Court’ is no 
longer accurate given the change to the FCFC as a result of the FCFC Bill. 
Item 113 – Subsection 98(1) 
297.  Subsection 98(1) provides that the standard Rules of Court may provide for evidence 
of any material matter to be given on affidavit at certain types of hearings.  
298.  Item 113 omits ‘(1)’, necessitated by the amendment made by item 115 of Schedule 1 
of this Bill which deletes the only other subsection in section 98.  
Item 114 – Subsection 98(1)  
299.  Subsection 98(1) provides that the standard Rules of Court may provide for evidence 
of any material matter to be given on affidavit at certain types of hearings.  
300.  Item 114 omits ‘standard Rules of Court’ and substitutes ‘applicable Rules of Court’ 
to reflect that different sets of court rules that may now be relevant to this section as a result 
of the new FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising 
family law jurisdiction.  
Item 115 – Subsection 98(2) 
301.  Subsection 98(2) provided that section 98 (relating to the provision of evidence) does 
not apply to the Federal Circuit Court. This is because the Federal Circuit Court is governed 
by its own Act and Rules.  
302.  Item 115 of Schedule 1 of this Bill repeals subsection 98(2) so that the broader 
application of section 98 (provided for by item 114 of Schedule 1 to this Bill) is not rendered 
inoperative.  
Item 116 – Sections 98AA and 98AB 
303.  Section 98AA governs the administration of oaths and affirmations in the Family 
Court. Section 98AB governs how an affidavit, used in proceedings in the Family Court, is to 
be sworn or affirmed.  
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304.  Item 116 repeals subsections 98AA and 98AB as equivalent procedural provisions 
have been provided for in Part 1 of Chapter 3 of the FCFC Bill.  
Item 117 – Subsection 100B(2) 
305.  Subsection 100B(2) provides that a child must not be called as a witness or present 
during proceedings in the Family Court, or another court exercising jurisdiction under the 
Family Law Act, unless the court makes an order allowing a child to be called as a witness or 
be present. 
306.  Item 117 omits ‘the Family Court’ from subsection 100B(2) and substitutes ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ to reflect that the Family Court is continued in 
existence as the FCFC by subclause 8(1) of the FCFC Bill. 
Item 118 – Subsection 102F(7) (definition of courtroom
307.  Subsection 102F(7) defines courtroom both in relation to a split court and in relation 
to a court that is not split. 
308.  Item 118 replaces the definition of courtroom to remove the concept of a split court. 
The concept of a split court is no longer required in the Family Law Act, as this Act will no 
longer establish or directly govern the operation of the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 119 – Subsection 102G(2) 
309.  Subsection 102G(2) provides the circumstance in which and how a court may direct 
or allow documents to be put to a person in a court that is not a split court. 
310.  Item 119 omits in subsection 102G(2) ‘(that is not a split court)’ as ‘split court’ will 
no longer be a concept directly provided for in the Family Law Act, as this Act will no longer 
establish or directly govern the operation of the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 120 – Subsection 102G(3) 
311.  Subsection 102G(3) provides the circumstance in which and how a court may direct 
or allow documents to be put to a person in a court that is a split court. 
312.  Item 120 repeals subsection 102G(3) as a ‘split court’ will no longer be a concept 
directly provided for in the Family Law Act. 
Item 121 – Section 102H  
313.  Section 102H provides how the circumstances in which and how a court may direct or 
allow document to be put to a court that is a split court.  
314.  Item 121 repeals section 102H which exclusively applies to split courts, as a ‘split 
court’ will no longer be a concept directly provided for in the Family Law Act.  
Item 122 – Subsection 102J(1) 
315.  Subsection 102J(1) provides how an oath or affirmation is to be administered in 
relation to a person giving testimony remotely.  
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316.  Item 122 omits ‘(1)’ which is necessitated by the amendment made by item 123 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill repealing the only other subsection in section 102J.  
Item 123 – Subsection 102J(2) 
317.  Subsection 102J(2) defines ‘courtroom or other place where the court or the Judge is 
sitting’ for the purpose of section 102J, by reference to ‘split court’. 
318.  Item 123 repeals subsection 102J(2)’ as a ‘split court’ will no longer be a concept 
directly provided for in the Family Law Act. 
Item 124 – Paragraph 102K(1)(c) 
319.  Item 124 omits in paragraph 102K(1)(c) ‘Division; or’ and substitutes ‘Division’ 
which is required because of the repeal of paragraph 102K(1)(d) (see item 125 of Schedule 1 
of this Bill). 
Item 125 – Paragraph 102K(1)(d) 
320.  Subsection 102K(1) provides that the court or a Judge may make such orders as the 
court or Judge thinks just for the payment of expenses , incurred in connection with the 
circumstances outlined in paragraphs 102K(1)(a) to (d). 
321.  Paragraph 102K(1)(d) specifies the court sitting as a split court as one of the relevant 
circumstances for the purpose of subsection 102K(1). 
322.  Item 125 repeals paragraph 102K(1)(d) as a ‘split court’ will no longer be a concept 
directly provided for in the Family Law Act. 
Item 126 – Division 3 of Part XI 
323.  Division 3 of Part XI exclusively deals with splits courts.  
324.  Item 126 repeals Division 3 of Part XI as a ‘split court’ will no longer be a concept 
directly provided for in the Family Law Act.  
Item 127 – Division 4 of Part XI (heading) 
325.  Division 4 of Part XI is headed ‘Division 4 – cross-examination of parties where 
allegations of family violence’. 
326.  Item 127 repeals this heading and substitutes ‘Division 3—Cross-examination of 
parties where allegations of family violence’ to renumber the division required as a result of 
the amendment made by item 126 of Schedule 1 to this Bill, which repeals the existing 
Division 3.  
Item 128 – Subsection 102Q(1) (paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of appropriate 
court official

327.  Subsection 102Q(1) provides a list of definitions for the purpose of Part XIB – 
Vexatious Proceedings. Paragraphs 102(Q)(a) and (b) provide the definition of ‘appropriate 
court official’ in relation to the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, respectively. 
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328.  Item 128 repeals paragraphs 102Q(1)(a) and (b) of the definition of ‘appropriate court 
official’, and substitutes ‘(a) in relation to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia—the Chief Executive Officer; and’. This is to reflect that, under the new court 
structure, while the Chief Executive Officer is appointed to the FCFC (Division 1), they will 
be, in effect, Chief Executive Officer of both the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 129 – Subsection 105(1) (note) 
329.  Subsection 105(1) provides that, subject to Part XIII of the Act, the regulations, and 
the applicable Rules of Court, all decrees made under the Family Law Act may be enforced 
by any court having jurisdiction under the Act.  
330.  The note to subsection 105(1) provides that, for example, the Federal Circuit Court 
can enforce decrees made by the Family Court.  
331.  Item 129 repeals the note to subsection 105(1) as the references are no longer 
applicable. 
Item 130 – Subsection 109A(1) 
332.   Subsection 109A(1) provides that the power for Judges to make Rules of Court under 
section 123 of the Act extends to making rules for or in relation to, or anything incidental to, 
the enforcement by the court of certain orders under the Family Law Act, the Child Support 
(Registration and Collection) Act 1988, or the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989.  
333.  Item 130 omits ‘the Judges, or a majority of them’ and substitutes ‘the Chief Justice 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ to appropriately reflect that 
the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) has the power to make Rules of Court under 
section 123 of the Act (see item 152 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). This will be consequentially 
amended to provide that the Judges of the FCFC (Division 1), or a majority of the Judges, 
will make the Rules of Court. 
Item 131 – Subsection 109A(5) (note) 
334.   Subsection 109A(5) provides that for the purposes of section 109A, property means 
real or personal property. The note to subsection 109A(5) provides that the powers to make 
Rules of Court are also contained in sections 26B and 37A of the Act. 
335.  Item 131 repeals the note to subsection 109A(5). The note is no longer required as 
Part IV (which contains section 26B and 37A) is repealed by item 36 of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill, and substantially provided for in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 132 – After section 109A 
336.  Item 132 inserts section 109AA, ‘Rules of Court relating to enforcement – Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’, after section 109A.  
337.  Section 109AA provides that the rule making power in relation to the FCFC 
(Division 1) includes the rule making power in section 109A.  
338.  These sections are required so that the rules of the kind covered under section 109A 
can be made in the rules that apply to the new FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the 
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Family Court). The application of this rule making power to the FCFC (Division 2) (the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court) is provided for in section 109B (as amended by 
items 133 to 137 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 133 – Section 109B (heading) 
339.  Section 109B is headed ‘Rules of Court relating to enforcement – Federal Circuit 
Court’. 
340.  Item 133 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from the heading and substitutes ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect that the Federal Circuit Court 
continues as the FCFC (Division 2) as provided for in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 134 – Subsection 109B(1) 
341.  Subsection 109B(1) provides that section 109A applies to the making of Rules of 
Court under section 81 of the Federal Circuit Court Act, in a corresponding way to how it 
applies to the making of Rules of Court under section 123 of the Act. 
342.  Item 134 omits ‘section 81 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ and 
substitutes ‘Chapter 4 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’ to 
appropriately reference the appropriate rule making power in relation to the FCFC 
(Division 2), noting that the Federal Circuit Court Act is repealed Schedule 3 of this Bill.  
Item 135 – Paragraphs 109B(2)(a) and (b) 
343.  Paragraphs 109B(2)(a) and (b) provide that, for the purpose of the application of 
section 109A in accordance with subsection 109B(1), the references to ‘the court’ in 
subsections 109A(1) and (2) are to be read as a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia’. 
344.  Item 135 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) as provided for in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 136 – Paragraph 109B(2)(c) 
345.  Paragraph 109B(2)(c) provides that, for the purpose of the application of section 109A 
in accordance with subsection 109B(1), the reference to a ‘Registrar’ in subsection 109A(2) 
are to be read as a reference to a ‘Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. 
346.  Item 136 omits ‘a Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and substitutes 
‘the Chief Executive Officer, or a Registrar of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2), and to identify those relevant officers of the court that the section 
applied, and continues to apply, which needs to be specified as a result of the narrower 
definition of Registrar in the Family Law Act (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 137 – Subsection 109B(3) 
347.  Subsection 109B(3) provides that section 109A has no effect in relation to the Federal 
Circuit Court except as provided by subsections 109B(1) and (2). 
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348.  Item 137 replaces the term ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) as provided by the FCFC Bill. 
Item 138 – At the end of subsection 111C(5) 
349.  Subsection 111C(5) provides that regulations made for the purpose of section 111C 
may confer jurisdiction on a federal court or a court of a territory, or invest a court of a state 
with federal jurisdiction, in addition to any other jurisdiction provided for under the Family 
Law Act. 
350.  Item 138 inserts, at the end of subsection 111C(5), ‘or the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia Act 2019’, to recognise that this Act also provides family law jurisdiction. 
Item 139 – Subsection 111C(7A) 
351.  Subsection 111C(7A) provides that the power of Judges to make Rules of Court under 
section 123 extends to making Rules of Court for or in relation to the making of adoption 
orders. 
352.  Item 139 omits ‘the Judges, or a majority of them,’ and substitutes ‘the Chief Justice 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ to reflect that the Chief 
Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) has the power to make Rules of Court under section 123 of 
the Family Law Act (see item 152 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 140 – After subsection 111C(7A) 
353.  Item 140 inserts, after subsection 111C(7A), subsections (7B) and (7C) to extend the 
rule making power of the relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction, as provided in 
the FCFC Bill. 
354.  Subsection 111C(7B) provides that the rule making power of the Chief Justice in 
relation to the FCFC (Division 1) extends to the making of Rules of Court for or in relation to 
adoption orders. 
355.  Subsection 111C(7C) provides that the rule making power of the Chief Judge in 
relation to the FCFC (Division 2) extends to the making of Rules of Court for or in relation to 
adoption orders. 
Item 141 – Paragraph 111CV(1A)(b) 
356.  Section 111CV relates to the obligation to inform a competent authority about serious 
danger to a child in relation to international protection of children. Subsection 111CV(1A) 
specifies who this obligation applies to under the section. Paragraph 111CV(1A)(b) specifies 
‘the Registrar or a Deputy Registrar of a Registry of the Family Court of Australia’. 
357.  Item 141 repeals paragraph 111CV(1A)(b) and substitutes paragraphs 11CV(1A)(b), 
(ba) and (bb), which specifies the Chief Executive Officer, a Senior Registrar or Registrar of 
the FCFC (Division 1), and a Senior Registrar or Registrar of the FCFC (Division 2), 
respectively. 
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358.  This reflects the structure, administration and officers of the FCFC (Division 1) (the 
continuation of the Family Court) and the FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court).  
359.  The amendments identify the relevant officers to which the subsection applied, and 
continues to apply, which needs to be specified as a result of the narrower definition of 
Registrar in the Family Law Act (see item 11 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 142 – Paragraph 111CV(1A)(d) 
360.  Section 111CV relates to the obligation to inform a competent authority about serious 
danger to a child in relation to international protection of children. Subsection 111CV(1A) 
specifies who this obligation applies to under the section. Paragraph 111CV(1A)(d) specifies 
‘a Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. 
361.  Item 142 repeals paragraph 111CV(1A)(d) as the updated reference to a Registrar of 
the FCFC (Division 2), consistent with the structure, administration and functions of the new 
FCFC, is provided for in new paragraph 111CV(1A)(bb) (see item 141 of Schedule 1 of this 
Bill). 
Item 143 – Section 112AA (definition of applicable Rules of Court
362.  Item 143 repeals the definition of applicable Rules of Court, as item 3 of Schedule 1 
of this Bill substitutes an amended definition that captures all the different rules applicable to 
the different courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
Item 144 – Subsection 112AK(1) 
363.  Subsection 112AK(1) provides that orders made under section 112AD by the Family 
Court may be varied or discharged by the Family Court (paragraph 112AK(1)(a)). If an order 
was made by another court under section 112AD, it may be varied or discharged by the court 
that made the order or the Family Court (paragraph 112AK(1)(b)). 
364.  Item 144 repeals subsection 112AK(1) and substitutes a new subsection 112AK(1) 
providing that the relevant order may be varied or discharged by the court that made the order 
or the FCFC, which includes FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) and 
the FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court).  
Item 145 – Subsection 115(2) 
365.  Section 115 provides for the establishment of a Family Law Council. Subsection 
115(2) provides that the Council shall consist of, amongst others, a ‘Judge of the Family 
Court’.  
366.  Item 145 omits ‘Family Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia’ to appropriately reflect that both the FCFC (Division 1) (continuation of the 
Family Court) and FCFC (Division 2) (continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), provided 
for by the FCFC Bill, exercise family law jurisdiction. Therefore, a Judge from either the 
FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2) is an appropriate person to sit on a Family Law 
Council. 
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Item 146 – At the end of subsection 117(2) 
367.  Subsection 117(2) relates to the court’s ability to make orders as to costs and security 
for costs as it considers just, subject to other subsections.  
368.  Item 146 inserts two notes at the end of subsection 117(2) directing readers to the 
relevant provisions of the FCFC Bill, which contain further provisions about the award of 
costs. 
Item 147 – Subsection 121(10) (note) 
369.  The note to subsection 121(10) provides that powers to make Rules of Court are also 
contained in sections 26B, 37A, 109A and 123 of the Act.  
370.  Item 147 omits ‘26B, 37A,’ from the note as these sections are contained in Part IV of 
the Family Law Act which is repealed by item 36 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 148 – After section 122 
371.  Item 148 inserts a new section 122AAA, headed ‘Protection of Registrars conducting 
conferences about property matters’. This section provides that a Registrar of a Family Court 
of a State, in conducting conferences with parties to property settlement proceedings that 
relate to those proceedings, has the same protection and immunity as a Judge of the Court has 
in performing the functions of a Judge.  
372.  New section 122AAA is identical in operation to section 38Z to the extent that section 
38Z applies to Registrars of a Family Court of a State. Section 38Z will be repealed by 
item 36 of Schedule 1 to this Bill as this section falls within Part IVA. The operation of the 
section will still be relevant and, as such, new provisions to the same effect are required in 
the relevant Acts. 
373.  Identical protections for registrars of the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC 
(Division 2) are provided in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 149 – Subsection 122A(1) 
374.  Subsection 122A(1) specifies the persons, who are authorised by the Family Law Act, 
or a warrant issued under the Family Law Act, the standard Rules of Court or the related 
Federal Circuit Court Rules, to whom sections 122A and 122AA apply. 
375.  Item 149 omits ‘the standard Rules of Court or the related Federal Circuit Court 
Rules’ and substitutes ‘or the applicable Rules of Court’ to reflect the different sets of court 
rules that may now be relevant to this section as a result of the FCFC (Division 1), FCFC 
(Division 2) and other relevant courts exercising family law jurisdiction. 
Item 150 - Paragraphs 122A(1)(a) and (b) 
376.  Paragraphs 122A(1)(a) and (b) identify a Marshal of the Family Court and a Deputy 
Marshal of the Family Court respectively as persons to whom sections 122A and 122AA 
apply.  
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377.  Item 150 omits ‘Family Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) to reflect that the Family Court is continued in existence as the FCFC 
(Division 1).  
Item 151 – Paragraphs 122A(1)(c) and (d) 
378.  Paragraphs 122A(1)(c) and (d) identify the Sheriff of the Federal Circuit Court and 
the Deputy Sheriff of the Federal Circuit Court respectively as persons to whom sections 
122A and 122AA apply. 
379.  Item 151 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) to reflect that the Federal Circuit Court is continued in 
existence as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 152 – Subsection 123(1) 
380.  Section 123 provides the Judges, or a majority of them, the power to make Rules of 
Court in relation to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Family Court and other 
courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
381.  Item 152 omits ‘Judges, or a majority of them,’ and substitutes ‘Chief Justice of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ to reflect that the Chief Justice of 
the FCFC (Division 1) has the power to make Rules of Court under section 123 of the Family 
Law Act. By virtue of amendments made by item 156 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, Rules of 
Court made under section 123 will not apply to the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of 
the Family Court) or the FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court), 
but will continue to apply to other courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  
Item 153 – Subsection 123(1) 
382.  Section 123 provides the Judges, or a majority of them, the power to make Rules of 
Court in relation to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Family Court and other 
courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
383.  Item 153 omits ‘in the Family Court and subject to subsection 69GA(3), any other 
court’ from subsection 123(1) and substitutes ‘, subject to subsection 69GA(3), in a court’ to 
reflect that, by virtue of amendments made by item 164 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, Rules of 
Court made under section 123 will not apply to the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of 
the Family Court).  
Item 154 – Subsection 123(1) 
384.  Section 123 provides the Judges, or a majority of them, the power to make Rules of 
Court in relation to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Family Court and other 
courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
385.  Item 154 omits ‘those courts’ from subsection 123(1) and substitutes ‘the court’, 
which is required as a result of the amendments made by item 164 of Schedule 1 of this Bill 
to ensure that the language used throughout subsection 123(1) is consistent. 
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Item 155 – Paragraph 123(1)(b) 
386.  Paragraph 123(1)(b) provides that the rule making power in section 123 includes a 
power providing for and in relation to the manner of service of process of the Family Court or 
another court exercising jurisdiction under the Act.  
387.  Item 155 omits ‘the Family Court or another court’ from paragraph 123(1)(b) and 
substitutes ‘a court’ necessitated by the amendments made by items 153 and 164 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 156 – Paragraphs 123(1)(bb), (c) and (d) 
388.  Paragraphs 123(1)(bb), (c) and (d) specify particular, Family Court specific practices 
and procedures that are covered by the rule making power in section 123.  
389.  Item 156 repeals paragraphs 123(1)(bb), (c) and (d), as Rules of Court made under 
section 123 will not govern the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) 
(see item 164 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
Item 157– Paragraph 123(1)(f) 
390.  Paragraph 123(1)(f) expressly refers to the Family Court in relation to a particular 
practice that is covered by the rule making power in section 123.  
391.  Item 157 omits the ‘Family Court or another court’ in paragraph 123(1)(b) and 
‘substitutes ‘a court’ as the Rules of Court, made under section 123, will not govern the 
FCFC (Division 1) (see item 164 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) but this paragraph will still be 
relevant to other courts governed by the section 123 Rules of Court. 
Item 158 – Paragraph 123(1)(ma) 
392.  Paragraph 123(1)(ma) expressly refers to Division 2 and 3 of Part XI in relation to a 
particular practice that is covered by the rule making power in section 123. 
393.  Item 158 omits ‘Divisions 2 and 3’ from paragraph 123(1)(ma) and substitutes 
‘Division 2’, as Division 3 of Part XI, which relates to split courts, is repealed by this Bill 
(see item 126 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 159 – Subparagraph 123(1)(sda)(i) 
394.  Paragraph 123(1)(sda) provides that the procedures to be followed by family 
counsellors is covered by the rule making power in section 123. 
395.  Item 159 omits ‘subsection 38BD(1) of this Act’ from subparagraph 123(1)(sda)(i) 
and substitutes ‘subsection 281(1) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 
2019’, to provide the correct legislative reference relating to the authorisation of family 
counsellors as Part IVA is repealed by this Bill (see item 36 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) and 
substantially replicated in the FCFC Bill.  
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Item 160 – Subparagraph 123(1)(sdb)(i) 
396.  Paragraph 123(1)(sdb) provides that the procedures to be followed by family dispute 
resolution practitioners is covered by the rule making power in section 123. 
397.  Item 160 omits ‘subsection 38BD(2) of this Act’ from subparagraph 123(1)(sdb)(i) 
and substitutes ‘subsection 281(2) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 
2019’ to provide the correct legislative reference relating to the authorisation of family 
dispute resolution practitioners as Part IVA is repealed by this Bill (see item 36 of Schedule 1 
of this Bill) and substantially replicated in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 161 – Paragraph 123(1)(sea) 
398.  Paragraph 123(1)(sea) provides that matters relating to the costs of family counselling 
is covered by the rule making power in section 123. 
399.  Item 161 omits ‘subsection 38BD(1) of this Act’ from paragraph 123(1)(sea) and 
substitutes ‘subsection 281(1) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’ 
to provide the correct legislative reference relating to the authorisation of family counsellors, 
as Part IVA is repealed by this Bill (see item 36 of Schedule 1 of this Bill) and substantially 
replicated in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 162 – Paragraph 123(1)(seb) 
400.  Paragraph 123(1)(seb) provides that matters relating to the costs of family dispute 
resolution is covered by the rule making power in section 123. 
401.  Item 162 omits ‘subsection 38BD(2) of this Act’ from paragraph 123(1)(seb) and 
substitutes ‘subsection 281(2) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’ 
to provide the correct legislative reference relating to the authorisation of family dispute 
resolution practitioners , as Part IVA is repealed by this Bill (see item 36 of Schedule 1 of 
this Bill) and substantially replicated in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 163 – At the end of subsection 123(1) 
402.  Subsection 123(1) provides the Judges, or a majority of them, the power to make 
Rules of Court in relation to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Family Court 
and other courts exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act. 
403.  Item 152 amends subsection 123(1) to provide that the Chief Justice of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1), rather than the Judges or a majority of 
them, have the power to make the standard Rules of Court under section 123.  
404.  Item 163 inserts, at the end of subsection 123(1), two notes. 
405.  Note 1 specifies ‘For other powers to make Rules of Court, see section 109A and 
subsection 111C(7A)’, to direct readers to these other rule making powers. 
406.  Note 2 identifies that, two years after the commencement of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia Act 2019, the power to make rules of court under section 123 will 
revert back to the Judges or a majority of the them and referring to Part 4 of Schedule 1 to 
this Bill as the source of this change.  
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Item 164 – Subsection 123(1A) 
407.  Subsection 123(1A) provides that a reference in subsection 123(1) to a ‘court 
exercising jurisdiction under this Act’ does not include a reference to the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia.  
408.  Item 164 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia’. This provides that the Rules of Court made for the purposes 
of subsection 123(1) continue to not apply to the FCFC (Division 2) (the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court), and extends this exclusion to the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal 
Court. The rule making powers for these courts are provided in clauses 76 and 217 of the 
FCFC Bill, and the Federal Court Act.  
Item 165 – Subsection 123(2) 
409.  Subsection 123(2) provides how the Legislation Act 2003 is to apply to Rules of 
Court made by Judges. 
410.  Item 165 omits ‘made by Judges under this section or any other Act’ in subsection 
123(2) and substitutes ‘made by the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) under this section or any other Act (other than the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia Act 2019)’. This reflects that the Chief Justice of the FCFC 
(Division 1) will be empowered to make Rules of Court under section 123 of the Act (see 
item 152 Schedule 1 of this Bill) for certain courts exercising family law jurisdiction, other 
than the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2) which have their own rule making 
provisions under the FCFC Bill. 
Item 166 – Paragraph 123(2)(b) 
411.  Paragraph 123(2)(b) provides how references to a ‘rule-maker’ in the Legislation Act 
2003 are to be read in relation to Rules of Court made by Judges. Specifically paragraph 
123(2)(b) provides that the Legislation Act is to be read as if a reference to a ‘rule-maker’ is a 
reference to the Chief Justice acting on behalf of the Judges.  
412.  Item 166 repeals paragraph 123(2)(b) as it is no longer necessary as the ‘rule-maker’ 
under subsection 123(1) will be a single person (the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1)) 
as a result of amendments made by item 152 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Item 167 – Subsection 123(2A) 
413.  Subsection 123(2A) provides that despite section 16 of the Legislation Act 2003 
(which relates to Office of Parliamentary Counsel assistance with drafting) not applying in 
relation to rules of court made by Judges under this or any other Act, the Office of 
Parliamentary Counsel may provide assistance in the drafting of rules if the Chief Justice so 
desires. 
414.  Item 167 omits ‘made by Judges under this or any other Act’ from 123(2A) and 
substitutes ‘made by the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) under this section’ to reflect that the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) has 
the power to make Rules of Court under section 123 (see item 152 Schedule 1 of this Bill), 
and provide that the Office of Parliamentary Counsel may assist in drafting Rules of Court 
made under section 123.  
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Item 168 – Subsection 123(3) (including the note) 
415.  Subsection 123(3) provides a definition of Judge for the purpose of the section. The 
note to subsection 123(3) states that the power to make Rules of Court conferred by this 
section is extended by section 109A and subsection 111C(7A) and that powers to make Rules 
of Court are also contained in section 26B and 37A. 
416.  Item 168 repeals subsection 123(3) and the note. The definition of ‘Judge’ in relation 
to this section is no longer required, as it is only the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) 
that has rule making powers under section 123 (see item 152 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). The 
note includes references to sections 26B and 37A that will be repealed (see item 36 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill) and refers to other rule making sections that are now provided for in 
item 163 of Schedule 1 of this Bill.  
Item 169 – Subsection 124(1) 
417.  Subsection 124(1) provides that there shall be a Rules Advisory Committee consisting 
of Judges of the Family Court, Family Courts of States and other persons appointed by the 
Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. 
418.  Item 169 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ (first occurring) and substitutes ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1), such Judges of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1) as provided in the FCFC Bill and to provide that Judges of 
both the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2) can be members of the Rules 
Advisory Committee. 
Item 170 – Subsection 124(1) 
419.  Subsection 124(1) provides that there shall be a Rules Advisory Committee consisting 
of Judges of the Family Court, Family Courts of States and other persons appointed ‘in 
accordance with the section’.  
420.  Item 170 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ (second occurring) from 
subsection 124(1) and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1).  
Items 171 and 172 – Subsection 124(2) 
421.  Subsection 124(2) provides that the function of the Rules Advisory Committee is to 
provide the Judges referred to in section 123 such advice in relation to the making of standard 
Rules of Court as is requested from time to time by those Judges. 
422.  Item 171 omits ‘the Judges referred to in section 123’ from subsection 124(2) and 
substitutes ‘the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
1)’ to reflect that the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) will have rule making power 
under section 123 (see item 152 of Schedule 1 of this Bill).  
423.  Item 172 omits ‘those Judges’ from subsection 124(2) and substitutes ‘the Chief 
Justice of the Court’, referring to the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) who is the only 
Judge now relevant in this subsection. 
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Item 173 – Subsection 124(6) 
424.  Subsection 124(6) provides that members of the Rules Advisory Committee may 
resign in writing to the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. 
425.  Item 173 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ to appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 174– Paragraph 125(1)(ba) 
426.  Subsection 125(1) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations 
prescribing all matters that are required or permitted by the Family Law Act to be prescribed, 
or are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act. 
Paragraph 125(1)(ba) provides that regulations may be made in relation to the authorisation 
of officers or staff members of the Family Court as family counsellors or family dispute 
resolution practitioners under subsections 38BD(1) and (2), respectively. 
427.  Item 174 repeals paragraph 125(1)(ba), as Part IVA of the Act is repealed by this Bill 
(see item 36 Schedule 1 of this Bill) and equivalent authorisation provisions and regulation 
making powers are included in the FCFC Bill. 
Item 175 – Paragraph 125(1)(baa) 
428.  Subsection 125(1) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations 
prescribing all matters that are required or permitted by the Act to be prescribed, or are 
necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act. 
Paragraph 125(1)(baa) provides that regulations may be made modifying or adapting the 
provisions of the Legislation Act 2003 (except certain sections) in their application to the 
Family Court and any other court exercising jurisdiction under the Act. 
429.  Item 175 omits ‘the Family Court and any other court’ and substitutes ‘a court’. 
Reference to Family Court is omitted because an equivalent regulation making power that 
applies to the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) is included in the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 176 – Paragraph 125(1)(ca) 
430.  Paragraph 125(1)(ca) provides that regulations may be made prescribing fees payable 
for services provided by the Family Court in circumstances other than where a court orders 
the provision of the services.  
431.  Item 176 repeals paragraph 125(1)(ca) as an equivalent regulation making power that 
applies to the FCFC (Division 1) (the continuation of the Family Court) is included in the 
FCFC Bill, and, given the new court structure, this regulation making power will no longer 
appropriately lie in section 125.  
Item 177 – Paragraphs 125(1)(d) and (e) 
432.  Paragraphs 125(1)(d) and (e) provide that the section 125 regulation making power 
includes exempting persons from paying court (and other) fees and refunding court (and 
other) fees, respectively. 
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433.  Item 177 omits ‘and fees prescribed under paragraph (ca)’ from paragraphs 125(1)(d) 
and (e) as paragraph 125(1)(ca) is repealed by item 176 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. 
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 
Item 178 – Section 4 (definition of administrative affairs
434.  Item 178 repeals the existing definition of ‘administrative affairs’ in section 4 of the 
Federal Court Act and replaces it with a new definition. The new definition makes it clear 
that references to administrative affairs have different meanings in relation to the Federal 
Court and the FCFC. In relation to the Federal Court, new paragraph (a) of the definition 
provides that administrative affairs has a meaning affected by subsection 18A(1A). In 
relation to the FCFC (Division 1), administrative affairs has the meaning given to it by the 
definition in the FCFC Bill in relation to that Division. In relation to the FCFC (Division 2) 
administrative affairs has the meaning given to it by the definition in the FCFC Bill in 
relation to that Division.  
435.  The FCFC Bill provides that the Chief Justice and Chief Judge are responsible for 
managing the administrative affairs of the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2) 
respectively, and are to be assisted by the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (Division 1) 
in the performance of this function.  
Item 179 – Section 4  
436.  Item 179 inserts a definition of ‘Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia’ in section 4 of the Federal Court Act. The ‘Chief Executive 
Officer of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ is defined as the Chief 
Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1). This is consistent with 
the definition in the FCFC Bill and definition to be included in section 4(1) of the Family 
Law Act by Schedule 1, item 4 of this Bill.  
437.  In effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (Division 1) will be the Chief 
Executive Officer of the FCFC. While the Chief Executive Officer is appointed to the FCFC 
(Division 1), the FCFC Bill provides that the Chief Executive Officer is also to assist the 
Chief Judge in managing the administrative affairs of the FCFC (Division 2). It is necessary 
for the FCFC to have its own Chief Executive Officer to properly support the Chief Justice of 
the FCFC (Division 1) and Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) in managing affairs of their 
respective courts. 
Item 180 – Section 4 (definition of corporate services
438.  Item 180 repeals the existing definition of ‘corporate services’ in section 4 and 
replaces it with a new definition. The definition makes it clear that references to corporate 
services have different meanings in relation to different courts. In relation to the Federal 
Court, ‘corporate services’ has the meaning given to it by subsection 18A(1B). In relation to 
the FCFC (Division 1), ‘corporate services’ has the meaning given to it by the definition in 
the FCFC Bill in relation to that Division. In relation to the FCFC (Division 2) corporate 
services has the meaning given to it by the definition in the FCFC Bill in relation to that 
Division. 
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Item 181 – Section 4 (definition of Family Court Chief Executive Officer
439.  Item 181 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court Chief Executive Officer’ in section 4. 
Under the FCFC Bill, there is a Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 1). 
As the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (Division 1) has a role in supporting the Chief 
Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) and Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) in managing the 
administrative affairs of their respective courts, this position is in effect the Chief Executive 
Officer of the FCFC. Judge) It is necessary for the FCFC to have its own Chief Executive 
Officer to properly support the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) and Chief Judge of the 
FCFC (Division 2) in managing affairs of their respective courts. As there will no longer be 
the position of the Family Court Chief Executive Officer, the definition is not necessary. The 
definition of ‘Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ is 
inserted in section 4 of the Federal Court Act by item 179.  
Item 182 – Section 4 
440.  Item 182 inserts definitions for ‘family law or child support proceeding’ and ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ in section 4 of the Act. ‘Family law or child support 
proceeding’ means a proceeding under the Family Law Act, the Child Support (Assessment) 
Act 1989, or the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 (other than a 
proceeding under section 72Q of that Act). This definition has relevance for section 32AC 
which is to be inserted into the Federal Court Act by Schedule 1, item 220 of this Bill. 
Section 32AC will provide that where a proceeding is pending in the FCFC (Division 2) and 
the proceeding is not a family law or child support proceeding, the Federal Court may, by 
order, transfer the proceedings from the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court.  
441.  The ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ means either the FCFC (Division 
1) or the FCFC (Division 2). The definition is flexible in that it allows references to the FCFC 
in the Act to capture either or both Divisions depending on the circumstances in which it is 
used. Where reference in the Act needs to be made to a specific Division of the FCFC, 
reference is made specifically to the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 183 – Section 4 
442.  Item 183 repeals the definitions of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and ‘Federal Circuit Court 
Chief Executive Officer’ from section 4. The definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ is no 
longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). The 
definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court Chief Executive Officer’ is no longer necessary as there 
will not be a Federal Circuit Court Chief Executive Officer under the new federal court 
structure. Instead, under the FCFC Bill there is to be a Chief Executive Officer appointed to 
the FCFC (Division 1). As the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (Division 1) has a role in 
supporting the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) and Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 
2) in managing the administrative affairs of their respective courts, this position is in effect 
the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC.  
Item 184 – Subsection 6(2) 
443.  Item 184 amends the requirements for being appointed as a Judge in subsection 6(2). 
In particular, the structure of the subsection is amended to add an additional requirement that 
a person must have the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to deal with the kinds of 
matters that may come before the Court. This is to ensure that not only does a person need to 
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have the necessary duration of experience as outlined in new paragraph (a), but also the 
appropriate type of knowledge, skill and experience to be appointed as a Judge of the Federal 
Court. The inclusion of this additional requirement reflects the current practice for appointing 
Judges. 
Item 185 – After section 13 
444.  Item 185 introduces new section 13A. Section 13A provides that the Chief Justice of 
the Federal Court may authorise a Judge to manage a class or classes of proceedings. The 
purpose of this clause is to enable more specialist management of particular classes of 
proceedings. 
445.  Subsection 13A(1) provides that the Chief Justice may, by written instrument, 
authorise a Judge to manage a class or classes of proceedings. The class or classes of 
proceedings may be specified in the instrument of authorisation or by the Rules of Court. 
Such instrument would not be a legislative instrument by virtue of the operation of paragraph 
(c) of item 8 in the table in section 6 of the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) 
Regulations 2015. 
446.  Subsection 13A(2) provides that in managing a class or classes of proceedings, a 
Judge is subject to any direction from the Chief Justice. 
447.  Subsection 13A(3) provides that a Judge may be authorised even though the Judge is 
not assigned to a Division. 
448.  Subsection 13A(4) provides that the authorisation of a Judge does not affect the rank, 
title, status and precedence that the Judge would otherwise have. 
449.  Subsection 13A(5) provides that, if the Chief Justice gives a direction under 
subsection 13A(2) in writing, that direction is not a legislative instrument. This subsection is 
to assist readers as the direction would not be a legislative instrument within the meaning of 
subsection 8(1) of the Legislation Act 2003. 
Item 186 – Subsection 15(1AAA) 
450.  Item 186 amends subsection 15(1AAA), which relates to the dealing of a complaint 
about a Judge. The item clarifies that the subsection applies to a complaint about ‘another 
Judge of the Court’. The clarification is necessary to ensure that the subsection does not apply 
in relation to a Judge of a court other than the Federal Court.  
Item 187 – Subsection 15A 
451.  Item 187 repeals section 15A. Section 15A provides that the Chief Justice of the 
Federal Court and Chief Justice of the Family Court may consult with each other in relation 
to the transfer of proceedings pending in the Court to the Family Court, whether generally or 
in relation to the transfer of specific proceedings.  
452.  The repeal of section 15A of the Federal Court Act is necessary as transfers from the 
Federal Court to the FCFC (Division 1) (as well as the FCFC (Division 2)) will now be made 
pursuant to section 32AB, as provided by items 216 to 219 of Schedule 1 of the Bill.  
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Item 188 – After paragraph 18A(1B)(e) 
453.  Item 188 inserts two new paragraphs into subsection 18A(1B). Subsection 18A(1B) 
provides that the matters specified in the subsection are the corporate services of the Federal 
Court. In accordance with subsection 18(1) and (1A), the Chief Justice is responsible for 
managing the administrative affairs of the Federal Court except for corporate services. Under 
section 18Z of the Act, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for providing the corporate 
services of the Federal Court. New paragraphs (ea) and (eb) provide that records management 
and administrative matters relating to judgments (to the extent that such matters do not 
involve the exercise of judicial power) are included in the corporate services of the Court. 
The Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court already takes responsibility for these 
matters. These updates are therefore intended to clarify the delineation of matters as between 
administrative affairs and corporate services. 
454.  Records management includes the development of record keeping and management 
policies and practices, management of Records Authorities agreed with the National Archives 
of Australia, management on behalf of the Courts and the National Native Title Tribunal of 
digital and physical case and administrative files. It also includes transferring digital and 
physical files required for retention to the National Archives of Australia, management of 
records contracts (for example with offsite storage providers) and support for information 
governance. 
455.  Administrative matters relating to judgments, to the extent that such matters do not 
involve the exercise of judicial power, includes development of judgment templates, style 
guides, systems and applications, redaction of personal and other identifying information 
from judgments where appropriate or required at law or by order. It also includes electronic 
publication of judgments on court websites and intranets, the distribution of all judgments as 
appropriate to legal publishers, and provision of training in the use of templates and systems. 
Item 189 – After paragraph 18A(1B)(h) 
456.  Item 189 inserts new paragraph 18A(1B)(h). Subsection 18A(1B) provides that the 
matters specified in the subsection are the corporate services of the Federal Court. In 
accordance with subsection 18(1) and (1A), the Chief Justice is responsible for managing the 
administrative affairs of the Federal Court except for corporate services. Under section 18Z 
of the Act, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for providing the corporate services of 
the Federal Court. New paragraph (h) provides that court security is included in the corporate 
services of the Court. The Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court already takes 
responsibility for this matter. The update is therefore intended to clarify the delineation of 
matters as between administrative affairs and corporate services. 
457.  Court security includes the development of policies, procedures and practices for the 
security of the Courts, Judges and other court personnel as well as for court premises. It also 
includes the development of policies, procedures and practices for emergency and threat 
management, management of the acquisition, maintenance and replacement of security 
equipment and apparatus (for example for monitoring appropriate areas of premises, 
screening of persons, bags and mail on entry, controlling and monitoring access to the 
premises and parts of premises as appropriate), management of security contracts (for 
example for guarding), compliance with all external regulatory and similar requirements 
regarding court security, and security training for Judges and court personnel. 
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Item 190 – After paragraph 18N(1)(d) 
458.  Item 190 inserts new paragraphs 18N(1)(da) and (db). The new paragraphs provide 
for there to be a Marshal of the Federal Court and such Deputy Marshals of the Federal Court 
as are necessary as officers of the Federal Court. The offices of Marshal and Deputy Marshal 
are new to the Federal Court, although they already exist for the Family Court and the 
Federal Circuit Court (and will continue as positions of the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC 
(Division 2)). The Federal Court has a number of jurisdictions which, from time to time, raise 
security concerns. The creation of the Marshal and Deputy Marshal offices will ensure the 
continued safety for families and children and other persons who attend the Federal Court. It 
is also beneficial for there to be a consistent structure for security across the Federal Court 
and FCFC Divisions.  
Item 191 – Subsection 18N(4) 
459.  Item 191 amends subsection 18N(4), which currently provides that the officers of the 
Federal Court (other than the Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Sheriffs and the Marshals 
for the purposes of the Admiralty Act 1988) are to be persons engaged under the Public 
Service Act 1999. The item omits the words ‘and the Marshals’ and replaces them with ‘the 
Deputy Marshals of the Court and the Marshals for the purposes of the Admiralty Act 1988’. 
This amendment includes Deputy Marshals within the operation of the subsection. This 
means that the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Sheriffs, Marshals and Deputy Marshals are 
not required to be engaged under the Public Service Act 1999. The Deputy Marshals still may 
be engaged under the Public Service Act 1999, as provided by item 192 of Schedule 1 of the 
Bill. This approach is consistent with the approach proposed for Deputy Marshals of the 
FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 192 – Subsection 18N(5) 
460.  Item 192 amends subsection 18N(5), which currently provides that the Deputy 
Sheriffs and the Marshals for the purposes of the Admiralty Act 1988 may be persons 
engaged under the Public Service Act 1999. The item omits the words ‘and the Marshals’ and 
replaces them with ‘the Deputy Marshals of the Court and the Marshals for the purposes of 
the Admiralty Act 1988. This amendment includes Deputy Marshals within the operation of 
the subsection. This approach is consistent with the approach proposed for Deputy Marshals 
of the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 193 – At the end of Division 3 of Part IIA 
18PA – Marshal 
461.  This item inserts new section 18PA. New section 18PA establishes the position of 
Marshal of the Federal Court. As outlined in item 190, the Marshal position is new to the 
Federal Court, although it already exists for the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court 
(and will continue as a position of the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2), 
respectively). The inclusion of the position in the Federal Court recognises that certain 
matters within the Federal Court’s jurisdiction can be highly emotional and may involve 
potentially unsafe situations for court users. The position is designed to ensure the continued 
safety for all persons who attend the Federal Court. 
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462.  Subsection 18PA(1) provides that the Marshal of the Federal Court is responsible for 
the security of the Federal Court and the personal security of the Judges and officers and staff 
of the Federal Court. Subsection 18PA(2) provides that the Marshal of the Federal Court is 
also responsible for taking, receiving and detaining all persons committed to the Marshal’s 
custody by the Federal Court and discharging such persons when so directed by the Federal 
Court or otherwise required by law. 
18PB – Deputy Marshals 
463.  This item also inserts new section 18PB. For the same reasons outlined above, new 
section 18PB establishes the position of Deputy Marshal of the Federal Court. New section 
18PB provides that a Deputy Marshall of the Federal Court may, subject to any discretions of 
the Marshal of the Federal Court, exercise or perform any of the powers or functions of the 
Marshal. 
18PC – Authorised persons to assist the Marshal or Deputy Marshals 
464.  This item also inserts new section 18PC. Subsection 18PC(1) provides that the 
Marshal of the Federal Court may authorise persons to assist the Marshal in exercising 
powers or performing functions as the Marshal. Subsection 18PC(2) provides that a Deputy 
Marshal of the Federal Court may authorise persons to assist the Deputy Marshal in 
exercising powers or performing functions as the Deputy Marshal. Allowing authorised 
persons to assist the Marshal and Deputy Marshal is consistent with the approach already 
taken by the Act in relation to Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs. Further, it is consistent with the 
approach adopted by the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court in relation to the existing 
Marshal and Deputy Marshal positions within each of those courts. Those persons currently 
authorised to provide assistance within the Federal Court are State and Territory Sheriff’s 
officers. State and Territory Sheriff’s officers perform the same duties in relation to 
enforcement orders issued by State and Territory Courts, are trained in accordance with State 
and Territory requirements and are generally uniformed and carry photo identity cards. The 
persons authorised under this Bill would continue to be limited to State and Territory 
Sheriff’s officers. 
Item 194 – Paragraphs 18Z(1)(b) and (c) 
465.  Item 194 repeals paragraphs 18Z(1)(b) and (c) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs. Paragraphs 18Z(1)(b) and (c) currently provide that the Chief Executive Officer 
provides corporate services to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, respectively. The 
item replaces these paragraphs with new ones which provide that the Chief Executive Officer 
of the Federal Court provides corporate services to the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC 
(Division 2), respectively. The new paragraphs ensure the continuation of the shared 
corporate services across the federal courts (excluding the High Court) that was introduced 
by the Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016.  
Item 195 – Paragraphs 18Z(3)(b) to (e) 
466.  Item 195 repeals paragraphs 18Z(3)(b) to (e) and replaces them with new paragraphs 
18(3)(b), (3)(c) and (3)(d). Subsection 18Z(3) provides that the Chief Executive Officer of 
the Federal Court must consult certain persons in the performance of functions and exercise 
of powers under section 18Z. Paragraphs (b) to (e) provide that the Chief Executive Officer 
must consult the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court, 
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the Chief Executive Officer of the Family Court and the Chief Executive Officer of the 
Federal Circuit Court. Consultation with the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Chief 
Executive Officers is no longer required as those positions are being removed under the 
reforms. Instead, there will be a Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 1), 
but who is also to provide support to the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), and will be, 
in effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC.  
467.  The new paragraphs provide that the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court 
must consult with the Chief Justice of FCFC (Division 1), the Chief Judge of FCFC (Division 
2) and the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (defined in section 4, as amended by item 
179, as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1)) in the 
performance of functions and exercise of powers under section 18Z. 
Item 196 – Subsection 18Z(5) 
468.  Item 196 repeals subsection 18Z(5) of the Act and replaces it with a new subsection. 
Subsection 18Z(5) currently provides that the Chief Executive Officer must not make a 
decision that imposes expenditure obligations on the Courts in relation to providing corporate 
services unless the relevant Chief Justice or Chief Judge is consulted and consents to the 
decision, or the Attorney-General consents after consulting the relevant Chief Justice or Chief 
Judge. The provision ensures that the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court, in 
managing corporate services, cannot impose spending obligations on the Courts without input 
from the relevant head of jurisdiction.  
469.  The new subsection provides that the Chief Executive Officer must not make a 
decision that imposes expenditure obligations on the courts, unless the below listed person(s) 
are consulted about the decision and provide their consent (or the Attorney-General consents 
after consulting the below listed person(s)): 
 
In relation to the Federal Court – the Chief Justice of the Federal Court is consulted, 
 
In relation to FCFC (Division 1) – the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and Chief 
Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) are consulted, and 
 
In relation to FCFC (Division 2) – the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and Chief 
Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) are consulted. 
Item 197 – Subparagraphs 18ZB(a)(iv) to (ix) 
470.  Item 197 repeals subparagraphs 18ZB(a)(iv) to (ix) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs. Paragraph 18ZB(a) provides that, for the purposes of the finance law (which has 
the same meaning as ‘finance law’ in section 8 of the Public Governance, Performance and 
Accountability Act 2013), the group of persons specified in subparagraphs (a)(i) to (xiii) form 
the listed entity known as the ‘Federal Court of Australia’. Under the reforms introduced in 
Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016, the administrative entities for the 
Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court were merged into one administrative entity, the 
Federal Court, for the purposes of the finance law.  
471.  Subparagraphs ZB(a)(iv) to (ix) currently refer either to existing positions within the 
Family Court or Federal Circuit Court or to the Chief Executive Officer positions within the 
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. The item repeals these subparagraphs and replaces 
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them with new subparagraphs (iv) to (viii). The new subparagraphs refer to positions within 
the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), rather than the Family Court and Federal 
Circuit Court. The amendments reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 198 – Subparagraphs 18ZB(e)(ii) and (iii) 
472.  Item 198 repeals subparagraphs 18ZB(e)(ii) and (iii) and replaces them with a new 
paragraph. Paragraph (e) currently provides that the purposes of the listed entity (the ‘Federal 
Court of Australia’) include the functions of the Chief Executive Officers of the Federal 
Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. The item repeals the functions relating to the 
Chief Executive Officers of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court as these positions 
will no longer exist. Instead, there will be a Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC 
(Division 1), who is also to provide support to the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), and 
will be, in effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC.  
473.  New subparagraph 18ZB(e)(ii) includes the functions that the Chief Executive Officer 
of the FCFC (defined in section 4, as amended by item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer 
and Principal Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1)) will be responsible for in relation to the 
FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 199 – Section 18ZC 
474.  Item 199 repeals section 18ZC and replaces it with a new section. Existing section 
18ZC relates to the application of section 110 of the Public Governance, Performance and 
Accountability Act 2013. The section refers to the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and 
the respective Chief Executive Officers for each court. New section 18ZC is substantially the 
same as the existing section, except that it is updated to reflect that the Family Court will be 
continued as the FCFC (Division 1), the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC 
(Division 2), and that there will be a CEO of the FCFC (defined in section 4, as amended by 
item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1)).  
Item 200 – Subparagraphs 18ZD(1)(b)(ii) to (iv) 
475.  Item 200 repeals subparagraphs 18ZD(1)(b)(ii) to (iv) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs. Subsection (1) provides the criteria for the application of the section. 18ZB(1)(b) 
provides that the section applies (subject also to paragraphs (a) and (c)) if there is an outcome 
for the listed entity that relates to the administrative affairs of the Court, the Family Court or 
the Federal Circuit Court or the corporate services of the Federal Court, the Family Court, or 
the Federal Circuit Court. The item replaces existing subparagraphs (b)(ii) to (iv) with 
paragraphs which refer to the administrative affairs of the FCFC (Division 1), the FCFC 
(Division 2), and the corporate services of the Federal Court, the FCFC (Division 1) and the 
FCFC (Division 2). The substantive operation of the existing paragraphs is not changed by 
the new paragraphs, only references to the names of the courts. 
Item 201 – Subsections 18ZD(2) and (3) 
476.  Item 201 repeals subsections 18ZD(2) and (3) and replaces them with a new 
subsection. Subsection (2) currently provides that before spending a part of the outcome 
amount for another outcome the Chief Executive Officer must first both consult the relevant 
Chief Justice or Chief Judge and obtain their consent, or obtain the consent of the Attorney-
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General. Subsection (3) currently provides that before the Attorney-General can give consent 
under subsection (2) the Attorney-General must consult with relevant Chief Justice or Chief 
Judge.  
477.  New subsection (2) provides that before spending a part of an outcome amount for 
another outcome, if the outcome amount relates to the administrative affairs of the Federal 
Court, the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court must consult the below listed 
person(s) about the decision and obtain their consent to the spending (or obtain the consent of 
Attorney-General): 
  in relation to the Federal Court – consult the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, 
 
  in relation to Division 1 – consult the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and Chief 
Justice of the FCFC (Division 1), and 
 
  in relation to Division 2 – consult Chief Justice of the Federal Court and Chief Judge 
of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 202– Subparagraphs 18ZE(2)(b)(ii) and (iii) 
478.  Item 202 repeals subparagraphs 18ZE(2)(b)(ii) and (iii) and replaces them with a new 
subparagraph. Subsection (2) currently specifies the persons who constitute a Statutory 
Agency for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999. Subparagraphs (2)(b)(ii) and (iii) 
specify that the persons listed in section 38N of the Family Law Act and section 101, 
subsection 106(1), subsection 107(1), subsection 109(1), subsection 110(1), section 111A and 
section 112 of the Federal Circuit Court Act are amongst the persons who constitute the 
Statutory Agency. The item repeals these subparagraphs and replaces them with new 
subparagraph (iii), which refers to the correct provisions of the FCFC Bill. The amendments 
do no change the intent of subsection 18ZE(2). 
Item 203 – Sections 18ZF and 18ZG 
479.  Item 203 repeals existing sections 18ZF and 18ZG and replaces them with new 
sections. Existing section 18ZF provides that the Chief Executive Officer must make the 
services of APS employees who are officers of the Family Court, or staff of the Registries of 
the Family Court, available for the purposes of assisting the Family Court Chief Executive 
Officer in the performance of his or her functions. In performing services, the persons made 
available must do so in accordance with the directions of the Chief Justice of the Family 
Court and the Family Court Chief Executive Officer. Section 18ZF also provides for similar 
arrangements in relation to the Federal Circuit Court. 
480.  New subsection 18ZF(1) will not substantively depart from existing subsection 
18ZF(1), except that APS employees who are officers of the FCFC (Division 1), or staff of 
the Registries of the FCFC (Division 1), must be made available to Chief Executive Officer 
of the FCFC in the performance of functions in relation to the FCFC (Division 1) under 
clauses 84 and 278 of the FCFC Bill. New subsection 18ZF(3) will also provide similar 
arrangements in relation to the FCFC (Division 2) in the performance of functions under 
clauses 250 and 278 of the FCFC Bill.  
481.  In performing services, the persons made available must do so in accordance with the 
directions of the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) (when performing services made 
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available under subsection 18ZF(1)) or Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) (when 
performing services made available under subsection 18ZF(3)) as well as the Chief Executive 
Officer of the FCFC. 
482.  Current section 18ZG is no longer required as it relates to delegations concerning the 
Family Court Chief Executive Officer and the Federal Circuit Court Chief Executive Officer, 
positions which will no longer exist under the new court structure. Instead, there will be a 
Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 1), who is also to provide support 
to the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), and will be, in effect, the Chief Executive 
Officer of the FCFC. As such, the section is repealed and replaced with new section 18ZG, 
which instead refers to the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (defined in section 4, as 
amended by item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC 
(Division 1)). The new section provides that section 78 of the Public Service Act 1999 
applies, in relation to the administrative affairs of the FCFC, as if the reference in subsection 
78(7) of that Act to another person were a reference to the Chief Executive Officer of the 
FCFC.  
Item 204 – Paragraphs 18ZH(1)(b) and (c) 
483.  Item 204 repeals existing paragraphs 18ZH(1)(b) and (c) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs. In accordance with subsection 18ZH(1), the Chief Executive Officer has the 
power to appoint specified officers. Subsections (b) and (c) provide that the Chief Executive 
Officer has the power to appoint certain officers of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit 
Court. Similar to the existing subparagraphs, new subparagraphs (b) and (c) will allow the 
Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court to appoint specified officers of the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 205 – Subsections 18ZH(2) and (3) 
484.  Item 205 repeals subsections 18ZH(2) and (3) as they are no longer required. Under 
the subsections, the Chief Executive Officer is given the power to delegate his or her 
appointment powers to the Family Court Chief Executive Officer and the Federal Circuit 
Court Chief Executive Officer. As these positions will no longer exist the provisions need to 
be replaced. Instead, there will be a Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 
1), who is also to provide support to the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), and will be, in 
effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC.  
485.  New subsection 18ZH(2) provides that the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal 
Court may delegate his or her powers under paragraphs 18ZH(1)(b) or 18ZH(1)(c) to appoint 
any or all the officers to the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (defined in section 4, as 
amended by item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC 
(Division 1)).  
486.  The item also inserts new subsection (3), which provides that the appointment of a 
person to more than one office, or an office or offices of more than one court, mentioned in 
subsection 18ZH(1) may be made in a single instrument. This insertion of this provision 
seeks to improve the practicality of appointments by allowing more than one to be made in a 
single instrument, reducing the administrative burden. 
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Item 206 – Paragraphs 18ZI(1)(b) and (c) 
487.   Item 206 repeals paragraphs 18ZI(1)(b) and (c) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs. Subsection 18ZI(1) currently provides that the Chief Executive Officer may 
engage persons having suitable qualifications and experience as consultants to, or to perform 
services for, the Federal Court, the Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court and the National 
Native Title Tribunal. New paragraphs (b) and (c) will correctly refer to the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), rather than the Family Court and Federal Circuit 
Court, respectively. 
Item 207 – Subsections 18ZI(4) and (5) 
488.  Item 207 repeals subsections 18ZI(4) and (5), which relate to the delegation of powers 
to the Family Court Chief Executive Officer and the Federal Circuit Court Chief Executive 
Officer. These positions will no longer exist, and instead there will be a Chief Executive 
Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 1), who is also to provide support to the Chief Judge 
of the FCFC (Division 2), and will be, in effect, the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC. 
The new subsection provides that the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court may 
delegate his or her powers to the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC (defined in section 4, 
as amended by item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the FCFC 
(Division 1)). 
Item 208 – Section 18ZJ 
489.  Item 208 repeals section 18ZJ and replaces it with a new section. Section 18ZJ relates 
to the subdelegation of powers delegated to the Family Court Chief Executive Officer and the 
Federal Circuit Court Chief Executive Officer. These positions will no longer exist, and 
instead there will be a Chief Executive Officer appointed to the FCFC (Division 1), who is 
also to provide support to the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), and will be, in effect, the 
Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC.  
490.  New section 18ZJ largely replicates the original section 18ZJ, but updates references 
to reflect the FCFC Bill’s continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1), Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and creation of the Chief Executive Officer of the 
FCFC (defined in section 4, as amended by item 179, as the Chief Executive Officer and 
Principal Registrar of the FCFC (Division 1)).  
491.  New subsection 18ZJ(1) provides that if the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal 
Court delegates any powers to the Chief Executive Officer of the FCFC, the Chief Executive 
Officer of the FCFC may subdelegate all or any of those powers in writing to certain staff or 
officers specified in new subsection 18ZB(a) (see item 197 of Schedule 1 of the Bill).  
492.  New subsection 18ZJ(2) provides that sections 34AA, 34AB and 34A of the Acts 
Interpretation Act 1091 apply to a delegation under section 18ZJ in the same way they would 
apply to a delegation under section 18ZH or 18ZI.  
Item 209 – Section 18ZK 
493.  Item 209 repeals existing section 18ZK and replaces it with a new section. Section 
18ZK provides that a person may be an officer of one or more of the Federal Court, Family 
Court, or Federal Circuit Court. New subsection 18ZK(1) is similar to the existing section, 
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except that it is updated to refer to the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). 
Additionally, in a similar manner to existing subsection 18ZK(2), new subsection 18ZK(2) 
will provide that subsection (1) has effect despite anything in the Federal Court Act or the 
FCFC Bill. 
Item 210 – Paragraphs 24(1)(d) and (e) 
494.  Item 210 amends paragraphs 24(1)(d) and (e) to replace references to the Federal 
Circuit Court with references to the FCFC (Division 2). Subsections (d) and (e) relate to the 
Federal Court’s jurisdiction to hear appeals from judgments of the Federal Circuit Court. The 
item updates the reference to the Federal Circuit Court to be the FCFC (Division 2), but does 
not change the substantive operation of the paragraphs. 
Item 211 – Subsections 25(1AA)  
495.  Item 211 amends subsection 25(1AA) to replace references to the Federal Circuit 
Court with references to the FCFC (Division 2). Subsection 25(1AA) provides that the 
appellate jurisdiction of the Federal Court in relation to an appeal from a judgment of the 
Federal Circuit Court is to be exercised by a single Judge or, if a Judge considers it 
appropriate, a Full Court. The amendment does not change the intent of subsection 25(1AA), 
but simply updates the reference to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 212 – Paragraph 29(1)(a) 
496.  Item 212 amends paragraph 29(1)(a) to replace a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit 
Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
497.  Paragraph 29(1)(a) currently provides that where an appeal to the Federal Court from 
another court has been instituted, the Court or a Judge, or a Judge of that other court 
(excluding the Federal Circuit Court or a court of summary jurisdiction), may order, as it or 
he or she thinks fit, a stay of all or any proceedings under the judgment appealed from. The 
amendment does not change the intent of paragraph 29(1)(a), but simply updates the 
reference to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 213 – Section 32AA (heading) 
498.  Item 213 amends the heading to section 32AA to replace the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
heading now reads ‘Proceedings not to be instituted in the Court if an associated matter is 
before the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 2)’. 
Item 214 – Paragraphs 32AA(1)(a) and (b) 
499.  Item 214 amends paragraph 32AA(1)(a) and (b) to replace references to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Subsection 32AA(1) currently provides that proceedings must not be instituted in the Federal 
Court in respect of a matter if the Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction in that matter and 
proceedings in respect of an associated matter are pending in the Federal Circuit Court. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the subparagraphs. 
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Item 215 – Paragraph 32AA(2)(b) 
500.  Item 215 amends paragraph 32AA(2)(b) to replace the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Subsection 32AA(2)(b) provides that if proceedings are instituted in the Federal Court in 
contravention of subsection 32AA(1) and the proceedings are subsequently transferred to the 
Federal Circuit Court the proceedings are taken to be as valid as they would have been if 
subsection (1) had not been enacted. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of the subparagraph. 
Item 216 – Section 32AB (heading) 
501.  Item 216 amends the heading to section 32AB to replace the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’. The heading now 
reads ‘Discretionary transfer of civil proceedings to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia’. 
Item 217 – Subsections 32AB(1), (3), (4) , (5) and (6) 
502.  Item 217 amends subsections 32AB(1), (3), (4), (5) and (6) by replacing references to 
the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’. Section 
32AB currently provides the power for the Federal Court to transfer a matter pending in the 
Federal Court, by order, to the Federal Circuit Court on the application of a party to the 
proceedings or on its own motion. This item expands the discretionary transfer power of the 
Court in section 32AB to both Divisions of the FCFC. Expanding the power is necessary as 
there may be related proceedings to a matter pending in the Federal Court in either Division 
of the FCFC. By expanding the power to cover both Divisions of the FCFC, the provision 
will assist in ensuring that the federal courts are able to deal with matters most efficiently. It 
is not intended that transfers would be made to the FCFC (Division 1) that did not 
appropriately reflect its continuing character as a court specialising in family law matters. 
Item 218 – Subsection 32AB(7) 
503.  For the reasons outlined in item 217, this item amends subsection 32AB(7) to replace 
the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia’. The amendment ensures the provisions operate in the same manner as they 
currently do, but in relation to the FCFC rather than the Federal Circuit Court. 
Item 219 – Subsection 32AB(8A) 
504.  Item 219 amends subsection 32AB(8A) by repealing the existing subsection and 
substituting new subsections 32AB(8A) and (8B). New subsection 32AB(8A) provides that 
the FCFC (Division 1) has jurisdiction in a matter that is the subject of a proceeding 
transferred to it under section 32AB, and is a matter in which the FCFC (Division 1) does not 
have jurisdiction apart from this subsection.  
505.  New subsection 32AB(8B) provides that the FCFC (Division 2) has jurisdiction in a 
matter that is the subject of a proceeding transferred to it under section 32AB, and is a matter 
in which the FCFC (Division 2) does not have jurisdiction apart from this subsection. For the 
avoidance of doubt, the jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2) 
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provided in subsections 32AB(8A) and (8B) is not subject to limits set by another provision. 
However, it is not intended that transfers would be made to the FCFC (Division 1) that did 
not appropriately reflect its continuing character as a court specialising in family law matters. 
Item 220 – After section 32AB 
506.  Item 220 inserts new section 32AC. New section 32AC provides a power for the 
discretionary transfer of civil proceedings from the FCFC (Division 2) by the Federal Court 
to the Federal Court. The provision will enable the Federal Court to ‘uplift’ matters that are 
not family law matters from the FCFC (Division 2). This will provide for efficiencies where, 
for example, there is a related matter pending in the Federal Court that could be dealt with at 
the same time as the matter pending in the FCFC (Division 2). 
507.  Subsection 32AC(1) provides that if a proceeding is pending in the FCFC (Division 2) 
and it relates to a matter other than a family law or child support matter, the Federal Court 
may, by order, transfer the proceeding from the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court. It is 
necessary to exclude family law matters from the subsection as the Federal Court does not 
have original jurisdiction for such matters. 
508.  Subsection 32AC(2) provides that the Federal Court may transfer a proceeding on the 
application of a party or on its own motion. 
509.  Subsection 32AC(3) provides that the Rules of Court may make provision in relation 
to transfers of proceedings from the FCFC (Division 2) under section 32AB. This will 
empower the Federal Court to appropriately manage such transfers. Subsection 32AC(5) 
provides that before making Rules of Court, the Federal Court must consult the FCFC 
(Division 2). This is appropriate given that the Federal Court can uplift matters without the 
consent of the FCFC (Division 2). However, the FCFC (Division 2) should be consulted on 
the making of Rules of Court to ensure that the most efficient practices are put in place for 
the transferring of matters between the two courts. 
510.  Subsection 32AC(4) provides that the Rules of Court may set out factors to be taken 
into account in deciding whether to transfer a proceeding. Subsection 32AC(6) provides for 
specific matters that the Federal Court must have regard to in deciding whether to transfer a 
proceeding. In particular, this includes any Rules of Court made for the purposes of 
subsection 32AC(4), whether proceedings in respect of an associated matter are pending in 
the Federal Court, whether the resources of the Federal Court are sufficient to hear and 
determine the proceeding, and the interests of the administration of justice. These 
requirements are similar to the requirements under existing subsection 32AB(6). 
511.  Subsection 32AC(7) provides that an appeal does not lie from a decision of the 
Federal Court in relation to the transfer of a proceeding. This is to ensure that the Federal 
Court is not burdened by appeals on matters it has already determined. 
512.  Subsection 32AC(8) provides that the Federal Court has jurisdiction in a matter that is 
the subject of a proceeding transferred to the Federal Court under this section and is a matter 
in which the Federal Court does not have jurisdiction apart from the subsection. 
513.  Subsections 32AC(9) and (10) provide that the section does not apply to criminal 
proceedings or proceedings of a kind specified in the regulations. 
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514.
The item also inserts new subsection 32AD. New section 32AD provides for the
confirmation of civil proceedings transferred from the FCFC (Division 2). Under
subclause 120(1) of FCFC Bill, if a proceeding is pending in the FCFC (Division 2) that
relates to a matter other than a family law matter the FCFC (Division 2) may, by order,
transfer the proceeding to the Federal Court. New section 32AD seeks to limit the power of
the FCFC (Division 2) to transfer matters.
515.
Subsection 32AD(1) provides that if the FCFC (Division 2) makes an order to transfer
a matter under subclause 153(1) of the FCFC Bill, the Federal Court may, by order, confirm
the transfer of the proceeding to the Federal Court. The matter will only be transferred if the
order is confirmed by the Federal Court under subsection 32AD(1). If the Federal Court
decides not to confirm the transfer, it will not be transferred to the Federal Court and will
remain with the FCFC (Division 2). This allows the Federal Court to maintain power over the
proceedings before it and prevent the transfer of proceedings unnecessarily or in
circumstances where the Federal Court does not (at the time) have the judicial resources to
finalise the proceedings.
516.
Subsection 32AD(2) provides that the Federal Court may, in its discretion, receive
further evidence to decide whether to make an order under subsection 32AD(1). The evidence
may be taken in any of the ways mentioned in section 27 of the Act.
517.
Subsection 32AD(3) provides that the Federal Court has jurisdiction in a matter that is
the subject of a proceeding transferred to it by the FCFC (Division 2) and is a matter in which
the Federal Court does not have jurisdiction apart from this subsection.
518.
Subsection 32AD(4) provides that an appeal does not lie from a decision of the
Federal Court in relation to an order made under subsection (1) confirming the transfer of
proceedings. This is to ensure the Federal Court is not burdened with appeals in relation to
matters it has already determined.
Item 221 – Subsection 34(1) and (2) 
519.
Item 221 amends subsections 34(1) and (2), which provide for the Governor-General
to make Registries of the Federal Court and to designate one of the Registries as the Principal
Registry with each other Registry being a District Registry in respect of such District as
specified by the Governor-General. The item amends subsection 34(1) and (2) so that it is the
Minister, rather than the Governor-General, who holds the power to make Registries.
Currently, there are different arrangements for the establishment of Registries between the
Federal Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. The amendment makes the
establishment of Registries consistent across the Federal Court and both Divisions of the
FCFC.
Item 222 – Subsection 34(2) 
520.
For the same reasons as outlined at item 221 above, this item replaces references to
‘Governor-General’ in subsection 34(2) with ‘Minister’.
Item 223 – Subsection 49(2) 
521.
Item 223 repeals subsection 49(2) and replaces it with a new subsection. New
subsection (2) builds on the intent of existing subsection (2) by seeking to provide alternative
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options to publish orders and reasons prepared by a Judge. In particular, new subsection (2) 
provides that if the Federal Court reserves a judgment and the Judge who heard the 
proceeding (whether as a single Judge or as a member of a Full Court) subsequently prepares 
orders and reasons, those orders and reasons may be made public by another Judge on behalf 
of the Judge who heard the proceeding or as otherwise provided for by the Rules of Court. 
The intention of the provision is to provide for the expeditious publishing of orders and 
reasons, so parties to the proceeding are not left waiting for those orders and reasons to be 
made public where they have already been prepared. For example, it would allow another 
Judge to make public orders and reasons of another Judge where that other Judge is unable to 
do so for reasons of ill health. 
522.
The item also inserts new subsection 49(2A) into the Act. New subsection 49(2A)
provides that if the Federal Court reserves reasons for its decision in a proceeding and the
Judge who heard the proceedings (whether as a single Judge or as a member of a Full Court)
has prepared reasons, those reasons may be made public by another Judge on behalf of the
Judge who heard the proceeding or as otherwise provided for by the Rules of Court. This
provision has a similar intention to new subsection (2) in that it provides for the expeditious
publishing of reasons, so parties to the proceeding are not left waiting for those reasons to be
made public where they have already been prepared.
Item 224 – Subsection 49(3) 
523.
Item 224 amends subsection 49(3) by replacing the words ‘subsection (2)’ with ‘this
section’. The amendment is necessary to account for the inclusion of subsection 49(2A) in
item 223 above.
Item 225 – After section 55 
524.
Item 225 inserts new section 55AA after section 55, which relates to actions by or
against the Marshal or Deputy Marshal. New section 55AA provides for direction of writs,
summonses, orders, warrants, precepts, process and commands that would ordinarily be
directed to the Marshal in a proceeding to which the Marshal or a Deputy Marshal is party.
This is necessary due to the creation of the offices of Marshal and Deputy Marshall as
Officers of the Federal Court. This is consistent with equivalent provisions relating to the
FCFC (Division 2) under the FCFC Bill (see subclause 270(2)).
Item 226 – After subsection 59(1) 
525.
Item 226 inserts new subsection 59(1A). New subsection (1A) provides that the
Judges of the Federal Court, or a majority of them, may make Rules of Court prescribing
matters required or permitted by any other provisions of this Act or any other law of the
Commonwealth to be prescribed by the Rules of Court. The insertion of the new subsection is
necessary to capture the new sections of the Act which provide for the making of Rules of
Court. The making of Rules of Court by the Judges of the Federal Court, or a majority of
them, is consistent with the approach to making Rules of Court in subsection 59(1).
Item 227 – After paragraph 59(2)(r) 
526.
Item 257 inserts new paragraph (ra) into subsection 59(2). This new paragraph
provides that the Rules of Court may make provision for the transfer of proceedings from the
FCFC (Division 2), including matters relating to costs.
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Part 2 – Application, saving and transitional provisions 
Division 1 – Introduction 
Item 228 – Definitions 
527.  Item 228 defines ‘commencement day’. The item provides that references to the 
‘commencement day’ in Part 2 mean the day that Schedule 1 commences. This provided for 
in the commencement information table in clause 2 of this Bill as the same time as the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019 commences. 
Division 2 – Application of amendments 
Item 229 – Application 
528.  Item 229 is an application provision, which provides that the amendments of the 
Family Law Act and the Federal Court Act made by Schedule 1 of the Bill apply in relation 
to a proceeding commenced before, on or after the commencement day. 
Division 3 – Saving and transitional provisions: Family Law Act 1975 amendments 
Item 230 – Authorisation about handling complaints  
529.  Item 230 provides that an authorisation made under subsection 21B(3A) of the Family 
Law Act and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it had been 
made under subsection 32(2) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019. 
530.  Under subclause 32(2), the Chief Justice may authorise, in writing, a person or body 
to assist the Chief Justice to handle complaints, to decide whether or not to handle 
complaints, to dismiss complaints, or to handle complaints. Previous subsection 21B(3A) of 
the Family Law Act provided for a similar authorisation.  
531.   This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill). The saving of an 
authorisation made under subsection 21B(3A) of the Family Law Act is appropriate given the 
instrument will survive in effect through subclause 48(2) of the FCFC Bill and it would be 
administratively cumbersome and unnecessary to remake every subsection 21B(3A) 
authorisation.  
Item 231 – Arrangements with other courts  
532.  Item 231 provides that an arrangement made under subsection 38BAA(1) of the 
Family Law Act and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it 
had been made under subclause 79(1) of the FCFC Bill.  
533.  Subclause 79(1) enables the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) to arrange with the chief judicial officer of another federal, state or 
territory court, for an officer or officers of that court to perform a series of functions on the 
behalf of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1). Previous 
subsection 38BAA(1) of the Family Law Act allowed similar arrangements. 
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534.  This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of FCFC Bill). The saving of an 
arrangement made under subsection 38BAA(1) of the Family Law Act is appropriate given 
the instrument will survive in effect through subclause 79(1) of the FCFC Bill and it would 
be administratively cumbersome and unnecessary to remake every subsection 38BAA(1) 
arrangement. 
Item 232 – Arrangements with agencies or organisations  
535.  Item 232 provides that an arrangement made under subsection 38BAB(1) of the 
Family Law Act and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it 
had been made under subclause 80(1) of the FCFC Bill. 
536.  Subclause 80(1) enables the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) to arrange with the chief executive officer of another organisation, 
including a government agency, for an employee of that organisation or agency to receive 
documents or perform non judicial functions on behalf of the FCFC (Division 1). Previous 
subsection 38BAB(1) of the Family Law Act allowed similar arrangements. 
537.  This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the FCFC 
(Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill). The saving of an arrangement made under 
subsection 38BAB(1) of the Family Law Act is appropriate given the instrument will survive 
in effect through subclause 80(1) of the FCFC Bill and it would be administratively 
cumbersome and unnecessary to remake every subsection 38BAB(1) arrangement.  
Item 233 – Delegation  
538.  Item 233 provides that an instrument made under section 38W of the Family Law Act 
and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it had been made 
under clause 108 of the FCFC Bill. 
539.  Clause 108 provides that the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) may, in writing, delegate any or all of his or her powers under 
clause 78 to the Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). Previous subsection 38W of the Family 
Law Act allowed a similar delegation.  
540.  This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill). The saving of an 
instrument made under section 38W of the Family Law Act is appropriate given the 
instrument will survive in effect through clause 108 of FCFC Bill and it would be 
administratively cumbersome and unnecessary to remake every section 38W instrument.  
Item 234 – Proclamation  
541.  Item 234 provides that a Proclamation made under subsection 96(3) of the Family 
Law Act and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it had been 
made under new subsection 47A(5) of the Family Law Act (as inserted by item 69 of this 
Bill).  
542.  New subsection 47A(5) provides that the Governor-General may, by Proclamation, 
fix a date as the date on or after which appeals to the Supreme Court of a specified State or 
Territory under this section may not be instituted. Previous subsection 96(3) of the Family 
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Law Act had the same effect. Subsection 96(3) is repealed by item 109 as part of the repeal of 
Part X. These amendments are consequential to the amendments providing for the new court 
structure. 
543.  Item 234 has the effect of saving the operation of the existing Proclamation, made 
under subsection 96(3), ceasing the jurisdiction of Supreme Courts of specified States and 
Territories from hearing appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction. Additionally, 
paragraph (b) provides that the Supreme Courts, specified in the saved proclamation, are also 
specified for appeals in relation to the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 or the Child 
Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988. This has been included to ensure that the 
inclusion of these Acts in section 47A does not have the unintended result that a Supreme 
Court of a State or Territory, that has not been conferred with jurisdiction to hear appeals 
from courts of summary under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 or the Child Support 
(Registration and Collection) Act 1988 can hear appeals.  
544.  Under new section 101 of the Child Support (Assessment Act) 1989 (see item 166 of 
Schedule 2 of this Bill) and section 106 of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) 
Act 1988 (see item 180 of Schedule 2 of this Bill), only the Supreme Court of the 
Northern Territory and the Family Court of a State are conferred jurisdiction to hear appeals 
from a court of summary jurisdiction in the relevant Territory or State.   
545.  The saving of a Proclamation made under subsection 96(3) of the Family Law Act is 
appropriate as it would be administratively cumbersome and unnecessary to remake the 
subsection 96(3) Proclamation.  
Item 235 – Oaths and Affirmations  
546.  Item 235 provides that an authorisation made under subsection 98AA(2) of the Family 
Law Act and in force immediately before the commencement day continues as if it had been 
made under subclause 71(2) of the FCFC Bill. 
547.  Subclause 71(2) provides that a Judge may cause the administration of oaths and 
affirmations and for this purpose the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) may either orally or in writing authorise any person (whether they are in or 
outside Australia) to administer oaths and affirmations. The Chief Executive Officer may, in 
writing, authorise a Registrar or Deputy Registrar, or a staff member of the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) to administer oaths and affirmations for the 
purposes of the Court. Previous subsection 98AA(2) of the Family Law Act allowed the same 
arrangements. This subsection has been repealed by item 116 of Schedule 1, above. 
548.  This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill). The saving of an 
authorisation made under subsection 98AA(2) of the Family Law Act is appropriate given the 
power will survive in effect through subclause71(2) of the FCFC Bill and it would be 
administratively cumbersome and unnecessary to remake every subsection 98AA(2) 
authorisation. 
Item 236 – Seals and stamps  
549.  Item 236 provides that a seal or stamp of the Family Court, prescribed by the Rules of 
Court and in force immediately before the commencement day, may be affixed to documents 
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(in accordance with subclauses 59(3) or 60(3) of the FCFC Bill respectively) on or after the 
commencement day as if it were a seal or stamp of the FCFC (Division 1), despite the 
amendment of paragraph 123(1)(f) of the Family Law Act (item 157 of Schedule 1 of the 
Bill).  
550.
This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill).
Item 237 – Continuity of Rules of Court 
551.
Item 237 provides that amendments made by items 132, 140, 152, 163 and 165 of this
Schedule do not affect the continuity, amendment or repeal of any Rules of Court made for
the purposes of section 123 of the Family Law Act that are in force immediately before the
commencement day. These amendments omit references to the Rules of Court being made by
Judges and substitute ‘the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
(Division 1)’ consistent with the amendment in item 152 which provides that the Chief
Justice of Division 1 has the power to make Rules of Court under section 123 of the Act.
552.
This amendment reflects the continuation of the Family Court in the Federal Circuit
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) (see clause 8 of the FCFC Bill), and clarifies that
the change in who has the power to make the Rules of Court does not affect their continuity
or their ability to be amended or repealed.
Division 4 – Saving and transitional provisions: Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 
amendments 

Item 238 – Registries of the Federal Court of Australia 
553.
Item 238 relates to the Registries of the Federal Court. Subitem (1) provides that,
despite the amendment of section 34 of the Federal Court Act, a Registry of the Federal Court
existing immediately before the commencement day continues in existence on and after that
day. This provision ensures that Registries of the Federal Court that have already been
established will continue in operation.
554.
Subitem (2) provides that the amendment of section 34 of the Federal Court Act by
items 221 and 222 of Schedule 1 does not affect the designation, before the commencement
day, of a Registry of the Federal Court as the Principal Registry of the Federal Court or the
specification, before the commencement day, of a District (in respect of which a District
Registry of the Federal Court exists).
Part 3 – Amendments not commencing before 1 January 2020 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019  
Item 239 – Paragraph 127(1)(a)  
555.
Item 239 amends paragraph 127(1)(a) of the FCFC Bill by repealing the paragraph
and substituting a paragraph that refers to a child who has attained the age of 18 years,
instead of 16 years.
556.
Clause 127 of the FCFC Bill sets out the meaning of eligible child. The amendment to
paragraph 127(1)(a) reflects amendments made by the Public Sector Superannuation
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Legislation Amendment Act 2018 to the Judges’ Pension Act 1968, updating the definition of 
‘eligible child’ in that Act, to refer to people who have attained the age of 18 years, instead of 
16 years. As explained in the explanatory memorandum to the Public Sector Superannuation 
Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, the amendments are required since the pre-existing 
provisions reflected a time when a significant percentage of students left formal education at 
age 16, which is no longer the case: more students now remain in formal education until at 
least age 18.  
557.  The relevant amendments made by the Public Sector Superannuation Legislation 
Amendment Act 2018 to the Judges’ Pension Act 1968 commence on 1 January 2020, which 
is the reason for the commencement date of this Part of the Bill.  
Item 240 – Application provision  
558.  Item 240 provides that the amendment made by item 239 applies in relation to a Judge 
of the FCFC (Division 2) or a retired disabled Judge (as defined by the FCFC Bill) who dies 
on or after the day this item commences.  
Part 4 – Amendments relating to Rules of Court  
559.  Part 4 relates to the making of Rules of Court. The amendments in Part 4 implement 
the policy intention that, two years after the commencement of the FCFC Bill, the power to 
make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of 
Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). A similar approach will be adopted for the FCFC (Division 
2). The approach will give Judges of both Divisions more responsibility for making Rules of 
Court while also seeking to ensure the Chief Justice and Chief Judge can continue to 
discharge the obligations to work cooperatively with the aim of ensuring common rules 
across both Divisions for family law matters. 
560.  As provided in clause 2 of the Bill, Part 4 commences two years after the FCFC Bill 
commences.  
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 
Item 241 – Section 700-1 (paragraph (b) of the definition of Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander Corporations legislation)  

561.  Item 241 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with a reference to 
‘Judges’ in paragraph (b) of the definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
Corporations Legislation
 in section 700-1 of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander) Act 2006
. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Corporations Act 2001 
Item 242 – Section 9 (paragraph (c) of the definition of Corporations legislation)  
562.  Item 242 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with a reference to 
‘Judges’ in the paragraph (c) of the definition of Corporations legislation in the Corporations 
Act 2001. 
This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
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commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Family Law Act 1975 
Items 243, 244, 245, 246 – Subsection 109A(1), Subsection 111C(7A), Subsection 
111C(7B), Subsection 111C(7C) 

563.  Items 243 to 246 omit references to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces them with 
references to ‘Judges’ in subsections 109A(1), 111C(7A), 111C(7B) and 111C(7C) of the 
Family Law Act. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 247 - Subsection 123(1)  
564.  Item 247 omits the reference to ‘Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 1)’ and replaces it with reference to ‘Judges of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1), or a majority of them’ in subsection 123(1) the 
Family Law Act. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 248 – Subsection 123(1) (note 1) 
565.  Item 248 omits the reference to ‘Note 1’ in subsection 123(1) of the Family Law Act 
and substitutes it with a reference to ‘Note’. This reflects the removal of Note 2 in subsection 
123(1) of the Family Law Act below.  
Item 249 – Subsection 123(1) (note 2) 
566.  Item 249 repeals ‘Note 2’ in subsection 123(1) of the Family Law Act. Note 2 refers 
to the rule making power being amended two years after the commencement of the FCFC 
Bill. This note would no longer be required after the commencement of this Part.  
Item 250 – Subsection 123(2) 
567.  Item 250 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges’ in subsection 123(2) of the Family Law Act. This amendment reflects the policy 
intention that two years after the commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules 
of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 251 – After paragraph 123(2)(a)  
568.  Item 251 inserts new paragraph 123(2)(b) in the Family Law Act. This paragraph will 
provide that the Legislation Act 2003 applies as if reference to a rule-maker were a reference 
to the Chief Justice acting on behalf of the Judges of that Court. This amendment reflects the 
policy intention that two years after the commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make 
Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges 
of the FCFC (Division 1). 
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Item 252 – Subsection 123(2A) 
569.  Item 252 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges’ in subsection 123(2A) of the Family Law Act. This amendment reflects the policy 
intention that two years after the commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules 
of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 253 – Subsection 124(2)  
570.  Item 253 repeals subsection 124(2) and replaces it with a new subsection (2) which 
provides that the function of the Rules Advisory Committee is to advise the Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 1) in relation to the making of standard Rules of Court as requested from 
time to time. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019  
Item 254 – Subsection 76(1) 
571.  Item 254 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges, or a majority of them’ in subclause 76(1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 255 – Subsection 76(1) (note)  
572.  Item 255 repeals the note to subclause 76(1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). The note refers to the rule making power being amended two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill. This note would no longer be required after the 
commencement of Part 4 of Schedule 1 of the Bill.  
Item 256 – After subsection 76(1)  
573.  Item 256 inserts new subclause 76(1A) into the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). New subsection (1A) provides that proposed Rules of Court for the FCFC 
(Division 1) are not to be made by Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) if 
the Chief Justice considers they are not consistent with the aim of ensuring common Rules of 
Court and forms. The purpose of this new subsection is to ensure that common Rules of 
Court will be made and retained across both Divisions of the FCFC. 
Item 257 – Subsection 76(4) 
574.  Item 257 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges’ in subclause 76(4) of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced). This amendment 
reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement of the FCFC Bill the 
power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in Judges or a 
majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
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Item 258 – After paragraph 76(4)(a) 
575.  Item 258 inserts new paragraph 76(4)(aa) in the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This paragraph will provide that the Legislation Act 2003 applies as if reference 
to a rule-maker were a reference to the Chief Justice acting on behalf of the Judges of that 
Court. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement 
of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested 
in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 259 – Subsection 76(5)  
576.  Item 259 omits reference to ‘made by the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference 
to ‘made by Judges’ in subclause 76(5) of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced). This 
amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement of the FCFC 
Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 1) will be vested in the Judges 
or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 260 – Section 77 
577.  Item 260 repeals clause 77 of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced). Clause 77 
provides that before making the Rules of Court, the Chief Justice must be satisfied that there 
has been appropriate consultation with other Judges. As Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) will 
be responsible for making the Rules of Court two years after the commencement of the FCFC 
Bill, this provision would no longer be required on the commencement of this Part.  
Item 261 – Subsection 82(2)  
578.  Item 261 repeals subclause 82(2) of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced) and 
replaces it with new subclause 82(2). Clause 82 relates to Advisory Committees, which may 
be appointed for the purposes of advising the Chief Justice in relation to the making of the 
Rules of Court and the management of the administrative affairs of the FCFC (Division 1). 
The amendment updates the provision so that committees may be appointed for the purposes 
of advising the Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) in relation to the making of Rules of Court. 
Item 262 – Subsection 98(1)  
579.  Item 262 omits reference to ‘the Chief Justice’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges, or a majority of them’ in subclause 98 (1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
1) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 263 – Subsection 217(1)  
580.  Item 263 omits reference to ‘the Chief Judge’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges, or a majority of them’ in subclause 217(1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
2) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
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Item 264 – Subsection 217(1) (note) 
581.  Item 264 repeals the note to subclause 217(1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). The note refers to the rule making power being amended two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill. This note would no longer be required after the 
commencement of this Part.  
Item 265 – After subsection 217(1)  
582.  Item 265 inserts new subclause 217(1A) into the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). New subclause (1A) provides that proposed Rules of Court for the FCFC 
(Division 2) are not to be made by Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) if 
the Chief Judge considers they are not consistent with the aim of ensuring common Rules of 
Court and forms. The purpose of this new subclause is to ensure that common Rules of Court 
will be made and retained across both Divisions of the FCFC. 
Item 266 – Subsection 217(3)  
583.  Item 266 omits the reference to ‘the Chief Judge’ and replaces it with a reference to 
‘Judges’ in subsection 217(3) of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019 
(which will have commenced). This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years 
after the commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC 
(Division 2) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 267 – After paragraph 217(3)(a)  
584.  Item 267 inserts new paragraph 217(3)(aa) in the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This paragraph will provide that the Legislation Act 2003 applies as if reference 
to a rule-maker were a reference to the Chief Judge acting on behalf of the Judges of that 
Court. This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement 
of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 2) will be vested 
in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 268 – Subsection 217(4) 
585.  Item 268 omits reference to ‘made by the Chief Judge’ and replaces it with reference 
to ‘made by Judges’ in subclause 217(4) of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced). 
This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement of the 
FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 2) will be vested in the 
in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 269 – Section 218 
586.  Item 269 repeals clause 218 of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced). Clause 
218 provides that before making the Rules of Court, the Chief Judge must be satisfied that 
there has been appropriate consultation with other Judges. As Judges of the FCFC (Division 
2) will be responsible for making the Rules of Court two years after the commencement of 
the FCFC Bill, this provision would no longer be required on the commencement of this Part. 
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Item 270 – Subsection 249(2)  
587.  Item 270 repeals subclause 249(2) of the FCFC Bill (which will have commenced) 
and replaces it with new subclause 249(2). Clause 249 relates to Advisory Committees, 
which may be appointed for the purposes of advising the Chief Judge in relation to the 
making of the Rules of Court and the management of the administrative affairs of the FCFC 
(Division 2). The amendment updates the provision so that committees may be appointed for 
the purposes of advising the Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) in relation to the making of 
Rules of Court. 
Item 271 Subsection 254(1)  
588.  Item 271 omits reference to ‘the Chief Judge’ and replaces it with reference to 
‘Judges, or a majority of them’ in subclause 254(1) of the FCFC Bill (which will have 
commenced). This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the 
commencement of the FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 
2) will be vested in the Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 
Item 272 – Subsection 56A(5)  
589.  Item 272 omits the reference to ‘of the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 56A(5) of the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994
This amendment reflects the policy intention that two years after the commencement of the 
FCFC Bill the power to make Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 2) will be vested in the 
Judges or a majority of Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 273 –Application of amendments  
590.  Item 273 provides that the amendments by Part 4 apply in relation to rules of court 
made after the Part commences. 
Item 274 – Continuity of rules of court  
591.  Item 274 provides that the amendments made by Part 4 do not affect the continuity of 
any rules of court that are in force immediately before Part 4 commences and, to avoid doubt, 
do not prevent the amendment or repeal of those rules of court. 
 
 
 
 
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Schedule 2 – Further consequential amendments 
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975  
Item 1 – Paragraph 7(2)(a) 
592.  Item 1 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 7(2)(a) of the Administrative 
Appeals Tribunal Act 1975. Subsection 7(2) currently provides for qualifications for 
appointment as a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘Tribunal’). 
Paragraph 7(2)(a) provides that one of the possible criteria for a person to be eligible to be 
appointed Deputy President is that they are a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia or the 
Family Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and does not alter the eligibility requirements for appointment as a 
Deputy President of the Tribunal as provided by paragraph 7(2)(a).  
Item 2 – Subsection 43(5C) 
593.  Item 2 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 43(5C).Where the Tribunal 
has stayed the operation or implementation of a decision under review to allow the Tribunal 
to effectively consider the decision and the Tribunal makes a decision, subsection 43(5C) 
currently provides for the Tribunal’s decision on review to be stayed until the end of the 
period to appeal or the appeal is determined, unless the Tribunal, the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court otherwise orders. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 43(5C).  
Item 3 – Subsection 44(1) (note 2) 
594.  Item 3 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the notes to subsection 44(1). Note 2 to 
subsection 44(1) currently provides that a party to a child support first review may in some 
instances appeal instead to the Federal Circuit Court and directs to section 44AAA. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the note. 
Item 4 – Section 44AAA (heading) 
595.  Item 4 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 44AAA. The heading now 
reads ‘Appeals to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) from 
decisions of the Tribunal in relation to child support first reviews’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 5 – Subsections 44AAA(1) and (2) 
596.  Item 5 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 44AAA(1) and (2). Section 44AAA 
currently provides for appeals to the Federal Circuit Court from decisions of the Tribunal in 
relation to child support first reviews. Subsection 44AAA(1) provides that if the Tribunal as 
constituted during a child support first review did not include a presidential member, a party 
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may appeal to the Federal Circuit Court on a question of law from any decision of the 
Tribunal. Subsection 44AAA(2) provides provisions that apply in relation to such an appeal 
and a reference in those provisions to the Federal Court apply as if they were a reference to 
the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subsections 44AAA(1) and (2). 
Item 6 – Subsection 44AAA(3) 
597.  Item 6 updates the reference in subsection 44AAA(3) to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia Act 1999’ to be ‘Chapter 4 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 
2019’. 
598.  Section 44AAA currently provides for appeals to the Federal Circuit Court from 
decisions of the Tribunal in relation to child support first reviews. Subsection (3) applies 
paragraph 44(2A)(b) to an appeal under the section and provides that a reference to rules of 
court made under the Federal Court Act is a reference to Rules of Court made under the 
Federal Circuit Court Act. The amendment updates the legislative reference and does not 
affect the intent of subsection 44AAA(3). 
Item 7 – Section 44AA (heading) 
599.  Item 7 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 44AA. The heading now 
reads ‘Transfer of appeals from Federal Court to Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 8 – Subsections 44AA(1), (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9) 
600.  Item 8 updates references to the ‘‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’in section 44AA. Section 44AA currently deals with 
transfer of appeals from the Federal Court to the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 44AA(1), (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) 
and (9). 
Item 9 – Subsection 44AA(11) (heading) 
601.  Item 9 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to subsection 44AA(11). The heading 
now reads ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) may make findings of 
fact’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 10 – Subsections 44AA(11) and (12) 
602.  Item 10 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 44AA(11) and (12). 
Subsections 44AA(11) and (12) currently deal with the Federal Circuit Court being able to 
make findings of fact. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
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Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively change the operation of 
subsections 44AA(11) and (12). 
Item 11 – Subsection 44A(2A) 
603.  Item 11 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to the ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2), the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) or a Judge of that Court’ in subsection 44A(2A). Subsection 44A(2A) 
currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court may 
order a stay of all or part of a Tribunal decision which is the subject of an appeal in the Court. 
The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2). The use of ‘that Court’ refers to the FCFC (Division 2) and saves 
repeating the name again in full. The amendment does not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 44A(2A). 
Item 12 – Subsection 44A(2A) 
604.  Item 12 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia or Judge of 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) or a Judge of the Court’ in subsection 44A(2A). Subsection 44A(2A) currently 
provides that the Federal Circuit Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court may order a 
stay of all or part of a Tribunal decision which is the subject of an appeal in the Federal 
Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). The use of ‘the Court’ refers to the FCFC (Division 2) and 
saves repeating the name again in full. The amendment does not substantively alter the 
operation of subsection 44A(2A). 
Item 13 – Paragraph 44A(3)(b) 
605.  Item 13 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 44A(3)(b). Section 44A 
currently deals with the operation and implementation of a decision that is subject to appeal. 
Paragraph 44A(3)(b) provides for the Federal Circuit Court to make an order varying or 
revoking an order made under subsection 44A(2) or (2A). The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraph 44A(3)(b). 
Item 14 – Section 46 (heading) 
606.  Item 14 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 46. The heading now reads 
‘Sending of documents to, and disclosure of documents by, the Federal Court and the FCFC 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 15 – Subsections 46(1), (2) and (3) 
607.  Item 15 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 46(1), (2) and (3). Section 
46 currently provides for the sending of documents to, and disclosure of documents by, the 
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Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of subsections 46(1), (2) and (3). 
 
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 
Item 16 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Family Court Judge
608.  Item 16 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court Judge’ in subsection 3(1) of the 
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977. Subsection 3(1) provides definitions to 
assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides that ‘Family Court Judge’ 
means ‘a Judge of the Family Court (including the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice or 
a Senior Judge)’. The definition is no longer required as the Family Court will be continued 
as the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are made to a Judge of the FCFC 
(Division 1), the reference is provided in full.  
Item 17 – Subsection 3(1) 
609.  Item 17 inserts a definition of the FCFC (Division 2) Rules into subsection 3(1). 
Subsection 3(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The new definition 
provides that the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules means the 
Rules of Court made under Chapter 4 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
Act 2019
’. The amendment appropriately references the new enabling Act under which the 
FCFC (Division 2) Rules will be made. 
Item 18 – Subsection 3(1) 
610.  Item 18 repeals the definitions of ‘Federal Circuit Court’, ‘Federal Circuit Court 
Rules’ and ‘the Family Court’ in subsection 3(1). Subsection 3(1) provides definitions to 
assist in interpreting the Act. These definitions are no longer required as the Federal Circuit 
Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2), the applicable Rules will be the FCFC 
(Division 2) Rules, and the Family Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 1). Where 
references in the Act are made to either Division of the FCFC, the title of that Court is 
provided in full. See item 17 for the definition of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) Rules’.  
Item 19 – Subsection 3(10) 
611.  Item 19 amends references to the way matters may be transferred from the FCFC 
(Division 2) to the Federal Court in subsection 3(10). Subsection 3(10) currently provides 
that a reference in the Act to an application made to the Federal Court includes a reference to 
an application made in the Federal Circuit Court and subsequently transferred to the Federal 
Court under Part 5 of the Federal Circuit Court Act. The provision will now refer to the 
updated transfer provisions. New section 32AC of the Federal Court Act, which is inserted by 
item 220 of Schedule 1 of this Bill, provides the Federal Court with the power to transfer 
matters, other than proceedings relating to family law matters, on its own initiative or on the 
application of a party from the FCFC (Division 2). See item 220 of Schedule 1 of this 
Explanatory Memorandum for further guidance. Clause 153 of the FCFC Bill similarly 
provides the FCFC (Division 2) with the power to transfer matters, other than proceedings 
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relating to family law matters, on its own initiative or on the application of a party to the 
Federal Court. The Federal Court must confirm such a transfer under new section 32AD of 
the Federal Court of Act, which is also inserted by item 220 of Schedule 1 of this Bill. See 
item 220 of Schedule 1 of this Explanatory Memorandum for further guidance. This item 
amends subsection 3(10) to reflect the new law. 
Item 20 – Subsection 3(11) 
612.  Item 20 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 3(11). Subsection 3(11) currently 
provides that a reference in the Act to an application made to the Federal Circuit Court 
includes a reference to an application made in the Federal Court and subsequently transferred 
to the Federal Circuit Court under section 32AB of the Federal Court Act, and an application 
that could have been made directly to the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsection 3(11). 
Item 21 – Subsection 3(12) 
613.  Item 21 repeals subsection 3(12). Subsection 3(12) currently provides for section 19 
of the Federal Circuit Court Act to be disregarded. This Act will be repealed and so is no 
longer relevant.  
Item 22 – Subsections 5(1) and 6(1) 
614.  Item 22 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 5(1) and 6(1). Section 5 currently 
deals with applications for review of decisions. Section 6 deals with applications for review 
of conduct related to making of decisions. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of subsections 5(1) or 6(1). 
Item 23 – Section 7 
615.  Item 23 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 7. Section 7 currently deals with 
applications in respect of failures to make decisions. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of section 7. 
Item 24 – Section 8 (heading) 
616.  Item 24 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 8. The heading now reads 
‘Jurisdiction of Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 25 – Subsection 8(2) 
617.  Item 25 repeals subsection 8(2) and replaces it with a new subsection. Section 8 
currently provides for the jurisdiction of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court to hear 
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and determine applications made to the respective courts under the Act. The main change 
made by the new subsection is that it refers to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’, rather than the ‘Federal Circuit Court’. The use of ‘the Court’ refers 
to the FCFC (Division 2) and saves repeating the name again in full. The note no longer 
refers to subsection 3(12), as this subsection will be repealed by item 21. The substitution 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 26 – Section 10 
618.  Item 26 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 10. Section 10 currently provides for rights 
conferred by the Act to be in addition to other rights. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of section 10. 
Item 27 – Subsection 11(1) 
619.  Item 27 updates the first reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 11(1) to 
be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 11 currently provides 
for the manner of making applications to the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court. 
Subsection 11(1) provides how to make applications to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court for an order of review, and what to include. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 11(1). 
Item 28 – Subparagraph 11(1)(a)(ii) 
620.  Item 27 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court–Federal Circuit Court 
Rules’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)– Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’ in subparagraph 11(1)(a)(ii). Subparagraph 
11(1)(a)(ii) currently provides that an application to the Federal Circuit Court for an order of 
review of a decision is to be made in a manner as prescribed by the Federal Circuit Court 
Rules. See item 17 of this Schedule for the definition of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and refers to the 
appropriate applicable Rules for that Court. It does not substantively alter the operation of 
subparagraph 11(1)(a)(ii). 
Item 29 – Subsection 11(2) 
621.  Item 29 updates the first reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 11(2) to 
be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 11(2). 
Subsection 11(2) currently deals with the manner of making applications to the Federal Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court for any application other than an order of review. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2).  
Item 30 – Paragraph 11(2)(b) 
622.  Item 30 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court–Federal Circuit Court 
Rules’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)– Federal Circuit and 
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Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’ in paragraph 11(2)(b). Paragraph 11(2)(b) 
currently provides that an application to the Federal Circuit Court for any application other 
than order of review is to be made as prescribed by the Federal Circuit Court Rules. See item 
17 for the definition of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) 
Rules’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and refers to the appropriate applicable Rules for that Court and does 
not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 11(2)(b). 
Items 31 and 32 – Subparagraph 11(3)(b)(ii) and subsections 11(4) and (7) 
623.  Items 31 and 32 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 11(3), (4) and (7). Subsections 
11(3) and (4) currently set out the period in which to lodge an application with the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order of review. Subsection 11(7) provides for the 
Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court to permit a document lodged with a registry of the 
Court in connection with an application under the Act be amended or direct such a document 
be amended. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 
11(3)(b)(ii), or subsections 11(4) and (7). 
Item 33 – subsection 11(8A) 
624.  Item 33 repeals subsection 11(8A) and replaces it with a new subsection. The main 
change made by the new subsection is that it updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court 
Rules’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’ and ‘Registry 
of the Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Registry of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Subsection 11(8A) currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court 
Rules may make provision in relation to service of documents. See item 17 for the definition 
of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and applicable Rules for that Court and does not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 11(8A).  
Item 34 – Subsection 11(9) 
625.   Item 34 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court Rules’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’ in subsection 11(9). Subsection 
11(9) currently provides that substantial, rather than strict, compliance with the Federal Court 
Rules or the Federal Circuit Court Rules is sufficient for the purposes of section 11. See item 
17 for the definition of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) 
Rules’. The amendment appropriately reflects what will be the applicable Rules of the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 11(9). 
Items 35 – Subsection 12(1) 
626.  Item 35 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 12(1). Subsection 12(1) currently 
provides that an interested person may apply to either the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court to be made a party to the application. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 12(1). 
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Item 36 – Section 13 
627.  Item 36 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 13. Section 13 currently provides that a 
person aggrieved by a decision to which the Act applies may request the decision-maker to 
provide reasons for the decision. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of section 13. 
Item 37 – Subsections 13A(4) and 14(4) 
628.  Item 37 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 13A(4) and 14(4). Section 13A 
currently deals with certain information that is not required to be disclosed. Section 14 
provides for certification by the Attorney-General concerning the disclosure of information. 
Subsections 13A(4) and 14(4) provide that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
retain power to make an order for the discovery of documents or to require the giving of 
evidence or the production of documents to the Court. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsections 13A(4) and 14(4). 
Item 38 – Section 15A (heading) 
629.  Item 38 repeals the heading of section 15A and replaces it with ‘15A Stay of 
proceedings – Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 39 – Subsection 15A(1) 
630.  Item 39 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 15A(1). Subsection 15A(1) 
currently provides for the Federal Circuit Court to, by order, suspend the operation of a 
decision and stay all or any of the proceedings under review in the Court. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 15A(1). 
Items 40 and 41 – Paragraphs 15A(1)(a) and (b) and subsection 15A(2) 
631.  Items 40 and 41 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia or a 
Judge’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) or a Judge of that 
Court’ in paragraphs 15A(1)(a) and (b), and subsection 15A(2). Paragraphs 15(1)(a) and (b) 
currently provide for the Federal Circuit Court to, by order, suspend the operation of a 
decision and stay all or any of the proceedings under review in the Federal Circuit Court. 
Subsection 15A(2) provides for the Federal Circuit Court to make such an order on the 
initiative of the Federal Circuit Court or on application. The use of ‘that court’ refers to the 
FCFC (Division 2) and saves repeating the name again in full. The amendments appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 15A(1)(a) and (b), and subsection 15A(2). 
 
 
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Item 42 – Subsection 15A(3) 
632.  Item 42 repeals subsection 15A(3). Subsection 15A(3) currently defines the 
expression ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or a Judge’ for the purposes of section 15A 
by reference to the definition in the Federal Circuit Court Act . An equivalent of this section 
is no longer required as paragraphs 15A(1)(a) and (b) and subsection 15A(2) will now refer 
to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) or a Judge of that Court’, 
making it clear that a Judge authorised to make these orders will be a Judge of the FCFC 
(Division 2).  
Item 43 – Section 16 (heading) 
633.  Item 43 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 16. The heading now reads 
‘Powers of the Federal Court and the FCFC (Division 2) in respect of applications for order 
of review’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 44 – Section 16 
634.  Item 44 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be the ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 16. Section 16 currently deals with the 
powers of the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court in respect of applications for order 
of review. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of section 16. 
Item 45 – Paragraph 17(a) 
635.  Item 45 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 17(a). Section 17 currently deals with 
the situation where a person has made a decision in performing duties of an office but is no 
longer performing those duties. Paragraph 17(a) deals with where a person has, in the 
performance of the duties of an office, made a decision in respect of which an application 
may be made to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under the Act. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does substantively not alter the operation of paragraph 17(a). 
Item 46 – Subsection 18(1) 
636.  Item 46 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 18(1). Subsection 18(1) currently 
provides for the Attorney-General, on behalf of the Commonwealth, to intervene in a 
proceeding before the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under the Act. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 18(1). 
Item 47 – Section 18A (heading) 
637.  Item 47 updates reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in the heading to section 18A. The heading now reads 
‘Transfer of proceedings to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The 
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amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1). 
Items 48 to 50 – Subsections 18A(1), (2) and (3), paragraphs 18A(3)(a), (b), (c), (d) and 
(e), and subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(i) 

638.  Items 48 to 50 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsections 18A(1), (2) and (3). Section 18A 
currently deals with transfer of proceedings to the Family Court from the Federal Court. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and do not alter the operation of subsections 18A(1), (2) and (3), paragraphs 18A(3)(a), 
(b), (c), (d) and (e), and subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(i). 
Item 51 – Subparagraphs 18A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii) 
639.  Item 51 updates references to ‘Family Court Judge’ to be ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraphs 18A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Subparagraphs 18A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii) currently provide that a reference to a ‘Judge of the 
Federal Court’ includes a reference to a Family Court Judge and a reference to ‘the Court or a 
Judge’ when used in relation to the Federal Court includes a reference to a Family Court 
Judge sitting in Chambers. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges 
of the Family Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). 
Items 52 and 53 – Subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(iv) and subsections 18A(4) and (5) 
640.  Items 52 and 53 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(iv) and subsections 
18A(4) and (5). Subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(iv) currently provides for a reference to a Registrar 
of the Federal Court to include a reference to a Registrar of the Family Court. Subsection 
18A(4) currently provides for the Family Court to give directions and make orders to resolve 
difficulties arising in the granting of remedies, making orders and issuing writs. Subsection 
18A(5) provides that parties cannot appeal a Federal Court decision to transfer a proceeding 
under the Act to the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subparagraph 18A(3)(f)(iv) and subsections 18A(4) and (5). 
Item 54 – Subsection 19(1) 
641.  Item 54 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 19(1). Subsection 19(1) currently 
provides that regulations may declare that a class or classes of decisions not be subject to 
judicial review by the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under the Act. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 19(1). 
Item 55 – Paragraph (zd) of Schedule 1 
642.  Item 55 repeals paragraph (zd) of Schedule 1. Schedule 1 lists classes of decisions that 
are not decisions to which this Act applies. Paragraph (zd) currently provides for certain 
decisions made under the Family Law Act. These decisions are being repealed because the 
equivalent decisions that will be made under the FCFC Bill are included in the new paragraph 
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(zf) of Schedule 1. The amendment appropriately reflects the structural changes of the courts 
and, in combination with item 56, does not affect the intent of Schedule 1. 
Item 56 – Paragraph (zf) of Schedule 1 
643.  Item 56 repeals the paragraph and substitutes a new paragraph (zf). Schedule 1 lists 
classes of decisions that are not decisions to which this Act applies. Paragraph (zf) currently 
provides for certain decisions made by the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court under the 
Federal Circuit Court Act. These decisions are being repealed and the equivalent decisions 
that will be made under the FCFC Bill are being included in the new paragraph (zf). The 
amendment appropriately reflects the structural changes of the courts and, in combination 
with item 55, does not affect the intent of Schedule 1. 
 
Admiralty Act 1988 
Item 57 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
644.  Item 57 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 3(1) of the 
Admiralty Act 1988. Subsection 3(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The 
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC 
(Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is 
provided in full.  
Item 58 – Subsections 9(1) and 27(1) 
645.  Item 58 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 9(1) and 27(1). Subsection 9(1) 
confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court and on the Courts of the 
Territories, and invests federal jurisdiction in the Courts of the States, for in personam actions 
on a maritime claim or on a claim for damage done to a ship. Subsection 27(1) currently 
provides for a transfer of proceedings between courts with jurisdiction to hear admiralty 
actions in rem. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 
9(1) and 27(1). 
Item 59 – Paragraph 28(1)(aa) 
646.  Item 59 repeals paragraph 28(1)(aa) and replaces it with new paragraph (aa), which 
refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 28 deals 
with remittal of action in rem proceedings. Paragraph 28(1)(aa) currently provides that where 
an action in rem has already commenced in the Federal Court or in the Supreme Court of a 
State, the Court may remit the proceeding for hearing to the Federal Circuit Court. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 28(1)(aa). 
Item 60 – Subsection 28(7) 
647.  Item 60 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 28(7). Section 28 deals with remittal of 
action in rem proceedings. Subsection 28(7) currently provides that the second court is 
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invested with federal jurisdiction, or jurisdiction is conferred on the second court if the 
second court is the Federal Circuit Court or a court of a Territory, to hear the matter. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 28(7). 
Item 61 – Subsection 41(4) 
648.  Item 61 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 41(4). Section 41 provides for the 
Governor-General to make Rules for courts exercising jurisdiction under the Act. Subsection 
41(1) currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court and on the 
Courts of the Territories, and the Courts of the States are invested with federal jurisdiction, in 
respect of matters arising under the Rules made under the Act. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 41(4). 
 
Aged Care Act 1997  
Item 62 – Paragraph 95C-1(3)(b) 
649.  Item 62 repeals paragraph 95C-1(3)(b) in the Aged Care Act 1997 and replaces it with 
new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. Paragraph 95C-1(3)(b) currently gives jurisdiction to the Federal Circuit Court 
to enforce civil penalty provisions of the Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 95C-1(3). 
 
Age Discrimination Act 2004 
Item 63 – Schedule 1 (table item 26) 
650.  Item 63 repeals table item 26 in Schedule 1 of the Age Discrimination Act 2004 and 
replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. Schedule 1 
provides a list of legislation for which an exemption is provided by section 39(1). Section 
39(1) provides that Part 4 of the Act does not make unlawful anything done in direct 
compliance with the Acts listed in Schedule 1. The amendment updates the legislative 
reference to replace the reference to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to reflect 
the change in law and does not affect the intent of Schedule 1.  
 
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999  
Item 64 – Subsection 102D(1) (note) 
651.  Item 64 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the note to subsection 102D(1) of the A 
New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999. The note to 
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subsection 102D(1) currently refers to Subdivision E as it deals with appeals to the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court against the making of departure prohibition orders. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the effect of the note to subsection 102D(1). 
Item 65 – Subsection 102N(1) 
652.  Item 65 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 102N(1). Subsection 
102N(1) currently deals with appeals to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court against 
the making of a departure prohibition order. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 102N(1). 
Item 66 – Subparagraph 219UA(4)(c)(i) 
653.  Item 66 repeals subparagraph 219UA(4)(c)(i) and replaces it with new subparagraph 
(i), which refers to ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
2)’. Subparagraph 219UA(4)(c)(i) currently provides that a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court 
is an issuing officer for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard 
Provisions) Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 67 – Subparagraph 219UA(4)(e)(ii) 
654. Item 67 repeals subparagraph 219UA(4)(e)(ii) and replaces it with new subparagraph 
(ii), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Subparagraph 219UA(4)(e)(ii) currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a 
relevant court for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard 
Provisions) Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraph 219UA(4)(e). 
Item 68 – Paragraph 219VA(3)(b) 
655.  Item 68 repeals paragraph 219VA(3)(b) and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which 
refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 
219VA(3)(b) currently provides for the Federal Circuit Court to be a relevant court for the 
purposes enforcing civil penalty provisions of the Act under Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of subsection 219VA(3). 
Item 69 – Subsection 219VB(5) 
656.  Item 69 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 219VB(5). Subsection 
219VB(5) currently provides that the Secretary may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court to order that a person comply with a requirement to give all reasonable 
assistance in connection with an application for a civil penalty order. The amendment 
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appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 219VB(5). 
 
Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980  
Item 70 – Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of Court) 
657.  Item 70 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘Court’ in subsection 3(1) of the 
Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 and replaces it with new paragraph (b), 
which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Currently, 
paragraph (b) of the definition of Court defines ‘Court’ as being ‘the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the meaning of ‘Court’ in 
subsection 3(1). 
 
Archives Act 1983  
Item 71 – Subsections 53(6) and (7) and 55A(4) and (5) 
658.  Item 71 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 53(6) and (7) and 55A(4) 
and (5) of the Archives Act 1983. Section 53 deals with the production of exempt records. 
Section 55A deals with the automatic stay of certain decisions on appeal. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 53(6) and (7) and 55A(4) and (5). 
 
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012  
Item 72 – Section 300-5 (definition of issuing officer) 
659.  Item 72 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 300-5 of the Australian 
Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012
. Currently, ‘issuing officer’ is defined as 
‘a magistrate or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the meaning of ‘issuing officer’ in section 
300-5. 
 
Australian Crime Commission Act 2002  
Item 73 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
660.  Item 73 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 4(1) of the 
Australian Crime Commission Act 2002. Subsection 4(1) provides definitions to assist in 
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interpreting the Act. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC 
(Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 74 – Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (aa) of the definition of issuing officer
661.  Item 74 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be the ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 4(1). Paragraph (aa) of the 
definition of ‘issuing officer’ in subsection 4(1) currently provides that it means ‘a Judge of 
the Federal Circuit Court’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges 
of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the meaning of ‘issuing officer’ in subsection 4(1). 
Item 75 – Paragraph 25E(2)(b) 
662.  Item 75 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 25E(2)(b). Paragraph 25E(2)(b) 
currently excludes the Family Court from ordering that material may be disclosed. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 25E(2)(b). 
Item 76 – Subsection 27(2A) 
663.  Item 76 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 27(2A). Subsection 27(2A) currently 
permits applicants or potential applicants to the Federal Circuit Court to apply to the 
Attorney-General requesting assistance in respect of the application. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsection 27(2A). 
Item 77 – Paragraph 55A(1)(c) 
664.  Item 77 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 55A(1)(c). Paragraph 55A(1)(c) 
currently provides a Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court with 
legislative consent as to the conferral of certain duties, functions and powers under State 
laws. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit 
Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraph 55A(1)(c). 
Item 78 – Subsection 55A(5B) (heading) 
665.  Item 78 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to subsection 55A(5B). The heading 
now reads ‘Judge of the Federal Court or Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 79– Subsections 55A(5B) and (5C) 
666.  Item 79 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 55A(5B) and (5C). Section 55A deals 
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with the operation of State laws. Subsections 55A(5B) and (5C) currently provide for the 
duty, function or power that may be conferred on a Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of 
the Federal Circuit Court by a law of a State. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of subsections 55A(5B) and (5C). 
Item 80 – Paragraphs 55A(8)(c) and (9)(c) 
667.  Item 80 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraphs 55A(8)(c) and (9)(c). Subsections 
55A(8) and (9) provide for concurrent operation of State laws. Paragraph 55A(8)(c) currently 
provides that the Act does not intend to exclude or limit the operation of a State law that 
confers any duties, functions or powers on a Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court. Paragraph 55A(9)(c) provides that the Act is not intended to prevent a 
Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court from having concurrent 
duties, functions or powers under a law of a State. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 81 – Subsection 55A(13) 
668.  Item 81 inserts a definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ into subsection 55A(13). Subsection 55A(13) provides definitions for 
the purposes of section 55A. The new definition provides that ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) means a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) in a personal capacity and not as a court or a member of a 
court’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). Item 82 repeals the definition of ‘Judge of 
the Federal Circuit Court’.  
Item 82 – Subsection 55A(13) (definition of Judge of the Federal Circuit Court
669.  Item 82 repeals the definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 
55A(13). Subsection 55A(13) provides definitions for the purposes of section 55A. The 
definition currently provides that ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court means a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court in a personal capacity and not as a court or a member of a court’. The 
definition is no longer required as Judges of the Federal Circuit Court will continue as Judges 
of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Item 81 inserts a 
definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item 83 – Subsection 55C(2) 
670.  Item 83 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 55C(2). Subsection 55C(2) currently 
provides that neither the Act or any other law of the Commonwealth imposes an obligation 
on a Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court to perform duties 
relating to a relevant criminal activity if it is not a federal criminal activity or the imposition 
of the obligation is in contravention of a constitutional doctrine. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 55C(2). 
 
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Item 84 – Subsection 55C(3) 
671.  Item 84 inserts a new definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 55C(3). Subsection 55C(3) provides definitions for the 
purposes of section 55C. The new definition provides that ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2) means a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) in a personal 
capacity and not as a court or member of a court’. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as the Judges of FCFC (Division 2). Item 
85 repeals the definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court’.  
Item 85 – Subsection 55C(3) (definition of Judge of the Federal Circuit Court
672.  Item 85 repeals the definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 
55C(3). Subsection 55C(3) provides definitions for the purposes of section 55C. The 
definition currently provides that ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court means a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court in a personal capacity and not as a court or a member of a court’. The 
definition is no longer required as Judges of the Federal Circuit Court will continue as Judges 
of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Item 84 inserts a 
definition of ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item 86 – Section 57 
673.  Item 86 updates the reference to the first occurring ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 57. Section 57 applies 
section 11 of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 as if subsections 11(1) 
to (5) of that Act were replaced with the text provided in section 57 of the Australian Crime 
Commission Act 2002
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
section 57. 
Item 87 – Section 57 
674.  Item 87 updates the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court–Federal Circuit Court Rules’ 
to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) –Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’ in section 57. Section 57 applies section 11 of the 
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 as if subsections 11(1) to (5) of that Act 
were replaced with the text provided in section 57 of the Australian Crime Commission Act 
2002
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and the applicable Rules for that Court.  
Item 88 – Subparagraph 61(2)(g)(ii) 
675.  Item 88 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subparagraph 61(2)(g)(ii). 
Subparagraph 61(2)(g)(ii) currently provides that the annual report by the Chair of the Board 
shall include particulars of the number and results of applications made to the Federal Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 
for orders of review in respect of matters arising under the Act. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 61(2)(g)(ii). 
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Item 89 – Schedule 1 
676.  Item 89 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
Part 6A’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019, Part 7 of Chapter 4’ 
in Schedule 1. Schedule 1 lists prescribed provisions for the purpose of section 20. This 
amendment updates the legislative reference to reflect the change in law and does not affect 
the intent of Schedule 1. 
 
Australian Energy Market Act 2004  
Item 90 – Subsection 11(1) (definition of magistrate) 
677.  Item 90 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 11(1) of the Australian 
Energy Market Act 2004
. Section 11 exists to assist with the interpretation of some 
expressions in the National Electricity (Commonwealth) Law and Regulations. Subsection 
11(1) currently defines ‘magistrate’ to mean ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
meaning of ‘magistrate’ in subsection 11(1). 
Item 91 – Subsection 11H(1) (definition of magistrate
678.  Item 91 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 11H(1). Section 11H exists 
to assist with interpretation of some expressions in the National Gas (Commonwealth) Law 
and Regulations. Subsection 11H(1) currently defines ‘magistrate’ to mean ‘a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the meaning of ‘magistrate’ in subsection 11H(1). 
 
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986  
Item 92 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
679.  Item 92 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 3(1) of the 
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. Subsection 3 provides definitions for the 
purposes of the Act. The definition currently provides that ‘Federal Circuit Court means the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit 
Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to 
the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Items 93 and 94 – Paragraph 46PH(1)(h) and subsections 46PH(1C), (2A) and (4) 
680.  Items 93 and 94 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 46PH(1)(h) and subsections 46PH 
(1C), (2A) and (4). Section 46PH enables the President of the AHRC to terminate a 
complaint. Paragraph 46PH(1)(h) currently provides that the President may terminate a 
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complaint if satisfied that the subject matter of the complaint involves an issue of public 
importance that should be considered by the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. 
Subsection 46PH(1C) provides that the President must terminate a complaint if satisfied that 
there would be no reasonable prospect that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
would find unlawful discrimination. If the President terminates a complaint, subsection 
46PH(2A) provides that a notice notifying the complainants must explain that the Federal 
Court and the Federal Circuit Court can award costs in proceedings. Subsection 46PH(4) 
provides that the President may revoke the termination of a complaint but not after an 
application is made to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 46PH(1)(h), and subsections 
46PH(1C), (2A) and (4). 
Item 95 – Division 2 of Part IIB (heading) 
681.  Item 95 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to Division 2 of Part IIB. The heading 
now reads ‘Proceedings in the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 96 – Subsection 46PO(1) 
682. Item 96 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be the ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 46PO(1). 
Subsection 46PO(1) currently provides that if a complaint is terminated by the 
President, an affected person may make an application to the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court in relation to the complaint alleging unlawful discrimination. 
The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 
46PO(1). 
Item 97 – Subsection 46PO(4) (note 2) 
683.  Item 97 repeals note 2 to subsection 46PO(4) and replaces it with the words provided. 
Note 2 currently refers to the Federal Circuit Court’s ability to award costs in proceedings 
under section 79 of the Federal Circuit Court Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and updates the legislative 
reference to reflect the change in law. This item does not affect the intent of note 2 to 
subsection 46PO(4). 
Item 98 – Subsection 46PP(1) 
684.  Item 98 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 46PP(1). Subsection 46PP(1) currently 
provides the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court with the power, at any time after a 
complaint is lodged with the AHRC, to grant an interim injunction to maintain the status quo 
or to maintain the rights or any complainant, respondent or affected person. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 46PP(1). 
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Item 99 – Section 46PR 
685.  Item 99 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 46PR provides that the Federal Court and 
the Federal Circuit Court are not bound by technicalities in proceedings under Division 2 of 
Part IIB of the Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
section 46PR. 
Item 100 – Subsection 46PS(1) 
686.  Item 100 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 46PS(1). Subsection 46PS(1) 
currently provides that the President may provide the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court with a written report on a complaint that has been terminated. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 46PS(1). 
Item 101 – Section 46PSA (note 2) 
687.  Item 101 repeals note 2 to section 46PSA and replaces it with the words provided. 
Note 2 currently refers to the Federal Circuit Court’s ability to award costs in proceedings 
under section 79 of the Federal Circuit Court Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). It updates the legislative 
reference to reflect the change in law and does not affect the intent of note 2 to section 
46PSA. 
Items 102 and 103 – Paragraphs 46PU(1)(a) and (b), and subsection 46PV(1) 
688.  Items 102 and 103 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 46PU(1) and 46PV(1). 
Section 46PU currently provides that a person may make an application to the 
Attorney-General for the provision of assistance in respect of proceedings in the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court under Division 2 of Part IIB of the Act. Paragraph 
46PU(1)(a) provides that a person who has commenced or proposes to commence 
proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under Division 2 of Part IIB of 
the Act may apply for assistance. Paragraph 46PU(1)(b) currently provides that a respondent 
may apply for assistance. Subsection 46PV(1) currently provides that a special-purpose 
Commissioner may be amicus curiae to assist the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court 
in certain proceedings. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraphs 46PU(1)(a) and (b), and subsection 46PV(1). 
Item 104 – Section 49B (heading) 
689.  Item 104 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 49B. The heading now 
reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
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Item 105 – Section 49B 
690.  Item 105 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 49B. Section 49B currently provides 
for the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court to have concurrent jurisdiction with 
respect to civil matters arising under Part IIB or IIC of the Act. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of section 49B. 
Item 106 – Subsection 49C(2) 
691.  Item 106 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 49C(2). Section 49C provides for 
Commonwealth compensation for acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on 
just terms. Subsection 49C(2) currently provides that the Federal Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court have concurrent jurisdiction to deal with these matters. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 49C(2). 
 
Australian Jobs Act 2013  
Item 107 – Section 5 (paragraph (b) of the definition of prescribed court
692.  Item 107 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘prescribed court’ and replaces it 
with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ in section 5 of the Australian Jobs Act 2013. Section 5 provides definitions to 
assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘prescribed court’ currently 
provides for the Federal Circuit Court to be a prescribed court. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the meaning of ‘prescribed court’ in section 5. 
 
Australian Passports Act 2005  
Item 108 – Subsection 6(2) 
693.  Item 108 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 6(2) of the Australian 
Passports Act 2005
. Subsection 6(2) currently provides that for the purposes of the Act, if an 
overseas child order within the meaning of the Family Law Act is registered, the order has 
the same force and effect as if it were an order of the Family Court of Australia made in 
accordance with that Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court of Australia as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of subsection 6(2). 
 
 
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Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001  
Item 109 – Subsection 12BA(1) (definition of Family Court Judge) 
694.  Item 109 repeals the definition of a Family Court Judge. Subsection 12BA(1) provides 
definitions that apply in Division 2 of Part 2 of the Australian Securities and Investments 
Commission Act 2001
. The definition of Family Court Judge is no longer appropriate, and the 
references to a Family Court Judge are replaced by item 115 with references to a Judge of the 
FCFC (Division 1) to reflect the continuation of the Judges of the Family Court as Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 110 – Section 12GL (heading) 
695.  Item 110 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in the heading to section 12GL. The heading now 
reads ‘Transfer of certain proceedings to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Items 111 to 114 – Subsections 12GL(1) and (3), Paragraphs 12GL(3)(a), (b), (c), (d) and 
(e), and Subparagraph 12GL(3)(f)(i)
 
696.  Items 111 to 114 update the references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsections 12GL(1) and (3), paragraphs 
12GL(3)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and subparagraph 12GL(3)(f)(i). Section 12GL provides for 
proceedings that are on foot in the Federal Court to be transferred to the Family Court. The 
amendments appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of section 12GL. 
Item 115 – Subparagraphs 12GL(3)(f)(ii) and (iii) 
697.  Item 115 updates the reference to ‘Family Court Judge’ to be a ‘Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraphs 12GL(3)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Subparagraph 12GL(f)(ii) currently provides that, for the purposes of paragraph (f), a 
reference to a Judge of the Federal Court includes a reference to a Family Court Judge. 
Subparagraph 12GL(f) (iii) provides that a reference to the expression ‘the Court or a Judge’ 
when used in relation to the Federal Court includes a reference to a Family Court Judge 
sitting in Chambers. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the 
Family Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation 
of subparagraphs 12GL(3)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Items 116 and 117 – Subparagraph 12GL(3)(f)(iv) and Subsections 12GL(4) and (5) 
698.  Items 116 and 117 update the references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 12GL(3)(f)(iv) and subsections 
12GL(4) and (5). Section 12GL provides for proceedings that are on foot in the Federal Court 
to be transferred to the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
section 12GL. 
 
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Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979  
Item 118 – Section 34A (paragraph (c) of the definition of superior court) 
699.  Item 118 repeals paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘superior court’ and replaces it with 
new paragraph (c), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’ in section 34A of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
Section 34A provides definitions to assist in interpreting Division 3 of Part III of the Act. 
Paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘superior court’ currently provides that the Family Court of 
Australia or of a State is a superior court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and, combined with item 119, 
does not affect the meaning of ‘superior court’ in section 34A. 
Item 119 – Section 34A (after paragraph (d) of the definition of superior court) 
700.  Item 119 inserts new paragraph (da) in the definition of ‘superior court’ in section 
34A. Section 34A provides definitions to assist in interpreting Division 3 of Part III of the 
Act. New paragraph (da) reads ‘(da) a State Family Court (being a court to which section 41 
of the Family Law Act applies)’. The amendment clarifies that a State Family Court is one 
established under section 41 of the Family Law Act. The amendment does not substantively 
affect the meaning of ‘superior court’ in section 34A.  
 
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006  
Item 120 – Paragraph 72(3)(b) 
701.  Item 120 repeals paragraph 72(3)(b) of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority 
Act 2006
 and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 72(3)(b) was inserted by Schedule 2 to the 
Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017, and currently lists the Federal Circuit 
Court as a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the Australian Sports 
Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraph 72(3)(b). 
 
Bankruptcy Act 1966  
Item 121 – Subsection 5(1) 
702.  Item 121 repeals the definitions of ‘Family Court Judge’ and ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
in subsection 5(1) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966. Subsection 5(1) provides definitions to assist 
in interpreting the Act. These definitions are no longer required as Family Court Judges will 
be continued as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1), and the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 1) or to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
 
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Item 122 – Subsection 5(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of Registrar) 
703.  Item 122 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘Registrar’ in subsection 5(1) and 
replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘a Registrar of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subsection 5(1) provides for definitions to assist in 
interpreting the Act. Under the reforms, the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar 
position of the Federal Circuit Court will be removed, but Registrars of the Federal Circuit 
Court will be retained. New paragraph (b) provides for this change and reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 123 – Subsection 5(1) (definition of the Family Court) 
704.  Item 123 repeals the definition of ‘the Family Court’ in subsection 5(1). Subsection 
5(1) provides for definitions for the purposes of the Act. The definition is no longer required 
as the Family Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act 
are made to the FCFC (Division 1), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 124 – Subsection 27(1) 
705.  Item 124 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 27(1). Subsection 27(1) currently 
provides for the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court to have concurrent jurisdiction in 
bankruptcy. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 
27(1). 
Item 125 – Paragraph 27(1)(b) 
706.  Item 125 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ of paragraph 27(1)(b). Paragraph 27(1)(b) currently 
provides that the Family Court has jurisdiction to hear bankruptcy matters under section 35 or 
35A of the Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court 
as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 
27(1)(b).  
Item 126 – Section 35 (heading) 
707.  Item 126 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’s jurisdiction’ to be ‘Jurisdiction 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in the heading to section 
35. The heading now reads ‘Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) in bankruptcy where trustee is a party to property settlement or spousal 
maintenance proceedings etc.’ The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 127 – Subsections 35(1) and (1A) 
708.  Item 127 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsections 35(1) and (1A). Subsections 35(1) and (1A) 
currently give the Family Court jurisdiction to hear bankruptcy matters in the listed 
circumstances. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 35(1) and 
(1A). 
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Item 128 – Subsection 35(2) 
709.  Item 128 updates the reference to ‘Family Court’s jurisdiction’ to be ‘jurisdiction of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 35(2). 
Subsection 35(2) currently provides that the Family Court’s jurisdiction to hear bankruptcy 
matters under section 35A of the Act is not limited by subsections 35(1) and (1A). The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 35(2). 
Item 129 – Section 35A (heading) 
710.  Item 129 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in the heading to section 35A. The heading now reads 
‘Transfer of proceedings to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1).  
Item 130 – Subsection 35A(1) 
711.  Item 130 repeals subsection 35A(1) and replaces it with a new subsection. 
Section 35A currently provides for transfer of proceedings to the Family Court. The 
amendment provides that the Federal Court may transfer proceedings to the FCFC (Division 
1) on the application of a party or of its own motion. The new subsection appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 131 – Subsection 35A(2) 
712.  Item 131 repeals subsection 35A(2). Section 35A(2) currently provides that where a 
proceeding is pending in the Federal Court at the commencement of the section shall not be 
transferred to the Family Court unless the parties to the proceeding consent to the transfer. 
The section commenced operation in 1988, and there should be no proceedings still pending 
in the Federal Court from that time. As such, the provision is no longer required.  
Item 132 – Subsection 35A(2A) 
713.  Item 132 repeals subsection 35A(2A) and replaces it with a new subsection. 
Subsection 35A(2A) currently provides for the Federal Circuit Court to transfer a proceedings 
to the Family Court. The main change made by the new subsection is that it updates the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ and the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 1)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 35A(2A). 
Item 133 – Subsection 35A(3) 
714.   Item 133 updates the first reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 35A(3). See item 134 for updates to 
following references to the Family Court. Subsection 35A(3) currently deals with the Family 
Court’s jurisdiction and powers in relation to proceedings transferred to it. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not substantively alter the operation of subsection 35A(3). 
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Item 134 – Paragraphs 35A(3)(a) to (e) 
715.  Item 134 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘the Court’ (which means the 
FCFC (Division 1)) in paragraphs 35A(3)(a) to (e). See item 133 for further guidance on the 
initial reference to the FCFC (Division 1). Subsequent references have been shortened to ‘the 
Court’ to save repeating the full title of the Court. Subsection 35A(3) currently deals with the 
Family Court’s jurisdiction and powers in relation to proceedings transferred to it. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 35A(3)(a) to (e). 
Item 135 – Subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(i) 
716.  Item 135 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(i). Subparagraph 
35A(3)(f)(i) currently provides that, for the purposes of paragraph (f), a reference to the 
Federal Court includes a reference to the Family Court. The name of the Court is provided in 
full to ensure there is no confusion with the Federal Court. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(i). 
Item 136 – Subparagraphs 35A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii) 
717.  Item 136 updates reference to ‘Family Court Judge’ to be ‘Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraphs 35A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(ii) currently provides that, for the purposes of paragraph (f), a 
reference to a Judge of the Federal Court includes a reference to a Family Court Judge. 
Subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(iii) provides that a reference to the expression ‘the Court or a Judge’ 
when used in relation to the Federal Court includes a reference to a Family Court Judge 
sitting in Chambers. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the 
Family Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation 
of subparagraphs 35A(3)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Item 137 – Subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(iv) 
718.  Item 137 updates reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(iv). Subparagraph 35A(3)(f)(iv) 
currently provides that a reference to a Registrar includes a reference to a Registrar of the 
Family Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 
35A(3)(f)(iv). 
Item 138 – Subsection 35A(3) (note) 
719.  Item 138 repeals the note to subsection 35A(3) and replaces it with a new note to 
subsection 35A(3). The note currently outlines the Rules of Court made under the Family 
Law Act apply in relation to proceedings transferred to the Family Court under section 35A. 
The new note provides that the Rules of Court that apply are those made under Chapter 3 of 
the FCFC Bill. The new note refers to the appropriate Rules of Court that will apply in the 
FCFC (Division 1) and does not affect the intent of the note to subsection 35A(3). 
 
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Item 139 – Subsection 35A(4) 
720.  Item 139 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 35A(4). Subsection 35A(4) currently 
provides for the Family Court to give directions and make orders to resolve difficulties. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and does not substantively alter the operation of the subsection 35A(4).  
Item 140 – Subsection 35A(5) 
721.  Item 140 repeals subsection 35A(5) and replaces it with a new subsection. 
Subsection 35A(5) currently provides that an appeal does not lie from a decision of the 
Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court to transfer a proceeding to the Family Court. The 
substitution updates reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’ and reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’, appropriately reflecting the continuation of the 
Courts. This amendment will not substantively alter the operation of subsection 35A(5). 
Item 141 – Subsection 35B(1) 
722.  Item 141 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 35B(1). The updated 
reference appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1).  
Item 142 – Paragraph 35B(2)(a) 
723.  Item 142 updates the reference to ‘Family Court Judge’ to be ‘Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 35B(2)(a). Paragraph 
35B(2)(a) currently provides that references to ‘a Family Court judge’ in subparagraphs 
35A(3)(f)(ii) or (iii) be read as reference to ‘a judge of the Family Court of Western 
Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Family 
Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraph 35B(2)(a). 
Item 143 – Paragraph 35B(2)(b) 
724.  Item 143 updates the reference to ‘Registrar of the Family Court’ to be ‘Registrar of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 35B(2)(b). 
Paragraph 35B(2)(b) currently provides that references to ‘a Registrar of the Family Court’ in 
subparagraphs 35A(3)(f)(iv) be read as reference to ‘a registrar of the Family Court of 
Western Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 
35B(2)(b). 
 
 
 
 
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Item 144 – Section 9 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
725.  Item 144 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 9 of the 
Biosecurity Act 2015. Section 9 provides for definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The 
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC 
(Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is 
provided in full. 
Item 145 – Section 9 (paragraph (c) of the definition of issuing officer) 
726.  Item 145 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 9. Paragraph (c) of the definition of 
‘issuing officer’ in section 9 currently provides that a Judge of the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court is an issuing officer. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not substantively alter the meaning of ‘issuing officer’ in section 9. 
Item 146 – Section 9 (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court) 
727.  Item 146 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in section 9 and 
replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ currently provides 
that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the meaning of ‘relevant court’ in section 9. 
Item 147 – Section 486 
728.  Item 147 omits the first paragraph of section 486 and replaces it with a new 
paragraph. Section 486 provides a simplified outline of Part 3 of Chapter 9 of the Act. It 
explains who may issue a warrant to authorise entry to premises, taking possession of 
premises or a conveyance, how they may be issued and how to execute them in relation to an 
aircraft or vessel. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the intent of section 486. 
 
Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017  
Item 148 – Subparagraph 41(7)(b)(ii) of Schedule 6 
729.  Item 148 repeals subparagraph 41(7)(b)(ii) of Schedule 6 of the Broadcasting 
Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017
 and replaces it with new 
subparagraph (ii), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. Subparagraph 41(7)(b)(ii) of Schedule 6 currently provides that the Federal 
Circuit Court is a court in which the Secretary, on behalf of the Commonwealth, may recover 
an amount payable by a company to the Commonwealth. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 41(7)(b)(ii). 
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Item 149 – Subsection 6(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
730.  Item 149 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 6(1) of the 
Broadcasting Services Act 1992. Subsection 6(1) provides for definitions to assist in 
interpreting the Act. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC 
(Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 150 – Paragraph 121FS(1)(b) 
731.  Item 150 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 121FS(1)(b). 
Paragraph 121FS(1)(b) currently provides that a person who is entitled to make an 
application to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under section 5 of the 
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 in relation to a decision made under 
subsection 121FD(1) or 121FL(3) or (5), that person may request a written statement from 
the Minister for Foreign Affairs setting out the reasons for the decision. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 121FS(1)(b). 
Item 151 – Subparagraphs 205AD(b)(ii) and 205AF(5)(b)(ii) 
732.  Item 151 repeals subparagraphs 205AD(b)(ii) and 205AF(5)(b)(ii) and replaces them 
with new subparagraphs (ii), which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Subparagraph 205AD(b)(ii) currently provides that the Australian 
Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), on behalf of the Commonwealth, may 
recover interim tax in the Federal Circuit Court. Subparagraph 205AF(5)(b)(ii) provides that 
the ACMA, on behalf of the Commonwealth, may recover a late payment penalty in the 
Federal Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subparagraphs 205AD(b)(ii) and 205AF(5)(b)(ii). 
 
Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016  
Item 152 – Subitem 33(2) of Schedule 7 
733.  Item 152 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’in subitem 33(2) of Schedule 7 of the Budget 
Savings (Omnibus) Act 2016
. Schedule 7 provides for the abolishment of the National Health 
Performance Authority. Item 33 provides for Commonwealth compensation for acquisition of 
property from a person otherwise than on just terms. Subitem 33(2) currently provides that if 
the person and the Commonwealth do not agree on the amount of compensation, the person 
may institute proceedings in the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subitem 33(2) of Schedule 7. 
 
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Item 153 – Section 5 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
734.  Item 153 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 5 of the Building 
and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016
. Section 5 provides definitions 
to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit 
Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to 
the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 154 – Section 5 (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court) 
735.  Item 154 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in section 5 and 
replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ currently provides 
that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the meaning of ‘relevant court’ in section 5. 
Item 155 – Paragraphs 114(1)(e), (f) and (g) 
736.  Item 155 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 114(1). Subsection 114(1) outlines 
situations in which the jurisdiction of the Federal Court is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraphs 114(1)(e), (f) and (g). 
 
Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010  
Item 156 – Section 3 (paragraph (b) of the definition of Court) 
737.  Item 156 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘Court’ and replaces it with new 
paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
2)’ in section 3 of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010. Paragraph (b) of the 
definition of ‘Court’ currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a Court. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the meaning of ‘Court’ in section 3. 
Item 157 – Paragraph 51(5)(b) 
738.  Item 157 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 51(5)(b). Paragraph 51(5)(b) of the 
Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 currently provides that the Federal Circuit 
Court is a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the Act. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 51(5)(b). 
 
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Items 158 and 159 – Subsection 5(1), Subsection 5(1) (definition of related Federal 
Circuit Court Rules) 
 
739.  Items 158 amends subsection 5(1) of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 by 
inserting new definitions of: 
  ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ 
  ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) Rules’ 
  ‘Full Court of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ 
  ‘related Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’  
740.  Item 159 amends subsection 5(1) by repealing the definition of related Federal 
Circuit Court Rules.
 
741.  Subsection 5(1) of the Act provides the definitions applicable for the interpretation of 
the Act. These amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2)
and the conferral of family law and child support jurisdiction upon the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 160 – Subsection 17(1) 
742.  Item 160 amends subsection 17(1) of the Act by omitting the first occurrence of 
‘Family Court’ and substituting ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’. 
Subsection 17(1) provides that that a parent of an eligible child (or eligible carer thereof), 
may seek the assistance of the counselling facilities of the Family Court or a Family Court of 
a State. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) as well as the streamlined corporate management arrangements between 
the two divisions of the FCFC and does not otherwise alter the operation of the subsection. 
Item 161 – Subsection 17(2) 
743.  Item 161 amends subsection 17(2) by repealing the subsection and substituting that an 
appropriate officer of the FCFC or the Family Court of the State must, as far as practicable, 
make the counselling facilities available. Subsection 17(2) currently provides that the 
Principal Director of Court Counselling of the Family Court or an appropriate officer of the 
Family of the Family Court of the State must, as far as practicable, make the counselling 
facilities available. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1), as well as the streamlined corporate management 
arrangements between the two divisions of the FCFC. The terminology of an ‘appropriate 
officer’ of the FCFC allows greater flexibility for the provision of appropriate counselling 
facilities. 
Item 162 – Section 98X 
744.  Item 162 amends section 98X by repealing the section and substituting that 
‘Jurisdiction under this Act is conferred on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) and certain State and Territory Courts’. Section 98X provides a simplified 
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outline of Division 1 of Part 7 of the Act, which relates to the jurisdiction of courts review 
specified decisions. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
745.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This is to reflect 
the single point of entry for original family law and child support proceedings. As provided in 
clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, the FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction is limited in family 
law or child support matters to those transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 of the 
FCFC Bill. The change in conferral of jurisdiction is to make the FCFC (Division 2) the 
effective single point of entry, as court-users would need to file family law or child support 
matters in the FCFC (Division 2) at first instance. More information is in the Explanatory 
Memorandum to the FCFC Bill.  
Item 163 – Subsection 99(1) 
746.  Item 163 amends subsection 99(1) by omitting ‘Family Court and the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia’ and substituting ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
2)’. Subsection 99(1) provides that jurisdiction is conferred by the Act on the Family Court, 
the Federal Circuit Court, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (as specified in that 
section), and each Family Court of a State. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
747.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This is to reflect 
the single point of entry for original family law and child support proceedings. As provided in 
clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, the FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction is limited in family 
law or child support matters to those transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 of the 
FCFC Bill. The change in conferral of jurisdiction is to make the FCFC (Division 2) the 
effective single point of entry, as court-users would need to file family law or child support 
matters in the FCFC (Division 2) at first instance. More information is in the Explanatory 
Memorandum to the FCFC Bill.  
Item 164 – At the end of section 99 
748.  Item 164 adds a note at the end of section 99 directing readers to see clause 26 of the 
FCFC Bill and section 47A of the Family Law Act, in respect of appeals against proceedings 
under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1988. Clause 26 of the FCFC Bill relates to appeals 
generally, including from courts of summary jurisdiction in relation to family law matters, in 
the FCFC (Division 1). This amendment appropriately directs readers to the appropriate 
appeals provisions in the FCFC Bill and Family Law Act, rather than replicating those 
provisions in the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989. 
Item 165 – subsection 100(1) 
749.  Item 165 amends subsection 100(1) by omitting the words ‘(other than Part X of that 
Act), the standard Rules of Court and the related Federal Circuit Court Rules’, and 
substituting ‘(other than Division 4 of Part V of that Act), the standard Rules of Court, the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) Rules and the related Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’. Subsection 100(1) provides that 
the Family Law Act and various Court Rules apply to proceedings under the Child Support 
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(Assessment) Act 1988 as if the proceedings were proceedings under Part VII of the Family 
Law Act (Children). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2), and the inclusion of appeal provisions relating to child support decisions in new 
Division 4 of Part V of the Family Law Act (see item 69 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 166 – Sections 101 to 105 
750.  Item 166 repeals sections 101 to 105 Child Support (Assessment) Act 1988 and 
substitutes new sections 101 and 102. 
751.   Current section 101 relates to the appellate jurisdiction of the Family Court under the 
Act. Section 102 relates to appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court from courts other 
than the Federal Circuit Court and the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Section 102A 
relates to appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court from the Federal Circuit Court and the 
Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Section 103 relates to cases stated in relation to 
proceedings in which a decree in sections 102 and 102A –appeals to the Full Court of the 
Family Court – applies. Section 104 relates to appeals to the High Court and section 105 
relates to appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction.  
752.  New section 101 confers jurisdiction on the Family Court of a State to hear and 
determine appeals from a court of summary jurisdiction of the State (subsection 101(1)) and 
on the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory to hear and determine appeals from a court of 
summary jurisdiction in the Northern Territory (subsection 101(2)). The jurisdiction 
conferred by new section 101 is currently conferred by subsection 105(4) (which is being 
repealed by this item).  
753.  New subsection 102(1) provides that appeals do not lie from a decree of a court 
exercising original jurisdiction under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1988 to the High 
Court, and includes a note that similar procedures are set out in clauses 55 and 155 of the 
FCFC Bill which apply to the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). New subsection 
102(2) provides that if subsection 102(1) is inconsistent with section 73 of the Constitution 
(which outlines the appellate jurisdiction of the High Court), subsection 102(1) will have 
effect as though the words “, except by special leave of the High Court” were added to the 
end of subsection 102(1). This provision is consistent with the approach taken to High Court 
appeals from judgments of the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2) (clauses 55 and 
155 of the FCFC Bill) and from decrees of state and territory courts exercising appellate 
jurisdiction (new section 47D of the Family Law Act at item 69 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
This ensures a consistent approach across all courts exercising family law and child support 
jurisdiction (that is, only to permit an appeal to the High Court with special leave if the 
provision would otherwise be unconstitutional).  
754.  The repeal of section 101 to 105 is considered appropriate given that the relevant 
appeal provisions are provided for (with the exception of that provided for by new section 
101) in clause 26 of the FCFC Billand section 47A of the Family Law Act (consistently with 
the note at item 164, above). It would be unnecessary to duplicate these provisions in the 
Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989.  
 
 
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Item 167 – Paragraph 144(a) and (b) 
755.
Item 167 repeals paragraphs 144(a) and 144(b) and inserts new paragraphs 144(a) and
144(b).
756.
New paragraph 144(a) would provide that if a decision is not a decision of a Full
Court of the FCFC (Division 1) and an application is not made for leave to appeal against the
decision within the request period, the decision becomes final at the end of that period. This
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division
1), and the retention of the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction within the FCFC (Division
1).
757.
New paragraph 144(b) provides that if a decision is a decision of a Full Court of the
FCFC (Division 1) and an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court against
the decision is not made within 30 days, the decision becomes final at the end of that period.
This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC
(Division 1), and the retention of the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction within the FCFC
(Division 1).
Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 
Items 168 to 174 – Subsection 4(1) 
758.
Items 168, 171 and 173 amend subsection 4(1) of the Child Support (Registration and
Collection) Act 1988 by inserting new definitions of:

‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’

‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) Rules’

‘Full Court of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’

‘Related Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’.
759.
Items 168, 170, 172 and 174 amend subsection 4(1) by repealing the definitions of
‘Family Court’, ‘Family Law Magistrate of Western Australia’, ‘Full Court’, ‘Judge’, and
‘related Federal Circuit Court Rules’.
760.
Subsection 4(1) of the Act provides the definitions applicable for the interpretation of
the Act. These amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the
FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2),
and the retention of the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction within the FCFC (Division 1).
Item 175 – Subsection 72Q(1) 
761.
Item 175 amends subsection 72Q(1) of the Act by omitting ‘Federal Circuit Court’
and substituting ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subsection
72Q(1) provides that a person aggrieved by the making of a departure prohibition order may
appeal to the listed courts against the making of the order. This amendment appropriately
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reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
alter the operation of the subsection. 
Item 176 – Section 103ZC 
762.  Item 176 amends section 103ZC by repealing the section and substituting that 
‘Jurisdiction under this Act is conferred on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) and certain State and Territory Courts’. Section 103ZC provides a simplified 
outline of Division 2 of Part VIII of the Act, which relates to the jurisdiction of courts to 
review certain decisions. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
763.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This is to reflect 
the FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction. As provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, the 
FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction is limited in family law or child support matters to 
those transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill. The change in 
conferral of jurisdiction is to create an effective single point of entry in the FCFC (Division 
2), as court-users would need to file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) at first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 177 – Subsection 104(1) 
764.  Item 177 amends subsection 104(1) by omitting ‘Family Court and the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia’ and substituting ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. Subsection 104(1) provides that jurisdiction is conferred by the Act on the 
Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (as 
specified in that section), and each Family Court of a State. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
765.  This item only refers to the FCFC (Division 2), the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court, and not the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Family Court. This is to reflect 
the FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction. As provided in clause 25 of the FCFC Bill, the 
FCFC (Division 1)’s original jurisdiction is limited in family law or child support matters to 
those transferred to or by it under clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill. The change in 
conferral of jurisdiction is to create an effective single point of entry in the FCFC (Division 
2), as court-users would need to file family law or child support matters in the FCFC 
(Division 2) at first instance. More information is in the Explanatory Memorandum to the 
FCFC Bill.  
Item 178 – At the end of section 104 
766.  Item 178 adds a note at the end of section 104 directing readers to see clause 26 of the 
FCFC Bill and section 47A of the Family Law Act, in respect of appeals against proceedings 
under the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988. Clause 26 of the FCFC Bill 
relates to appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction in relation to family law matters in the 
FCFC (Division 1). Section 24 of the Federal Court Act relates to the appellate jurisdiction of 
that Court, as amended by this Act to reflect the conferral of appellate family law and child 
support jurisdiction upon the FCFC (Division 1). This amendment appropriately directs 
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readers to the appropriate appeal provisions in the FCFC Bill and Family Law Act, rather 
than replicating those provisions in the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988. 
Item 179 - subsection 105(1) 
767.  Item 179 amends subsection 105(1) by omitting the words ‘(other than Part X of that 
Act), the standard Rules of Court and the related Federal Circuit Court Rules’, and 
substituting ‘(other than Division 4 of Part V of that Act), the standard Rules of Court, the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) Rules and the related Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Rules’. Subsection 105(1) provides that 
the Family Law Act and various Court Rules apply to proceedings under the Child Support 
(Registration and Collection) Act 1988
 as if the proceedings were proceedings under the 
Family Law Act. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court 
as the FCFC (Division 1), the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). FCFC (Division 1) and the inclusion of appeal provisions relating to child 
support decisions in new Division 4 of Part V of the Family Law Act (see item 69 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill). 
Item 180 – Sections 106 to 110 
768.  Item 180 repeals sections 106 to 110 of the Child Support (Registration and 
Collection) Act 1988
 and substitutes new sections 106 and 107.  
769.  Current section 106 relates to the appellate jurisdiction of the Family Court under the 
Act. Section 107 relates to appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court from courts other 
than the Federal Circuit Court and the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Section 107A 
relates to appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court from the Federal Circuit Court and the 
Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Section 108 relates to cases stated in relation to 
proceedings in which a decree in sections 107 and 107A – appeals to the Full Court of the 
Family Court – applies. Section 109 relates to appeals to the High Court and section 110 
relates to appeals from courts of summary jurisdiction.  
770.  New section 106 confers jurisdiction on the Family Court of a State to hear and 
determine appeals from a court of summary jurisdiction of the State (subsection 106(1)) and 
on the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory to hear and determine appeals from a court of 
summary jurisdiction in the Northern Territory (subsection 106(2)). The jurisdiction 
conferred by new section 106 is currently conferred by subsection 110(4) (which is being 
repealed by this item).  
771.  New subsection 107(1) provides that appeals do not lie from a decree of a court 
exercising original jurisdiction under the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 
1989
 to the High Court and includes a note that similar procedures are set out in clauses 55 
and 155 of the FCFC Bill which apply to the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2). 
New subsection 107(2) provides that if subsection 107(1) is inconsistent with section 73 of 
the Constitution (which outlines the appellate jurisdiction of the High Court), subsection 
107(1) will have effect as though the words “, except by special leave of the High Court” 
were added to the end of subsection 107(1). This provision is consistent with the approach 
taken to High Court appeals from judgments of the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC 
(Division 2) (clauses 55 and 155 of the FCFC Bill) and from decrees of state and territory 
courts exercising appellate jurisdiction (new section 47D of the Family Law Act at item 69 of 
Schedule 1 of this Bill). This ensures a consistent approach across all courts exercising family 
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law and child support jurisdiction (that is, only to permit an appeal to the High Court with 
special leave if the provision would otherwise be unconstitutional).  
772.  The repeal of section 106 to 110 is considered appropriate given that the relevant 
appeal provisions are provided for (with the exception of that provided for by new section 
106) under clauses 26 of the FCFC Bill and sections 47A and 47B of the Family Law Act 
(see item 69 of Schedule 1 of this Bill). It would be unnecessary to duplicate these provisions 
in the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 also.  
Item 181 – Subsection 110W(2) (heading) 
773.  Item 181 amends the heading in subsection 110W(2) by repealing the current heading 
‘Full Court of the Family Court’ and substituting ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court in the FCFC (Division 1) and the retention of the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction 
within the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 182 – Paragraph 110W(2)(a) 
774.  Item 182 amends paragraph 110W(2)(a) by repealing the paragraph and substituting 
‘a decision is a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1); and’. Paragraph 110W(2)(a) provides that a decision of a court 
becomes final if and when it is decision of the Full Court of the Family Court, and an 
application for special leave to appeal against the decision to the High Court is not made 
within 30 days. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court 
in the FCFC (Division 1) and the retention of the Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction within 
the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 183 – Paragraphs 110W(3)(a) and (b) 
775.  Item 183 amends paragraphs 110W(3) (a) and (b) by repealing the paragraphs and 
substituting that subsection 110(3) applies if a decision is a decision of a court (other than a 
decision of the Full Court of the FCFC (Division 1)) under Part VIII and an application may 
be made for leave to appeal against the decision. Subsection 110(3) provides that if the 
criteria in paragraphs (a) and (b), and an application is not made within the period for doing 
so (paragraph (c)), the decision of the other court becomes final at the end of that period. This 
amendment appropriately supports and gives effect to the amendments at item 182 above. 
 
Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011  
Item 184 – Section 5 (paragraph (b) of the definition of eligible court) 
776.  Item 184 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘eligible court’ and replaces it with 
new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ in section 5 of the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011. Section 5 provides 
definitions to be used in the interpretation of the Act. Paragraph (b) of the definition of 
‘eligible court’ currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court is an eligible court. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the meaning of ‘eligible court’ in section 5. 
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Item 185 – Section 16 
777.  Item 185 inserts (1) before ‘Proceedings are also’ in section 16 to facilitate the 
insertion of subsection (2) by item 186 below. Subsection 16(1) provides that proceedings 
under certain acts (or regulations made under those acts) are ‘excluded proceedings’ for the 
purposes of the Act.  
Item 186 – At the end of section 16 
778.  Item 186 inserts new subsection 16(2). 
779.  Subsection 16(1) provides that proceedings under certain acts (or regulations made 
under those acts) are ‘excluded proceedings’ for the purposes of the Act.  
780.  New subsection 16(2) provides that proceedings are also ‘excluded proceedings’ to 
the extent they are proceedings falling within the original or appellate jurisdiction of the 
FCFC (Division 1), or original jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 2). By virtue of the original 
jurisdiction of the FCFC (Division 1) provided by the FCFC Bill, this would also include 
proceedings transferred under clauses 51 or 149 of the FCFC Bill. Item 186 ensures that the 
requirements of the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 do not apply to these proceedings. The 
subject matter and requirements for these proceedings mean it is not be appropriate or 
necessary for additional requirements to be imposed by the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 
2011. 
 
Item 187 – Section 18 
781.  Item 187 updates the reference to the Federal Circuit Court Act to be ‘Chapter 4 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. Section 18 provides for Rules of 
Court made under certain Acts to include certain provisions. This amendment updates the 
legislative reference to reflect that the Rules of Court for the FCFC (Division 2) will be made 
under Chapter 4 of the FCFC Bill. The amendment does not affect the substantive operation 
of section 18. 
 
Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act 1992  
Item 188 – Subsection 4(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
782.  Item 188 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 4(1) of the 
Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act 1992. Subsection 4(1) 
provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides that 
‘Federal Circuit Court means the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The definition is no 
longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in 
full. 
Item 189 – Sections 39DA and 39DB 
783.  Item 189 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in sections 39DA and 39DB. Section 39DA currently 
provides that employees, employee organisations and industrial associations may apply to the 
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Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order under section 39DB in relation to 
contraventions or proposed contraventions of the civil penalty provisions under Part 5A. 
Section 39DB provides for orders that can be made by the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of sections 39DA 
and 39DB. 
Item 190 – Paragraph 49A(4)(b) 
784.  Item 190 repeals paragraph 49A(4)(b) and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which 
refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 
49A(4)(b) currently makes the Federal Circuit Court a relevant court for the purposes of Part 
4 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 in relation to the civil penalty 
provisions of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act 1992. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 49A(4)(b). 
Item 191 – Section 52C (heading) 
785.  Item 191 updates reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 52C. The heading now reads 
‘Conferral of jurisdiction on the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Items 192 and 193 – Subsection 52C(1) and paragraphs 52C(2)(e), (f) and (g) 
786.  Items 192 and 193 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 52C(1) and paragraphs 
52C(2)(e), (f) and (g). Section 52C(1) currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court and 
the Federal Circuit Court in relation to any civil matter arising under the Act or the Coal 
Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
. Section 52C(2) 
provides that the jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court is to be exercised is the Fair 
Work Division of the Federal Court in the circumstances specified in paragraphs 52C(2)(a) to 
(i). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsection 52C(1) and 
paragraphs 52C(2)(e), (f) and (g). 
Item 194 – Subsection 52C(3) 
787.  Item 194 updates subsection 52C(3) with the words provided. In effect, the first 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ changes to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ and the second reference to be ‘the Court’. The second reference 
states ‘the Court’ as it would be repetitive to include the full reference a second time. 
Subsection 52C(3) currently provides that the jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Circuit 
Court under subsection (1) is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit 
Court in the circumstances specified in paragraphs 52C(3)(a) to (e). The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 52C(3). 
 
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Item 195 – Paragraph 52C(3)(a) 
788.  Item 195 omits reference to ‘Federal Circuit’ in paragraph 52C(3)(a), leaving a 
reference to ‘the Court’. This reference to ‘the Court’ means the FCFC (Division 2) by virtue 
of the amendment in item 194. Paragraph 52C(3)(a) currently provides that when an 
application is made to the Federal Circuit Court under the Act or the Coal Mining Industry 
(Long Service Leave) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
, the jurisdiction is to be exercised in 
the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraph 52C(3)(a). 
Item 196 – Paragraph 52C(3)(b) 
789.  Item 196 updates the paragraph 52C(3)(b) reference to ‘section 15 of the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ to be ‘section 140 of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia Act 2019
’. Paragraph 52C(3)(b) currently provides that if an injunction is 
sought from the Federal Circuit Court under section 15 of the Federal Circuit Court Act in 
relation to a matter arising under the Act or the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) 
Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
, the jurisdiction is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court. Section 15 of the Federal Circuit Court Act will be 
reflected in clause 140 of the FCFC Bill. The amendment updates the legislative reference to 
reflect the change in law and does not substantively affect the intent of paragraph 52C(3)(b). 
Item 197 – Paragraph 52C(3)(c) 
790.  Item 197 updates the paragraph 52C(3)(c) reference to ‘section 16 of the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
’ to be ‘section 141 of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia Act 2019
’. Paragraph 52C(3)(c) currently provides that if a declaration is 
sought from the Federal Circuit Court under section 16 of the Federal Circuit Court Act in 
relation to a matter arising under the Act or the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) 
Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
, the jurisdiction is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court. Section 16 of the Federal Circuit Court Act will be 
reflected in clause 141 of the FCFC Bill. The amendment updates the legislative reference to 
reflect the change in law and does not substantively affect the intent of paragraph 52C(3)(c). 
Item 198 – Paragraphs 52C(3)(d) and (e) 
791.  Item 198 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraphs 52C(3)(d) and (e). 
Paragraph s 52C(3)(d) and (e) currently provide that when proceedings are transferred from 
the Federal Court to the Federal Circuit Court or the High Court remits a matter to the 
Federal Circuit Court under the Act or the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) 
Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
, the jurisdiction is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not alter the intent of 
paragraphs 52C(3)(d) and (e). 
Item 199 – Section 52D 
792.  Item 199 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 52D. Section 52D currently provides 
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that the powers conferred on the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court by the Act are in 
addition to any other powers of the Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of section 52D. 
 
Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992  
Item 200 – Paragraph 13A(4)(b) 
793.  Item 200 repeals paragraph 13A(4)(b) of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service 
Leave) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992
 and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers 
to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 13A(4)(b) 
currently makes the Federal Circuit Court a relevant court for the purposes of Part 4 of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 in relation to the civil penalty provisions 
of the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Payroll Levy Collection Act 1992. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 13A(4)(b). 
 
Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012  
Item 201 – Subsection 6(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
794.  Item 201 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 6(1) of the 
Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012. Subsection 6(1) provides 
definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides that ‘Federal 
Circuit Court means the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The definition is no longer 
required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where 
references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 202 – Subsection 86(1) 
795.  Item 202 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 86(1). Subsection 86(1) currently 
provides that the Secretary may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an 
order that a person, who is alleged to have contravened a civil penalty provision, pay the 
Commonwealth a pecuniary penalty. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of subsection 86(1). 
 
Competition and Consumer Act 2010  
Item 203 – Subsection 4(1) 
796.  Item 203 repeals the definitions of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and ‘the Family Court’ in 
subsection 4(1) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Subsection 4(1) provides 
definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides that ‘Federal 
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Circuit Court means the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and ‘the Family Court means the 
Family Court of Australia’. The definitions are no longer required as the Federal Circuit 
Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2) and the Family Court will be continued as 
the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are made to either the FCFC (Division 1) 
or the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 204 – Paragraphs 56EU(4)(b), 56EW(3)(b) and 56EX(3)(b) 
797.  Items 204 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraphs 56EU(4)(b), 56EW(b) and 56EX(3)(b).  
798.  Sections 56EU, 56EW and 56EX relate to civil penalty provisions, enforceable 
undertakings and injunctions respectively, for the purposes of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014.
 Each of the amended paragraphs currently provide that the 
Federal Circuit Act is a relevant court for the relevant provisions for the purposes of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. This is changed to be the FCFC 
(Division 2). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the paragraphs.  
Item 205 – Paragraph 56EY(5)(a)  
799.  Item 205 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 56EY(5)(a). 
800.  Section 56EY relates to actions for damages. Paragraph 56EY(5)(b) confers the 
Federal Circuit Court with jurisdiction to hear and determine actions for damages under this 
section. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the paragraph.  
Items 206 and 207 – Subsection 86(1A) and paragraph 86(4)(a) 
801.  Items 206 and 207 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 86(1A) and paragraph 
86(4)(a). Section 86 provides for the jurisdiction of courts. Subsection 86(1A) currently 
confers jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court in certain matters. Paragraph 86(4)(a) 
provides that jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court under subsection 86(1) is exclusive 
of the jurisdiction of any other court other than the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court 
under subsection 86(1A). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 86(1A) and paragraph 86(4)(a). 
Item 208 – Section 86AA (heading) 
802.  Item 208 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 86AA. The heading 
now reads ‘Limit on jurisdiction of FCFC (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 209 – Section 86AA 
803.  Item 209 updates section 86AA with the words provided. In effect, the first reference 
to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ changes to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
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(Division 2)’ and the second reference to be ‘the Court’. The reference to ‘the Court’ means 
the FCFC (Division 2) and is used as it would be repetitive to include the full reference a 
second time. Section 86AA currently limits jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court to award 
damages of $750,000 or less in proceedings under section 82, or another amount specified in 
the regulations. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of section 
86AA. 
Item 210 – Section 86AA (note) 
804.  Item 210 repeals the note to section 86AA and inserts the two notes provided. The 
existing note currently provides a direction to legislative references that provide for transfers 
between the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The new notes update references 
from the Federal Circuit Court to the FCFC (Division 2), and update the legislative references 
for the transfer provisions. There are two notes because it is clearer to deal with transfers 
from the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court separately from transfers from the Federal 
Court to the FCFC (Division 2). New note 1 outlines that transfers to the Federal Court from 
the FCFC (Division 2) are undertaken either in accordance with clause 153 of the FCFC Bill 
or the new power of the Federal Court in section 32AB of the Federal Court Act. New note 2 
provides that transfers from the Federal Court to the FCFC (Division 2) are undertaken in 
accordance with 32AB of the Federal Court Act, which is updated by items 216 to 219 of 
Schedule 1 of the Bill. See items 216 to 219 of Schedule 1 of this Explanatory Memorandum 
for further guidance.  
Item 211 – Section 130 (definition of Family Court Judge) 
805.  Item 211 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court Judge’ in section 130. Section 130 
provides for definitions to assist in interpreting Part XI of the Act. ‘Family Court Judge’ 
means ‘a Judge of the Family Court (including the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice or 
a Senior Judge)’. This definition is no longer required as Judges of the Family Court will 
continue as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are made to Judges 
of the FCFC (Division 1), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 212 – Paragraph 138(2)(a) 
806.  Item 212 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 138(2)(a). Section 138 confers 
jurisdiction on the Federal Court. Paragraph 138(2)(a) currently provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Court under subsection 138(1) is exclusive of the jurisdiction of any 
other court other than the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court under section 138A. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 138(2)(a). 
Item 213 – Section 138A (heading) 
807.  Item 213 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 138A. The heading now 
reads ‘Conferring jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
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Item 214 – Subsection 138A(1) 
808.  Item 214 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 138A(1). Subsection 138A(1) 
currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court in relation to any matter arising 
under Part XI of the Act or the Australian Consumer Law in respect of which a civil 
proceeding is instituted by a person other than the Commonwealth Minister. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 138A(1). 
Item 215 – Subsection 138A(2) 
809.  Item 215 updates subsection 138A(2) with the words provided. In effect, the first 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ changes to be the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’ and the second reference to be ‘the Court’. The reference to ‘the 
Court’ means the FCFC (Division 2) and is used as it would be repetitive to include the full 
reference a second time. Subsection 138A(2) currently limits the jurisdiction of the Federal 
Circuit Court to award damages of $750,000 or less in proceedings under Part 3-5 or section 
236 of the Australian Consumer Law, or another amount specified in the regulations. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 138A(2). 
Item 216 – Subsection 138A(2) (note) 
810.  Item 216 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the note to subsection 138A(2). The note 
currently provides a direction to legislative references that provide for transfers of 
proceedings from the Federal Court to the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 217 – Section 138E (heading) 
811.  Item 217 repeals the heading of section 138E and replaces it with a new heading. The 
new heading reads ‘Transfer of proceedings to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 218 – Subsection 138E(1) 
812.  Item 218 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 138E(1). Subsection 138E(1) currently 
provides the power for the Federal Court to transfer proceedings to the Family Court if a civil 
proceeding is before the Federal Court and a matter for determination in the proceedings 
arises under Part IX of the Act or the Australian Consumer Law. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not substantively alter the operation of subsection 138E(1). 
Item 219 – Subsection 138E(2) 
813.  Item 219 updates the first reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 138E(2). Subsection 138E(2) currently 
provides for the jurisdiction and powers of the Family Court where a matter is transferred to 
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it under subsection 138E(1). The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 138E(2). 
Item 220 – Paragraphs 138E(2)(a) and (b) 
814.  Item 220 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Court’ in paragraphs 
138E(2)(a) and (b). Subsection 138E(2) currently provides for the jurisdiction and powers of 
the Family Court where a matter is transferred to it under subsection 138E(1). The reference 
to ‘Court’ means the FCFC (Division 1) and is used as it would be repetitive to include the 
full reference. See item 215 for further guidance. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraphs 138E(2)(a) and (b).  
Item 221 – Paragraph 138E(2)(c) 
815.  Item 221 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 138E(2)(c). This reference is provided 
in full, as it would be unclear whether ‘the Court’ referred to the FCFC (Division 1) or the 
Federal Court as mentioned in paragraph 138E(2)(b)(ii). Subsection 138E(2) currently 
provides for the jurisdiction and powers of the Family Court where a matter is transferred to 
it under subsection 138E(1). The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraph 138E(2)(c). 
Item 222 – Paragraph 138E(2)(d) 
816.  Item 222 updates the first reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 138E(2)(d). Subsection 138E(2) 
currently provides for the jurisdiction and powers of the Family Court where a matter is 
transferred to it under subsection 138E(1). The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter 
the operation of paragraph 138E(2)(d). 
Item 223 – Paragraph 138E(2)(d) 
817.  Item 223 updates the reference to ‘Family Court’ to be ‘that Court’ in paragraph 
138E(2)(d). Subsection 138E(2) currently provides for the jurisdiction and powers of the 
Family Court where a matter is transferred to it under subsection 138E(1). The amendment 
refers to the FCFC (Division 1) and is used as it would be repetitive to include the full 
reference. See item 220 for further guidance. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter 
the operation of paragraph 138E(2)(d). 
Items 224 and 225 – Paragraph 138(2)(e) and subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(i) 
818.  Items 224 and 225 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 138(2)(e) and subparagraph 
138E(2)(f)(i). Subsection 138E(2) currently provides for the jurisdiction and powers of the 
Family Court where a matter is transferred to it under subsection 138E(1). The amendments 
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appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do 
not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 138(2)(e) and subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(i). 
Item 226 – Subparagraphs 138E(2)(f)(ii) and (iii) 
819.  Item 226 updates references to ‘Family Court Judge’ to be ‘Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraphs 138E(2)(f)(ii) and (iii). 
Subparagraphs 138E(2)(f)(ii) and (iii) currently provide that, for the purposes of paragraph 
138E(2)(f), a reference to a ‘Judge of the Federal Court’ includes a reference to a Family 
Court Judge and a reference to ‘the Court or a Judge’ when used in relation to the Federal 
Court includes a reference to a Family Court Judge sitting in Chambers. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the Family Court as Judges of the FCFC 
(Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of subparagraphs 138E(2)(f)(ii) and 
(iii). 
Items 227 and 228 – Subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(iv) and subsections 138E(3) and (4) 
820.  Items 227 and 228 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(iv) and subsections 
138E(3) and (4). Section 138E currently provides the power for the Federal Court to transfer 
a proceeding to the Family Court. Subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(iv) provides that a reference to a 
Registrar of the Federal Court includes a reference to a Registrar of the Family Court. 
Subsection 138E(3) provides for the Family Court to give directions and make orders to 
resolve difficulties arising in the granting of remedies, making orders and issuing writs. 
Subsection 138E(4) provides that parties cannot appeal a Federal Court decision to transfer a 
proceeding under the Act to the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of subparagraph 138E(2)(f)(iv) and subsections 138E(3) and (4). 
Item 229 – Paragraph 151AQA(4)(a) 
821.  Item 229 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 151AQA(4)(a). 
Subsection 151AQA(4) currently provides that if a person applies to the Federal Court under 
the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 for a review of a decision to issue a 
competition notice and any relevant proceedings have been instituted under Division 7 of Part 
XIB of the Act the Federal Circuit Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court may stay 
those proceedings. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraph 151AQA(4)(a). 
Item 230 – Subsection 151AQA(4) 
822.  Item 230 updates subsection 151AQA(4) with the words provided. In effect the first 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ changes to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ and ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Judge of the Court’. 
The reference to ‘the Court’ means the FCFC (Division 2) and is used as it would be 
repetitive to include the full reference a second time. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). The amendments do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 151AQA(4). 
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Copyright Act 1968  
Item 231 – Section 131D (heading) 
823.
Item 231 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading of section 131D
of the Copyright Act 1968. The heading now reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2).
Item 232 – Section 131D 
824.
Item 232 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 131D. Section 131D
currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court with respect to civil actions under
Part V of the Act excluding section 115A. The amendment appropriately reflects the
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively
alter the operation of section 131D.
Item 233 – Section 135AS (heading) 
825.
Item 233 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 135AS.
The heading now reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit
Court as the FCFC (Division 2).
Item 234 – Section 135AS 
826.
Item 234 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 135AS.
Section 135AS currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court with respect to
actions under Part VAA of the Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the
operation of section 135AS.
Item 235 – Subsection 195AZGH(5) 
827.
Item 235 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 195AZGH(5).
Subsection 195AZGH(5) currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction
with respect to matters arising under Part IX of the Act. The amendment appropriately
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not
substantively alter the operation of subsection 195AZGH(5).
Item 236 – Section 248MA (heading) 
828.
Item 236 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 248MA. The heading
now reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC
(Division 2).
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Item 237 – Section 248MA 
829.
Item 237 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 248MA.
Section 248MA currently confers jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit Court with respect to
actions for unauthorised use under section 248J of the Act. The amendment appropriately
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not
substantively alter the operation of section 248MA.
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 
Item 238 – Section 586-10 (heading) 
830.
Item 238 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ in the heading to section 586-10
of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 to be ‘Federal Circuit
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The heading now reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1) and State Family Courts’. The amendment
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1).
Item 239 – Subsection 586-10(1) 
831.
Item 239 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 586-10(1). Subsection 586-10(1)
currently confers jurisdiction on the Family Court with respect to civil matters arising under
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations legislation. The amendment
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does
not substantively alter the operation of subsection 586-10(1).
Item 240 – Paragraphs 586-15(1)(a), (2)(c) and (5)(a) 
832.
Item 240 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraphs 586-15(1)(a), (2)(c) and (5)(a). Section 586-15
deals with the jurisdiction of courts when Commonwealth officers make decisions to
prosecute and decisions on related criminal justice processes. The amendments appropriately
reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not
substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 586-15(1)(a), (2)(c) and (5)(a).
Item 241 – Paragraphs 586-25(1)(b) and (2)(b) 
833.
Item 241 repeals the paragraphs and replaces them with new paragraphs (1)(b) and
(2)(b), which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’.
Paragraph 586-25(1)(b) currently provides that an appeal may not be instituted from a
decision of the Federal Court to the Family Court. Paragraph 586-25(2)(b) provides that an
appeal may not be instituted from a decision of a court of the Australian Capital Territory to
the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court
as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 586-
25(1)(b) and (2)(b).
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Item 242 – Paragraph 586-25(3)(c) 
834.  Item 242 repeals the paragraph and replaces it with new paragraph (c), which refers to 
‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. Paragraph 586-25(3)(c) 
currently provides that an appeal may not be instituted from a decision of a court (not being a 
State Family Court) of a State or the Northern Territory to the Family Court. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 586-25(3)(c). 
Item 243 – Subsection 586-25(4) 
835.  Item 243 repeals subsection 586-25(4) and replaces it with a new subsection (4). 
Subsection 586-25(4) currently provides that an appeal may not be instituted from a decision 
of the Family Court to the Federal Court or a State or Territory court. The amendment 
replaces the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 
586-25(4).  
Item 244 – Section 586-40 (heading) 
836.  Item 244 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in the heading to section 586-40. The heading now 
reads ‘Transfer of proceedings by the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
1) and State Family Courts’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 245 – Subparagraphs 586-40(1)(b)(i) and (3)(a)(i) and (b)(i) 
837.  Item 245 repeals subparagraphs 586-40(1)(b)(i) and (3)(a)(i) and (b)(i) and replaces 
them with new subparagraphs which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. Section 586-40 currently deals with the transfer of proceedings by the 
Family Court and State Family Courts. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of subparagraphs 586-40(1)(b)(i) and (3)(a)(i) and (b)(i). 
Item 246 – Paragraph 586-65(3)(a) 
838.  Item 246 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 586-65(3)(a). Paragraph 586-65(3)(a) 
currently provides that subsection (3) applies to jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court or 
the Family Court with respect to civil matters arising under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander Corporations legislation. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
subparagraph 586-65(3)(a). 
Item 247 – Section 586-90 (heading) 
839.  Item 247 repeals the heading to section 586-90 and replaces it with ‘Rules of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The substitution appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
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Item 248 – Section 586-90 
840.  Item 248 updates the section 586-90 reference to rules of court conferred by section 
123 of the Family Law Act to be ‘Rules of Court under Chapter 3 of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia Act 2019
’. Section 586-90 currently provides that the power to 
make rules of court conferred by section 123 of the Family Law Act extends to making rules 
of court for the purposes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations legislation. 
The amendment refers to the correct Chapter of the FCFC Bill contains the power for the 
FCFC (Division 1) to make Rules of Court. The amendment does not affect the intent of 
section 586-90.  
Item 249 – Paragraphs 586-90(a) and (c) 
841.  Item 249 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraphs 586-90(a) and (c). Section 586-90 provides 
that the power to make rules of court conferred by section 123 of the Family Law Act extends 
to making rules of court for the purposes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
Corporations legislation. Paragraph 586-90(a) currently provides that the power to make rules 
of court extends to rules with respect to proceedings and the practice and procedure of the 
Family Court under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations legislation. Paragraph 
586-90(c) provides the power extends to rules without limitation, with respect to costs and 
with respect to rules about meetings ordered by the Family Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do 
not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 586-90(a) and (c). 
Item 250 – Subsection 694-35(1) (paragraph (c) of the definition of Court) 
842.  Item 250 repeals paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘Court’ in subsection 694-35(1) 
and replaces it with new paragraph (c), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 1)’. Section 694-35 provides for the meaning of ‘court’ and ‘Court’ in 
the Act. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph (c) of the 
definition of ‘Court’ in subsection 694-35(1). 
Item 251 – Section 700-1 (paragraph (b) of the definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander Corporations legislation
) 
843.  Item 251 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ in paragraph (b) of the definition 
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations legislation in section 700-1 to be 
‘Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. Section 
700-1 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph (b) of the definition 
currently refers to rules of court made by the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of the 
Australian Capital Territory, or the Family Court, because of a provision of the Act. The 
amendment reflects the change in law as to how rules of court will be made in the FCFC 
(Division 1); rules of court in the FCFC (Division 1) will be made by the Chief Justice of the 
FCFC (Division 1). This does not affect the intent of the definition of ‘Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander Corporations legislation’ in section 700-1.  
 
 
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Item 252 – Section 700-1 (definition of Family Court) 
844.  Item 252 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court’ in section 700-1. Section 700-1 
provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides that 
‘Family Court means the Family Court of Australia’. This definition is no longer required as 
the Family Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are 
made to the FCFC (Division 1), the reference is provided in full. 
Item 253 – Section 700-1 (definition of superior court) 
845.  Item 253 updates the reference to ‘the Family Court’ in the definition of ‘superior 
court’ in section 700-1 to be ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. 
Section 700-1 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Relevantly, the definition 
of superior court currently includes the Family Court. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not alter the 
definition of ‘superior court’ in section 700-1. 
 
Corporations Act 2001  
Item 254 – Section 9 (paragraph (c) of the definition of Corporations legislation) 
846.  Item 254 amends paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘Corporations legislation’ in 
section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001. Paragraph (c) of the definition provides that 
Corporations legislation means rules of court made by the Federal Court, the Supreme Court 
of the Capital Territory, or the Family Court, because of a provision of the Act. This item 
replaces the reference to ‘Family Court’ with ‘Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The FCFC (Division 1) will be able to make Rules of Court 
under the new Court structure, with the amendment making the necessary nomenclature 
change.  
Item 255 – Section 9 (definition of Family Court) 
847.  Item 255 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court’ in section 9 of the Act. ‘Family 
Court’ currently means the ‘Family Court of Australia’. The definition is no longer required 
as the Family Court will be continued as FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are 
made to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ the title of that 
Court is provided in full. 
Item 256 – Section 9 (definition of superior court) 
848.  Item 256 amends the definition of ‘superior court’ in section 9 of the Act by replacing 
the reference to the ‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’. Under the new court structure the FCFC (Division 1) will continue to be a 
superior court of record. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the continuation of the Court as a superior court. 
Item 257 – Subsection 58AA(1) (paragraph (c) of the definition of Court) 
849.  Item 257 repeals and replaces paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘Court’ in subsection 
58AA(1) of the Act. Paragraph (c) currently provides that the definition of Court includes the 
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Family Court of Australia. This item replaces existing paragraph (c) to provide that the 
definition of Court includes the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 258 – Paragraph 908CI(3)(b) 
850.  Item 258 amends subsection 908CI(3) of the Act, which prescribes the courts that are 
relevant courts in relation to subsection 908CF(1). In particular, this item repeals paragraph 
908CI(3)(b), which refers to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, and replaces it with new 
paragraph 908CI(3)(b) which provides that the FCFC (Division 2) is a relevant court in 
relation to subsection 908CF(1). The amendment does not change the operation of the 
section. 
Item 259 – Section 1337C (heading) 
851.  Item 259 amends the heading to section 1337C by replacing the reference to the 
‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The 
heading will now read ‘Jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) and State Family Courts’. 
Items 260 and 261 – Subsection 1337C(1) and paragraphs 1337D(1)(a), (2)(c) and (5)(a) 
852.  Items 260 and 261 replace references to the ‘Family Court’ in subsection 1337C(1) 
and paragraphs 1337D(1)(a), 2(c) and 5(a) with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. Both section 1337C and 1337D relate to the jurisdiction of courts, 
including the jurisdiction of the Family Court. These items appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not change the operation 
of the relevant sections. 
Items 262 and 263 – Paragraphs 1337F(1)(b), (2)(b) and (3)(c) 
853.  Items 262 and 263 repeal paragraphs 1337F(1)(b), (2)(b) and (3)(c) of the Act. 
Section 1337F provides for the appeal avenues from decisions of the specified courts. These 
items repeal the paragraphs that refer to the ‘Family Court’ and replace them with paragraphs 
that refer to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. These items do 
not change the operation of the paragraphs and provide for the necessary nomenclature 
changes to accurately reflect the new structure of the courts. 
Item 264 – Subsection 1337F(4) 
854.  Item 264 amends subsection 1337F(4) by substituting “Family Court” with “Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)”. Currently subsection 1337F(4) provides 
that an appeal may not be instituted from a decision of the Family Court to the Federal Court 
a State or Territory Court. Subsection (4) will now provide that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of the FCFC (Division 1) to the Federal Court or a State or 
Territory Court. This reflects that the FCFC (Division 1) will retain the Family Court’s 
appellate jurisdiction. This item does not change the operation of the subsection and provides 
for the necessary nomenclature changes to accurately reflect the new structure of the courts. 
Item 265 – Section 1337J (heading) 
855.  Item 265 amends the heading to section 1337J by replacing the reference to the 
‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The 
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heading will now read ‘Transfer of proceedings by Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) and State Family Courts’. 
Item 266 – Subparagraphs 1337J(1)(b)(i) and (3)(a)(i) and (b)(i) 
856.  Item 266 repeals subparagraphs 1227J(1)(b)(i) and (3)(a)(i) and (b)(i), which refer to 
the ‘Family Court of Australia’ and replaces them with new subparagraphs that refer to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The amendments appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 267 – Subsection 1337P(3) (paragraph (a) of the definition of relevant jurisdiction) 
857.  Item 267 amends paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘relevant jurisdiction’ in 
subsection 1337P(3) by replacing the reference to the ‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. Paragraph 1337P(3)(a) will now provide that 
relevant jurisdiction means jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court or the FCFC 
(Division 1) with respect to civil matters arising under the Corporations Legislation. 
Item 268 – Section 1337U (heading) 
858.  Item 268 amends the heading to section 1337U by replacing the reference to the 
‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. The 
heading will now read ‘Rules of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’. 
Item 269 – Subsection 1337U(1) 
859.  Item 269 amends subsection 1337U(1), which provides that the power to make rules 
of court conferred by section 123 of the Family Law Act extends to making rules of court for 
the matters specified in paragraphs 1337U(1)(a)-(c). This item replaces the reference to ‘rules 
of court conferred by section 123 of the Family Law Act 1975’ with ‘Rules of Court under 
Chapter 3 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. This is to 
accurately reflect that the power to make rules of the FCFC (Division 1) will be contained in 
new Chapter 3 of the FCFC Bill rather than section 123 of the Family Law Act. 
Item 270 – Paragraphs 1337U(1)(a) and (c) 
860.  Item 270 amends paragraphs 1337U(1)(a) and (c) by replacing references to the 
‘Family Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. 
Section 1337U provides that the power to make rules of court conferred by section 123 of the 
Family Law Act extends to making Rules of Court for the matters specified in paragraphs 
1337U(1)(a)-(c). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court 
as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not change the operation of the section. 
 
Court Security Act 2013  
Item 271 – Section 5 (table item 3 in the definition of administrative head) 
861.  Item 271 repeals table item 3 in the definition of ‘administrative head’ in section 5 of 
the Court Security Act 2013 and replaces it with the text provided for new table items 3 and 
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4. Section 5 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. New table item 3 updates 
the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’ and updates the administrative head to be the ‘Chief Executive Officer 
and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia’.  
862.  New table item 4, in combination with item 272, updates the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ 
and updates the administrative head to be the ‘Chief Executive Officer and Principal 
Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia’.  
863.  The amendments to the names of the Courts appropriately reflect the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). The amendments to the administrative head column reflects the change in law, 
that the administrative head of the FCFC will be the Chief Executive Officer and Principal 
Registrar of the Federal Court as introduced by the FCFC Bill. This reflects the CEO of the 
Federal Court’s role in providing corporate services to the FCFC, which includes court 
security. The amendments, in combination with item 272, appropriately reflect the change in 
name and administrative structure.  
Item 272 – Section 5 (table item 6 in the definition of administrative head) 
864.  Item 272 repeals table item 6 in the definition of ‘administrative head’ in section 5. 
Table item 6 provides the administrative head for the Federal Circuit Court. See item 271 for 
further guidance.  
Item 273 – Section 5 (cell at table item 7 in the definition of administrative head, column 
headed ‘Court’)
 
865.  Item 273 updates the cell at table item 7 in the definition of ‘administrative head’ 
under the column headed ‘Court’ in section 5. Table item 7 provides for the administrative 
head of federal courts not mentioned elsewhere in the table. Item 244 removes the reference 
to table item 6, as it is being repealed by item 272. This amendment does not substantively 
alter the operation of table item 7 in the definition of ‘administrative head’ in section 5.  
Item 274 – Subsection 41(1) 
866.  Item 274 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ and the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ and ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’, respectively in subsection 41(1). 
Subsection 41(1) currently provides that a member of the Family Court of Australia, the 
Family Court of Western Australia or the Federal Circuit Court may make an order 
prohibiting a specified person from doing a specified act for a specified period. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and re-order the names 
of the Courts to group the Divisions of the FCFC together. The amendments do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 41(1).  
Item 275 – Subsection 41(1) (note 3) 
867.  Item 275 repeals note 3 to subsection 41(1) and replaces it with a new note 3 to 
subsection 41(1). New note 3 refers to clause 39 of the FCFC Bill and to Division 2 of Part 
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III of the Federal Court Act, which applies in relation to appeals from the variation or 
revocation of an order if the order was made by a member of the FCFC (Division 1), the 
FCFC (Division 2) or the Family Court of Western Australia. The new note reflects the new 
appeal structure of the federal courts. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation 
of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not affect the intent of the note.  
Item 276 – Section 45 (note) 
868.  Item 276 repeals the note to section 45 and replaces it with a new note to section 45. 
Section 45 provides that a member of a court who may make a court security order may vary 
or revoke such an order relating to their court. The new note refers to clause 39 of the FCFC 
Bill and to Division 2 of Part III of the Federal Court Act, which applies in relation to appeals 
from the variation or revocation of an order if the order was made by a member of the FCFC 
(Division 1), the FCFC (Division 2) or the Family Court of Western Australia. The new note 
reflects the new appeal structure of the federal courts. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not affect the intent of the note. 
Item 277 – Section 51 (table item 2) 
869.  Item 277 repeals table item 2 in section 51 and replaces it with new table items 2 and 
3. Section 51 deals with delegation by an administrative head of a court to a person listed in 
the table. New table item 2 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ’ 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ and updates the person to whom 
the administrative head may delegate powers and functions to be ‘The Marshal of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. New table item 3, in combination with 
item 278, updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ and updates the person to whom the administrative 
head may delegate powers and functions to be ‘The Marshal of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendments to the names of the Court and the 
Marshals appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) 
and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 278 – Section 51 (table item 5) 
870.  Item 278 repeals table item 5 in section 51. Table item 5 provides for the person to 
whom the administrative head of the Federal Circuit Court may delegate. See item 277 for 
further guidance. 
Item 279 – Section 51 (cell at table item 6, column headed ‘Court’) 
871.  Item 279 updates the cell at table item 6 in section 51 under the column headed 
‘Court’. Table item 6 provides for persons to whom administrative heads of federal courts not 
mentioned elsewhere in the table may delegate powers and functions. This item removes the 
reference to table item 5, as it is being repealed by item 277. This amendment does not 
substantively alter the operation of table item 6 in section 51 of the Crimes Act 1914.  
 
 
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Item 280 – Subsection 3ZQO(1) 
872.  Item 280 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 3ZQO(1) of the 
Crimes Act 1914. Subsection 3ZQO(1) currently provides that an authorised Australian 
Federal Police (AFP) officer may apply to a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court for a notice 
under section 3ZQO of the Act in respect of a person if the AFP officer considers on 
reasonable grounds that the person has documents (including in electronic form) that are 
relevant to, and will assist, the investigation of a serious offence. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 3ZQO(1). 
Item 281 – Section 3ZQQ (heading) 
873.  Item 281 updates the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court Judges’ to be ‘Judges of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 3ZQQ. 
The heading now reads ‘Powers conferred on Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) in their 
personal capacity’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 282 – Section 3ZQQ 
874.  Item 282 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 3ZQQ. Section 3ZQQ currently 
provides that with powers conferred on Federal Circuit Court Judges by section 3ZQO are 
conferred on those Judges in their personal capacity. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of section 3ZQQ. 
Item 283 – Paragraph 3ZZNF(3)(a) 
875.  Item 283 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 3ZZNF(3)(a). 
Section 3ZZNF provides for the Commonwealth to pay compensation in specified 
circumstances for damage to electronic equipment operated under Part IAAB of the Act. 
Paragraph 3ZZNF(3)(a) currently provides that if the Commonwealth and the owner or user 
fail to agree on the amount of compensation, the owner or user may institute proceedings in 
the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of section 3ZZNF. 
Item 284 – Paragraph 4AAA(1)(ab) 
876.  Item 284 repeals paragraph 4AAA(1)(ab) and replaces it with a new paragraph which 
refers to ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Section 4AAA provides for Commonwealth laws that confer non-judicial functions and 
powers on officers. Paragraph 4AAA(1)(ab) currently provides that the section sets out the 
rules that apply if, under a law of the Commonwealth relating to criminal matters, a function 
or power that is neither judicial nor incidental to a judicial function or power, is conferred on 
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a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraph 4AAA(1)(ab).  
Item 285 – Subsections 4AAA(2) and (3A) 
877.  Item 285 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 4AAA(2) and (3A). 
Section 4AAA provides for Commonwealth laws that confer non-judicial functions and 
powers on officers. Subsection 4AAA(2) currently provides that the function or power is 
conferred on the person in their personal capacity. Subsection 4AAA(3A) provides for a 
Judge of the Federal Court or a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court performing a conferred 
function or exercising a conferred power to have the same protection and immunity as a 
Justice of the High Court in relation to proceedings in the High Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 4AAA(2) and 
(3A).  
 
Criminal Code Act 1995  
Item 286 – Subsection 100.1(1) of the Criminal Code (paragraph (c) of the definition of 
issuing court
)  
878.  Item 286 amends paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘issuing court’ in 
subsection 100.1(1) of the Criminal Code. The definition is relevant to Division 104 which 
relates to the making of control orders. Item 286 amends paragraph (c) to remove the 
reference to ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replace it with ‘the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 287 – Paragraph 105.2(1)(b) of the Criminal Code 
879.  Item 287 amends paragraph 105.2(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. Section 105.2 outlines 
who the Attorney-General may appoint as an issuing authority for continued preventative 
detention orders. Item 287 amends the paragraph by removing the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ and replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment makes the necessary nomenclature changes to 
reflect the new court structure and does not alter who can be appointed as an issuing authority 
for the purpose of issuing continued preventative detention orders.  
Item 288 – Subsections 105.43(4), (5) and (7) of the Criminal Code 
880.  Item 288 amends subsections 105.43(4), (5) and (7) of the Criminal Code. These 
subsections outline the powers of police officers to take fingerprints, samples of handwriting 
or photographs. Item 288 removes all references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ 
and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not impact on the operation of this section. 
 
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Item 289 – Section 105.46 of the Criminal Code (heading) 
881.  Item 289 amends the heading to section 105.46 of the Criminal Code by replacing the 
reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Nature of functions of Judge of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 290 – Section 105.46 of the Criminal Code 
882.  Item 290 amends section 105.46 of the Criminal Code, which deals with the nature of 
functions of Federal Circuit Court judges. Item 290 removes references to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not impact on the nature of Judges’ 
functions. 
Item 291 – Section 106.4 of the Criminal Code 
883.  Item 291 amends section 106.4 of the Criminal Code, which is a savings provision for 
items relating to and things done by Federal Magistrates. Existing section 106.4 was required 
to save appointments made and consents given under section 105.2 and things done by 
Federal Magistrates as issuing authorities when the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia 
was changed to be the Federal Circuit Court. Now that the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as the FCFC (Division 2) a similar savings provisions is required to save 
appointments made and consents given under section 105.2 and things done by Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court FCFC as issuing authorities.  
884.  The new savings provisions will also operate so that it applies to appointments made 
and consents given under section 105.2 and things done by Federal Magistrates as issuing 
authorities. New section 106.4 also includes specific references to the commencement of the 
operation of the section, being the commencement day. 
885.  Item 291 repeals and replaces section 106.4, including the heading. The new heading 
removes the reference to ‘Federal Magistrates’ and replaces it with ‘Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court’. The new heading will now read ‘Saving — Judges of the Federal Circuit 
Court’.  
886.  New subsection 106.4(1) provides that an appointment that is in force immediately 
before the commencement day under subsection 105.2(1) in respect of a Judge of the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia continues in force, on and after that day, as an appointment in 
respect of a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) under that subsection.  
887.  New subsection 106.4(2) provides that a consent that is in force immediately before 
the commencement day under subsection 105.2(2) in respect of a Judge of the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia continues in force, on and after that day, as an appointment in respect of a 
Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) under that subsection. 
888.  New subsection 106.4(3) provides that a thing done by, or in relation to, a Judge of 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, as an issuing authority for continued preventative 
detention orders, under Division 105 before the commencement day has effect, on and after 
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that day, as if it had been done by, or in relation to, a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2), as an 
issuing authority for continued preventative detention orders, under that Division.  
889.  New subsection 106.4(4) provides a definition of ‘commencement day’, which means 
the day Schedule 2 of this Bill commences, being the same time as the FCFC Bill.  
Item 292 – Subparagraph 123.1(2)(b)(ii) of the Criminal Code 
890.  Item 292 amends subparagraph 123.1(2)(b)(ii) of the Criminal Code, by repealing the 
subparagraph and substituting a new subparagraph which refers to the FCFC (Division 2). 
Subparagraph 123.1(2)(b) provides that a relevant court for the purposes of Part 7 of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 is the Federal Circuit Court. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not impact on the operation of this section. 
Item 293 – Paragraph 150.5(3)(b) of the Criminal Code 
891.  Item 293 amends paragraph 150.5(3)(b) of the Criminal Code, which provides that the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a relevant court with respect to injunctions made under 
Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. Item 293 repeals the 
paragraph which references the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces it with a 
new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not impact on the operation of this section. 
 
Customs Act 1901  
Item 294 – Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of Division 1B Judge
892.  Item 294 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph (a) of the definition of 
‘Division 1B Judge’ in subsection 4(1) of the Customs Act 1901. Subsection 4(1) provides 
definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Relevantly, paragraph (a) of the definition of 
‘Division 1B Judge’ currently includes ‘a Judge of the Family Court of Australia’ in relation 
to whom a consent under subsection 219RA(1) and a nomination under subsection 219RA(2) 
are in force. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Family 
Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘Division 1B Judge’. 
Item 295 – Subsections 219RA(1) and 219ZL(1) 
893.  Item 295 updates references to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsections 219RA(1) and 219ZL(1). 
Subsection 219RA(1) currently provides that a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, and 
the other listed Judges, may consent to be nominated by the Minister to be a Division 1B 
Judge. Subsection 219ZL(1) provides that a Judge issuing a warrant or giving an order under 
Part XII, including a Judge of the Family Court, has the same protection and immunity that a 
Justice of the High Court has in relation to proceedings in the High Court. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the Family Court as Judges of the FCFC 
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(Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 219RA(1) and 
219ZL(1). 
 
Defence Act 1903  
Item 296 – Subparagraph 117AE(3)(e)(ii) 
894.  Item 296 repeals subparagraph 117AE(3)(e)(ii) of the Defence Act 1903 and replaces 
it with new subparagraph (ii), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Subparagraph 117AE(3)(e)(ii) currently provides that the Federal 
Circuit Court is a relevant court for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraph 117AE(3)(e). 
 
Defence Force (Home Loans Assistance) Act 1990  
Item 297 – Section 3 (definition of Family Court) 
895.  Item 297 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court’ in section 3 of the Defence Force 
(Home Loans Assistance) 
Act 1990. Section 3 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the 
Act. The definition currently provides that ‘Family Court’ means ‘the Family Court of 
Australia’. The definition is no longer required as the Family Court will be continued as the 
FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 1), the 
reference is provided in full. 
Item 298 – Paragraphs 18(1)(a) and 29(d) and (e) 
896.  Item 298 updates references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraphs 18(1)(a) and 29(d) and (e). Paragraph 18(1)(a) 
currently provides that the Secretary of Defence must grant approval in relation to the sale, 
purchase or transfer of a house subject to a subsidised loan if satisfied that the proposed sale, 
purchase or transfer has not been ordered by the Family Court.  
897.  Section 29 specifies when a subsidy stops being payable on a subsidised loan to a 
person who is a subsidised borrower. Paragraph 29(d) provides that the subsidy stops being 
payable when the property to which the loan relates is transferred under an order of the 
Family Court to the person’s spouse or de facto partner, or former spouse or former de facto 
partner, or to the person and his or her former spouse or former de facto partner, whether as 
joint tenants or as tenants in common. Paragraph 29(e) provides that the subsidy stops being 
payable when the property to which the loan relates, or any interest in it, is sold or transferred 
to another person (other than under an order of the Family Court) without an approval under 
section 18.  
898.  The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 18(1)(a) and 
29(d) and (e). 
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Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001  
Items 299 and 300 – Paragraphs 76A(3)(b) and 77(1)(b), and subsection 77(2) 
899.
Items 299 and 300 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraphs 76A(3)(b) and
77(1)(b) and subsection 77(2) of the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001.
Paragraph 76A(3)(b) currently provides that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court is
a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the Act for the purposes of Part 4
of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. Paragraph 77(1)(b) provides that
the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may hear and determine matters arising under
the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001. Subsection 77(2) clarifies that this Act
does not confer any criminal jurisdiction on the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal
Circuit Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of
paragraphs 76A(3)(b) and 77(1)(b), and subsection 77(2).
Designs Act 2003  
Item 301 – Section 5 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
900.
Item 301 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 5 of the Designs
Act 2003Section 5 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition
provides that ‘Federal Circuit Court’ means ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC
(Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is
provided in full.
Item 302 – Section 5 (paragraph (aa) of the definition of prescribed court) 
901.
Item 302 repeals paragraph (aa) of the definition of ‘prescribed court’ in section 5 and
replaces it with new paragraph (aa), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of
Australia (Division 2)’. Section 5 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act.
Currently, the Federal Circuit Court is defined as being a prescribed court under paragraph
(aa) of the definition of ‘prescribed court’. The amendment appropriately reflects the
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the
effect of the definition of ‘prescribed court’ in section 5.
Item 303 – Subsections 28(5), 50(6), 52(7), 54(4), 67(4) and 68(6) 
902.
Item 303 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 28(5), 50(6), 52(7), 54(4), 67(4) and
68(6). These subsections currently provide that appeals lie to the Federal Court or the Federal
Circuit Court against decisions of the Registrar under the relevant sections. The amendments
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2)
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 28(5), 50(6), 52(7), 54(4), 67(4)
and 68(6).
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Item 304 – Section 82 
903.  Item 304 omits the second paragraph of the simplified outline of section 82 of Chapter 
7 of the Act. The new paragraph updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in the 
second paragraph to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the intent of section 82. 
Item 305 – Paragraph 83(2)(a) 
904.  Item 305 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 83(2)(a). Paragraph 83(2)(a) 
currently provides that the jurisdiction of the Federal Court to hear and determine appeals 
from decisions of the Registrar is exclusive of the jurisdiction of any other court other than 
the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court under subsection 83A(2). The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 83(2)(a). 
Item 306 – Section 83A (heading)  
905.  Item 306 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 83A. The heading now 
reads ‘Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
Items 307 to 309 – Section 83A, subsection 84(1), and subsection 86(3) 
906.  Items 307 to 309 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 83A, subsection 84(1), and 
subsection 86(3). Section 83A currently deals with the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit 
Court to deal with matters arising under the Act. Section 84 deals with jurisdiction of 
prescribed courts other than the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court to deal with 
matters arising under the Act that may be brought in a prescribed court. Subsection 86(3) 
provides that section 86, dealing with transfer of proceedings, does not apply in relation to a 
transfer of proceeding between the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of section 83A, subsection 84(1), and 
subsection 86(3). 
Item 310 – Subsection 86(3) (note) 
907.  Item 310 repeals the note to subsection 86(3) and replaces it with two notes. The note 
currently provides a direction to legislative references that provide for transfers between the 
Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The new notes update references from the 
Federal Circuit Court to the FCFC (Division 2), and update the legislative references for the 
transfer provisions. Clause 120 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 
2019
 provides the FCFC (Division 2) with the power to transfer matters, other than 
proceedings relating to family law matters, on its own initiative or on the application of a 
party to the Federal Court, though the Federal Court must confirm such a transfer under new 
section 32AD of the Federal Court Act. New section 32AC of the Federal Court Act provides 
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the Federal Court with the power to transfer matters, other than proceedings relating to family 
law matters, on its own initiative or on the application of a party from the FCFC (Division 2). 
Amended section 32AB provides for discretionary transfer of civil proceedings to the FCFC. 
There are two notes because it is clearer to deal with transfers from the FCFC (Division 2) to 
the Federal Court separately from transfers from the Federal Court to the FCFC (Division 1).  
Item 311 – Subsection 87(2) 
908.  Item 311 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 87(2). Subsection 87(2) currently 
provides that an appeal does not lie to the Full Court of the Federal Court from a judgment or 
order of a single judge of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court in the exercise of its 
jurisdiction to hear and determine appeals from decisions of the Registrar other than with 
leave of the Federal Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation 
of subsection 87(2). 
Item 312 – Section 88 (heading) 
909.  Item 312 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 88. The heading now 
reads ‘Powers of Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) on hearing an appeal’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 313 – Sections 88 and 89 
910.  Item 313 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in sections 88 and 89. Section 88 currently deals with 
the powers of the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court on hearing an appeal against a 
decision or direction of the Registrar. Section 89 provides that the Registrar may appear and 
be heard at the hearing of an appeal against a decision or direction of the Registrar, even if 
the Registrar is not a party to the appeal. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of sections 88 and 89. 
 
Do Not Call Register Act 2006  
Item 314 – Section 4 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
911.  Item 314 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 4 of the Do Not 
Call Register Act 2006
. Section 4 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. 
Currently, the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ is defined as being the ‘Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia’. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued 
as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 1), 
the reference is provided in full. 
 
 
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Item 315 – Section 23 
912.  Item 315 omits the second dot point of the simplified outline of Part 4 of the Act and 
replaces it with a new dot point in section 23. The reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in 
the second dot point is updated to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the intent of section 23. 
Items 316 to 322 – Subsection 24(1), paragraphs 25(2)(a), (3)(b), (4)(b), (5)(b) and (6)(b), 
sections 26 and 28, paragraph 30(1)(a), subsection 30(3), paragraph 31(1)(a), and 
subsection 31(2)
 
913.  Items 316 to 322 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in sections 24, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31. 
Subsection 24(1) currently provides that the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may order 
a person pay to the Commonwealth a pecuniary penalty. Section 25 provides for the 
maximum penalties for contravention of the civil penalty provisions. Section 26 provides that 
the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may direct that 2 or more proceedings for civil 
penalty orders are to be heard together. Section 28 provides that the rules of evidence and 
procedure for civil matters must be applied in proceedings for a civil penalty order. Section 
30 provides that the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may make an ancillary order of 
compensation. Section 31 provides that the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may make 
an ancillary order of recovery of financial benefit to the Commonwealth.  
914.  The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsection 24(1), 
paragraphs 25(2)(a), (3)(b), (4)(b), (5)(b) and (6)(b), sections 26 and 28, paragraph 30(1)(a), 
subsection 30(3), paragraph 31(1)(a), and subsection 31(2). 
Item 323 – Section 33 
915.  Item 323 omits the dot point of the simplified outline of Part 5 of the Act and replaces 
it with a new dot point in section 33. The new dot point updates the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the intent of section 33. 
Item 324 – Sections 34, 35, 36 and 37 
916.  Item 324 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in sections 34, 35, 36 and 37. Section 34 currently 
deals with the ability of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court to grant restraining and 
performance injunctions. Section 35 provides that the Federal Court and Federal Circuit 
Court may grant an interim injunction but the courts are not to require any undertakings as to 
damages. Section 36 provides that the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may discharge 
or vary an injunction granted by it under Part 5 of the Act. Section 37 provides that certain 
limits on granting injunctions are not to apply. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of sections 34, 35, 36 and 37. 
 
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Item 325 – Section 38 (heading) 
917.  Item 325 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 38. The heading now 
reads ‘Other powers of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2) unaffected’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Items 326 and 327 – Section 38, and paragraph 44(2)(a) 
918.  Items 326 and 327 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 38 and paragraph 44(2)(a). 
Section 38 currently provides that powers of the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court 
under Part 5 are in addition to any other powers of courts. Section 44 provides that the 
regulations may give effect to international conventions. Paragraph 44(2)(a) provides that 
these regulations may vest the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court with jurisdiction in 
a matter or matters arising under the regulations. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of section 38, and paragraph 44(2)(a). 
Item 328 – Clause 1 of Schedule 3 
919.  Item 328 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in clause 1 of Schedule 3. Clause 1 of Schedule 3 
currently outlines the object of the Schedule, which is to set up a system of infringement 
notices for contraventions of civil penalty provisions as an alternative to the institution of 
proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
alter the intent of clause 1 of Schedule 3. 
Item 329 – Paragraph 3(1)(d) of Schedule 3 
920.  Item 329 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 3(1)(d) of Schedule 3. Clause 3 lists 
the matters to include in infringement notices. Paragraph 3(1)(d) currently provides that 
infringement notices must contain a statement to the effect that the matter or matters will not 
be dealt with by the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court if the penalty specified in the 
notice is paid to the ACMA, on behalf of the Commonwealth, within the specified timeframe. 
The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 3(1)(d) of 
Schedule 3. 
Item 330 – Paragraph 7(c) of Schedule 3 
921.  Item 330 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Court’s or the Federal Circuit Court’s 
discretion’ to be ‘discretion of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 7(c) of Schedule 3. Paragraph 7(c) currently provides 
that Schedule 3 does not limit the discretion of the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court to 
determine the amount of a penalty to be imposed on a person who is found in proceedings 
under Part 4 of the Act to have committed a civil contravention. The amendment 
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appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 7(c) of Schedule 3. 
 
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000  
Item 331 – Subsection 110B(1) 
922.  Item 331 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 110B(1) of the 
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000. Section 110B currently provides for the 
enforcement of undertakings in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 110B(1). 
 
Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015  
Item 332 – Subsections 46(3), 47(3) and 48(3) 
923.  Item 332 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 46(3), 47(3) and 48(3) of 
the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015. These subsections currently provide that the Federal 
Circuit Court is a relevant court for the purposes of Parts 4, 6 and 7, respectively of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsections 46(3), 47(3) and 48(3). 
 
Evidence Act 1995  
Item 333 – Subsection 4(5A) 
924.  Item 333 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 4(5A) of the Evidence Act 
1995
. Section 4 outlines the courts and proceedings to which the Act applies. Subsection 
4(5A) currently makes clear that the Act applies to an appeal to the Family Court of Australia 
from a court of summary jurisdiction of a State or Territory exercising jurisdiction under the 
Family Law Act. Paragraph 26(1)(e) of the FCFC Bill provides that appeals from a court of 
summary jurisdiction of a State or Territory (other than the Magistrates Court of Western 
Australia) exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act may be heard by the FCFC 
(Division 1). The amendments appropriately reflect the appeal pathways from State and 
Territory courts of summary jurisdiction exercising jurisdiction under the Family Law Act.  
 
 
 
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Extradition Act 1988  
Item 334 – Section 5 (definition of eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge
925.  Item 334 repeals the definition of ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ in section 5 of 
the Extradition Act 1988. Section 5 provides definitions of expressions used in the Act. This 
definition will be replaced by use of the term ‘eligible Judge’ throughout provisions in the 
Act under which Judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia can currently perform 
functions (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment to reflect the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 335 – Section 5 
926.  Item 335 inserts a definition of ‘eligible Judge’ in section 5. Section 5 provides 
definitions of expressions used in the Act. An ‘eligible Judge’ will mean a Judge of the FCFC 
(Division 2). The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be used throughout provisions in the Act 
under which FCFC (Division 2) Judges can perform functions. This item operates with item 
334, which removes the definition of ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’. 
927.  The new expression ‘eligible Judge’ will not alter the nature of the functions which 
are conferred under the legislation on Federal Circuit Court Judges under the new title.  
Item 336 – Subsection 11(6) 
928.  Item 336 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 11(6). Section 11 provides for the modification of the Act in relation to 
certain countries, including clarifying the effect on the powers of magistrates in determining 
eligibility for surrender. Subsection 11(6) provides that certain provisions in regulations 
applying to the Act to extradition countries are not to modify the Act by expanding the 
operation of subsection 19(2). The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see 
item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions 
which are conferred under subsection 11(6). 
Item 337 – Paragraph 12(1)(a) 
929.  Item 337 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 12(1)(a). Subsection 12(1) provides for eligible Federal Circuit Court 
Judges to issue extradition arrest warrants in specified circumstances. The expression 
‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment 
that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under subsection 12(1). 
Item 338 – Subsections 12(3) and 14(1) 
930.  Item 338 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsections 12(3) and 14(1). Subsection 12(3) provides for the Attorney-General to 
direct an eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge to cancel an extradition arrest warrant in certain 
circumstances, and subsection 14(1) provides that following receipt of necessary affidavit 
evidence, an eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge may issue a warrant authorising specified 
police officers to enter premises, search and seize a place or thing. The expression ‘eligible 
Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that 
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reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under subsections 12(3) and 
14(1). 
Item 339 – Sections 15 and 15A 
931.  Item 339 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ wherever it occurs in sections 15 and 15A. Section 15 provides for the remanding in 
custody or on bail of a person arrested under an extradition arrest warrant, and section 15A 
sets out a process for certain categories of person who may elect to waive extradition. The 
expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential 
amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under sections 15 
and 15A. 
Item 340 – Subsections 15B(1) and (4) and 16(1) 
932.  Item 340 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsections 15B(1) and (4) and subsection 16(1). Subsections 15B(1) and (4) 
provide that where a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge has informed the 
Attorney-General that a person wishes to waive extradition and the Attorney-General 
determines that the person is not to be surrendered, the Attorney-General must, by notice in 
the statutory form, direct a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge to order the 
release of the person from custody. Subsection 16(1) provides that the Attorney-General may 
provide notice to any magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge that an extradition 
request from an extradition country in relation to a person has been received. The expression 
‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment 
that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under sections 15B and 16. 
Item 341 – Subsections 16A(2) and (3) 
933.  Item 341 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsections 16A(2) and (3). Subsections 16A(2) and (3) provide for the Attorney-
General to give an amended notice to a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge in 
writing in the statutory form before the magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge has 
determined in accordance with section 19 that the person is eligible for surrender in relation 
to the extradition offence/s. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see 
item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions 
which are conferred under section 16A. 
Item 342 – Section 17 
934.  Item 342 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ wherever it occurs in section 17. Section 17 provides for the release of a 
person from custody or discharge of the recognizances on which bail was granted where a 
person is on remand under section 15 and the Attorney-General decides either not to give a 
notice under subsection 16(1) in relation to the person or that for any other reason remand 
should cease. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This 
is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit 
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Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are 
conferred under section 17. 
Item 343 – Subsections 18(1), (3) and (4) 
935.  Item 343 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subsections 18(1), (3) and (4). Section 18 provides a process for a person 
to consent to their surrender to the extradition country. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will 
be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 17. 
Item 344 – Paragraph 19(1)(c) 
936.  Item 344 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 19(1)(c). Subsection 19(1) provides for a magistrate or eligible Federal 
Circuit Court Judge to conduct proceedings to determine whether a person is eligible for 
surrender in relation to the extradition offence or extradition offences for which surrender is 
sought by the extradition country. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act 
(see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of 
the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions 
which are conferred under section 19. 
Item 345 – Subsection 19(9A) 
937.  Item 345 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 19(9A). Subsection 19(9A) provides that a magistrate or eligible Federal 
Circuit Court Judge must not release a person on bail under paragraph 19(9)(a) unless there 
are special circumstances justifying such release. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 19. 
Item 346 – Subparagraphs 19A(1)(b)(ii) and 20(1)(a)(ii) 
938.  Item 346 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subparagraph 19A(1)(b)(ii). Section 19A provides for a person to consent to being 
surrendered in respect of one or more extradition offences not specified in the notice given 
under subsection 16(1) in certain circumstances. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 19A. 
939.  This item also replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subparagraph 20(1)(a)(ii). Section 20 provides for a person to consent to 
being surrendered in respect of one or more offences that are not extradition offences in 
certain circumstances. This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
functions which are conferred under section 20. 
 
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Item 347 – Subsection 21(1) 
940.  Item 347 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 21(1). Section 21 provides for the Federal Court to review an order of a 
magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge made under subsection 19(9) or 19(10). 
The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment to reflect the new name of the Court and does not alter the 
operation of section 21. 
Item 348 – Subsection 22(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of eligible person
941.  Item 348 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘eligible person’ in subsection 22(1). Section 22 
provides for the Attorney-General to determine whether an eligible person is to be 
surrendered to the extradition country. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the 
Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
operation of section 22. 
Item 349 – Paragraphs 22(5)(a) and (b) 
942.  Item 349 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraphs 22(5)(a) and (b). Subsection 22(5) provides for the Attorney-General to 
direct a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge to order an eligible person’s release 
or discharge of bail recognisances where the Attorney-General has determined that the person 
is not to be surrendered to the extradition country. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 22. 
Item 350 – Paragraph 26(1)(ca) 
943.  Item 350 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 26(1)(ca). Subsection 26(1) provides requirements for a surrender 
warrant or temporary surrender warrant in relation to a person. Paragraph 26(1)(ca) provides 
that if the person has been released on bail, the warrant shall allow a police officer to take the 
person into custody and bring the person before a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court 
Judge for the purposes of the discharge of the recognisances on which bail was granted. The 
expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential 
amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 26. 
Item 351 – Subsection 26(2A) 
944.  Item 351 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 26(2A). Subsection 26(2A) provides that where a person is brought 
before a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge as referred to in paragraph 
26(1)(ca), the magistrate or Judge must order the discharge of the recognisances on which 
bail was granted and that the person be committed to prison to await surrender under the 
warrant. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
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as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred 
under section 26. 
Item 352 – Paragraphs 28(a) and 29(a) 
945.  Item 352 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 28(a). Section 28 provides for the indorsement of a New Zealand warrant 
by a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will 
be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 28. 
946.  This item also replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in paragraph 29(a). Section 29 provides for the issue of a warrant for a 
person’s arrest where an application is made on behalf of New Zealand to a magistrate or 
eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge in certain circumstances. This is a consequential 
amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 29. 
Item 353 – Subsection 31(1) 
947.  Item 353 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 31(1). Section 31 provides circumstances in which a magistrate or 
eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge may issue a search and seizure warrant in relation to a 
request for extradition from Australia to New Zealand. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will 
be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 31. 
Item 354 – Section 32 
948.  Item 354 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in section 32. Section 32 provides for a person who is arrested under an indorsed New 
Zealand warrant or under a provisional arrest warrant to be remanded in custody or on bail. 
The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred 
under section 32. 
Item 355 – Paragraphs 33(c) and 34(1)(b) 
949.  Item 355 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 33(c) and paragraph 34(1)(b). Section 33 provides circumstances for the 
release from remand of a person in relation to a request for extradition from Australia to New 
Zealand. Section 34 provides for the issuing of surrender warrants by a magistrate or eligible 
Federal Circuit Court Judge in certain circumstances. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and 
does not alter the functions which are conferred under section 33 and 34. 
 
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Item 356 – Subsections 35(1) and (2) 
950.  Item 356 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsections 35(1) and (2). Subsection 35(1) provides for the review of an order 
made by a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge under section 34. The 
expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential 
amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation of section 35. 
Item 357 – Subsections 43(1), (2) and (3) 
951.  Item 357 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsections 43(1), (2) and (3). Section 43 provides for the taking of evidence by a 
magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge proceedings to be conducted before review 
of an order made by a magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge under section 34. 
The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred 
under section 43. 
Item 358 – Paragraph 45(1)(a) 
952.  Item 358 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraph 45(1)(a). Section 45 provides a process for prosecuting a person in lieu 
of their extradition. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). 
This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation of 
section 45. 
Item 359 – Section 45A (heading) 
953.  Item 359 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court Judges’ with ‘Judges of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 45A. This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation of the section. 
Item 360 – Subsections 45A(1) and (2) 
954.  Item 360 replaces the references to ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court (Division 2)’ in subsections 45A(1) and (2). These are 
consequential amendments that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit 
Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and do not alter the operation of those subsections. 
Item 361 – Subsection 45A(2) 
955.  Item 362 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 45A(2). Section 45A provides for a Federal Circuit Court Judge to, with 
their consent, be nominated by the Attorney-General as an eligible judge for the purposes of 
the Extradition Act 1988. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see 
item 335). This is a consequential amendment to that reflects the continuation of Judges of 
the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation 
of the section. 
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956.  The validity of existing consents and nominations would not be affected by these 
amendments by virtue of item 18 of Schedule 5. 
Item 362 – Subsection 45B (heading) 
957.  Item 362 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court Judges’ with ‘Judges of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 45A. This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation of section 45B. 
Item 363 – Subsections 45B(1) and (3) 
958.  Item 363 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subsections 45B(1) and (3). Section 45B provides that a function or power 
conferred on an eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge is conferred in a personal capacity and 
not as a court or a member of a court. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the 
Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
functions which are conferred under section 45B. 
Item 364 – Section 46A 
959.  Item 364 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ wherever they occur in section 46A. Section 46A provides for how a notice is 
to be given under subsections 12(3), 15B(4), 16(1), 16A(2), 17(1) or 43(1) of the Act to an 
eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the 
Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
operation of the section. 
Item 365 – Subparagraphs 48(1)(b)(iii) and (iv) 
960.  Item 365 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subparagraphs 48(1)(b)(iii) and (iv). Section 48 provides for the transit of 
a person in custody through Australia where the person is being surrendered to an extradition 
country or New Zealand from a third country. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined 
in the Act (see item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
functions which are conferred under section 48. 
Item 366 – Subsection 49(2) 
961.  Item 366 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 49(2). Section 49 provides for the arrest of a person without warrant 
where there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person has escaped from custody 
authorised by the Act. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see 
item 335). This is a consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the 
Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions 
which are conferred under section 49. 
 
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Item 367 – Section 49B 
962.  Item 367 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in section 49B. Section 49B provides for the arrest of a person without warrant where 
there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person has contravened or is about to 
contravene a term or condition of a recognisance on which bail was granted under the Act. 
The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the functions which are conferred 
under section 49A. 
Item 368 – Paragraph 55(c) 
963.  Item 368 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ wherever they occur in paragraph 55(c). Section 55 provides for the making 
of regulations under the Act including prescribing the practice and procedure in relation to 
the performance of magistrates and eligible Federal Circuit Court Judges’ functions under the 
Act. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 335). This is a 
consequential amendment that reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court 
as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the operation of section 55. 
 
Fair Work Act 2009  
Item 369 – Section 12 (definition of Federal Circuit Court
964.  Item 369 repeals the definition for ‘Federal Circuit Court’, contained within section 
12 of the Fair Work Act 2009. Section 12 provides the definitions for terms contained within 
the Act. This definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Where references in the Act are 
made to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ the title of that 
Court is provided in full. 
Item 370 – Subsections 417(3), 421(3) and 422(1) 
965.  Item 370 amends subsections 417(3), 421(3) and 422(1) of the Act. These provisions 
relate to the powers of the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court to grant injunctions in 
the circumstances specified. Item 370 amends these subsections by removing references to 
the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replacing them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the 
operation of these subsections. 
Item 371 – Section 537 
966.  Item 371 amends section 537, which provides a guide to the interpretation of Part 4-1 
of the Act. Part 4-1 relates to civil remedies. Item 371 omits the paragraph of the guide, 
which refers to the Federal Circuit Court, and replaces it with a new paragraph. The new 
paragraph substitutes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with the ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
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Item 372 – Subsection 539(2) (table) 
967.  Item 372 amends subsection 539(2), which provides a table outlining standing, 
jurisdiction and maximum penalties in the context of orders made under the specified 
sections of the Act. This item removes all references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in the 
table, and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the operation of this subsection. 
Item 373 – Section 543 
968.  Item 373 amends section 543, which provides that a national system employer or a 
national system employee may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court to 
enforce an entitlement of the employer or employee arising under subsection 542(1). This 
item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces it with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively impact on the operation of this section. 
Item 374 – Subsection 545(1) (heading) 
969.  Item 374 amends the heading to subsection 545(1) by replacing the reference to 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
The complete heading to the subsection now reads ‘Federal Court and Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ appropriately reflecting the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court under the new name. 
Item 375 – Subsections 545(1) and (2) and 546(1) 
970.  Item 375 amends subsections 545(1) and (2) and 546(1), which relate to orders the 
Court can make in the circumstances specified. This item amends subsections by removing 
the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing them with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The item allows these subsections to appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not 
substantively impact on the operation of these subsections. 
Item 376 – Paragraph 548(1)(a) 
971.  Item 376 amends paragraph 548(1)(a), which deals with small claims procedure. This 
item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces it with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively impact on the operation of this section. 
Item 377 – Paragraph 558C(3)(b) 
972.  Item 377 amends paragraph 558C(3)(b) by repealing it and replacing it with ‘the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The paragraph currently enables 
proceedings to be instituted in the Federal Circuit Court and the amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively impact on the operation of this section. 
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Item 378 – Section 560 
973.  Item 378 repeals section 560 and replaces it with a new section. Section 560 currently 
provides a guide to the interpretation of Part 4-2 of the Act, which relates to jurisdiction and 
powers of courts. Item 378 repeals the section and substitutes a new guide which replaces all 
references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The new section does not substantively depart from the existing section, and 
simply makes changes to reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2).  
Item 379 – Paragraphs 563(f), (g) and (h) 
974.  Item 379 amends paragraphs 563(f), (g) and (h). These paragraphs provide that the 
jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court under section 562 is to be exercised in the Fair 
Work Division of the Federal Court if:  
  an appeal is instituted in the Federal Court from a judgment of the Federal Circuit 
Court or a court of a State or Territory in a matter arising under this Act; or  
 
  proceedings in relation to a matter arising under this Act are transferred to the Federal 
Court from the Federal Circuit Court; or  
 
  the Federal Circuit Court or a court of a State or Territory states a case or reserves a 
question for the consideration of the Federal Court in a matter arising under this Act.  
This item removes all references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendments appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of the paragraphs. 
Item 380 – Division 3 of Part 4-2 of Chapter 4 (heading) 
975.  Item 380 amends the heading to Division 3 of Part 4-2 of Chapter 4. Item 380 replaces 
the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Division 3 — Jurisdiction and powers of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item 381 – Section 566 (heading) 
976.  Item 381 amends the heading to section 566. Item 355 replaces the reference to 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
The heading will now read ‘Conferring jurisdiction on the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item 382 – Section 566 
977.  Item 382 amends section 566. Section 566 provides that jurisdiction is conferred on 
the Federal Circuit Court in relation to any civil matter arising under this Act. This item 
removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the continuation of the 
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Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not substantively alter the operation 
of this section.  
Item 383 – Section 567 (heading) 
978.  Item 383 amends the heading to section 567 by removing the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ and replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Exercising jurisdiction in the Fair Work Division 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 384 – Section 567 
979.  Item 384 amends section 567. Section 567 provides the circumstances for when 
jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the 
Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court. This item omits the words ‘Federal Circuit 
Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit 
Court’ from the section and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Court’. Reference to ‘the Court’ means the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not 
substantively alter the operation of this section. 
Item 385 – Paragraph 567(a) 
980.  Item 385 amends paragraph 567(a), which provides that jurisdiction conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Circuit Court if an application is made to the Federal Circuit Court under the Act. 
This item amends this section by removing the words ‘Federal Circuit’. This amendment 
flows from the amendments made in the item above, and reference to ‘the Court’ in 
paragraph (a) means the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not substantively alter the operation 
of the paragraph. 
Item 386 – Paragraph 567(b) 
981.  Item 386 amends paragraph 567(b), which provides that jurisdiction conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Circuit Court if an injunction is sought under section 15 of the Federal Circuit Court 
Act in relation to a matter arising under this Act. This item omits the words ‘section 15 of the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ and replaces them with ‘section 140 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019
’. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and updates 
the legislative reference to the correct section of the FCFC Bill. The amendment does not 
substantively alter the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 387 – Paragraph 567(c) 
982.  Item 387 amends paragraph 567(c), which provides that jurisdiction conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Circuit Court if a declaration is sought under section 16 of the Federal Circuit Court 
Act in relation to a matter arising under the Act. Item 361 omits the words ‘section 16 of the 
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Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ and replaces them with ‘section 141 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’.
 The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and updates 
the legislative reference to the correct section of the FCFC Bill. The amendment does not 
substantively alter the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 388 – Paragraph 567(d) 
983.  Item 388 amends paragraph 567(d), which provides that jurisdiction conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Circuit Court if proceedings in relation to a matter arising under the Act are 
transferred to the Federal Circuit Court from the Federal Court. This item omits the words 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the ongoing operation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not substantively alter the operation of this section. 
Item 389 – Paragraph 567(e) 
984.  Item 389 amends paragraph 567(e), which provides that jurisdiction conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court under section 566 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Circuit Court if the High Court remits a matter arising under this Act to the Federal 
Circuit Court. This item omits the words ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the 
ongoing operation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not 
substantively alter the operation of this section. 
Item 390 – Section 568 
985.  Item 390 repeals section 568 and replaces it with a new section. The heading of 
section 568 provides there is no limitation on Federal Circuit Court’s powers. The body of the 
section provides that ‘to avoid doubt, nothing in this Act limits the Federal Circuit Court’s 
powers under section 14, 15 or 16 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’. This 
item repeals this section and substitutes it with a new section. The new heading to the new 
section provides there is ‘No limitation on powers of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The body of the section provides ‘to avoid doubt, nothing in this Act 
limits the powers of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) under 
section 139, 140 or 141 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. This 
amendment reflects the updated nomenclature and provides the legislative reference to the 
correct clauses of the FCFC Bill. The amendment does not substantively depart from the 
operation of the existing section. 
Item 391 – Paragraph 576(2)(ca) 
986.  Item 391 repeals paragraph 576(2)(ca) and substitutes it with a new paragraph. The 
new paragraph 576(2)(ca) provides that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has the following 
functions: mediating any proceedings, part of proceedings or matter arising out of any 
proceedings that, under section 53A of the Federal Court Act or clause 169 of FCFC Bill, 
have been referred by the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court or FCFC (Division 2) to 
the FWC for mediation. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and provides the legislative reference to the 
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correct section of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019. The new 
paragraph does not substantively depart from the operation of the existing paragraph. 
Item 392 – Subsections 627(1A) and (2A) 
987.  Item 392 amends subsections 627(1A) and (2A). Section 627 relates to the 
qualifications for appointment of FWC members. Subsection 627(1A) currently provides that 
paragraph 627(1)(a) does not apply to a person who is a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. 
Subsection 627(2A) provides that subparagraph 627(2)(a)(i) does not apply to a person who 
is a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. This item omits the references to the ‘Federal Circuit 
Court’ in both subsections and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Item 392 does not substantively impact on the current operation of 
these subsections — it reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as 
Judges of the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 393 – Subsection 641B(2) (table item 4, column 2)  
988.  Item 393 amends a table in subsection 641B(2), which provides for modified 
application of the Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 
2012. 
This item removes the reference to ‘Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment reflects the ongoing operation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and 
the ongoing operation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of this section. 
Item 394 – Section 653A (heading) 
989.  Item 394 amends the heading to section 653A. This item removes the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Arrangements with the Federal Court and the 
Federal Circuit and Family Law Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 395 – Section 653A 
990.  Item 394 amends section 653A, which provides that the General Manager may make a 
written arrangement with the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for the FWC to 
provide administrative support to the Fair Work Division of the Court. This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family court 
of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact the 
operation of the section.  
Item 396 – Subsection 715(6) 
991.  Item 396 amends subsection 715(6), which provides that if the Fair Work 
Ombudsman considers that the person who gave the undertaking (as provided for in 
subsection 715(2)) has contravened any of its terms, the Fair Work Ombudsman may apply to 
the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or an eligible State or Territory Court for an 
order under subsection (7). Item 369 removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
from the body of the section and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
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Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the operation of 
this section. 
Item 397 – Paragraph 716(3)(e) 
992.  Item 397 amends paragraph 716(3)(e), which provides that the notice (as provided for 
in subsection 716(2)) must explain that the person may apply to the Federal Court, the 
Federal Circuit Court or an eligible State or Territory Court for a review of the notice on 
either or both of the following grounds: (i) the person has not committed a contravention set 
out in the notice; (ii) the notice does not comply with subsection (2) or this subsection. This 
item amends this subsection by removing the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and 
replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the operation of this section. 
Item 398 – Subsection 717(1) 
993.  Item 398 amends subsection 717(1), which provides that a person who has been given 
a notice under section 716 may apply to the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or an 
eligible State or Territory Court for a review of the notice on either or both of the following 
grounds: (a) the person has not committed a contravention set out in the notice; (b) the notice 
does not comply with subsection 716(2) or (3). This item removes the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the operation of this 
section. 
Item 399 –Paragraphs 789CD(3)(b) and 789CE(4)(b) 
994.  Item 399 amends paragraphs 789CD(3)(b) and 789CE(4)(b). Paragraph 789CD(3)(b) 
provides that the proceedings under subsection 789CD(1) may be commenced in the Federal 
Circuit Court. Paragraph 789CE(4)(b) provides that the entity may, in accordance with 
section 789CE, commence proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against the responsible 
person for payment to the entity of the recoverable amount. This item removes the references 
to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact the operation of 
this section. 
 
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009  
Item 400 – Section 6 (definition of Federal Circuit Court
995.  Item 400 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section (6) of the Fair 
Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
. Section 6 provides definitions to assist in 
interpreting the Act. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Where references 
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in the Act are made to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’, the 
title of that Court is provided in full.  
Item 401 – Subsections 337BB(1) and (6) 
996.  Item 401 amends subsections 337BB(1) and (6). Both subsections provide the Federal 
Court or Federal Circuit Court with the power to make orders in specified circumstances. 
This item amends these subsections to remove the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
and replace them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively impact on the operation of this section.  
Item 402 – Section 353A (heading) 
997.  Item 402 amends the heading to section 353A by replacing the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
The heading will now read ‘Representation in proceedings in the Fair Work Division of the 
Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 403 –Subsection 353A(1) 
998.  Item 403 amends subsection 353A(1). Subsection 353A(1) currently provides that 
section 353A applies in relation to a proceeding in the Fair Work Division of the Federal 
Court, or of the Federal Circuit Court, other than a proceeding in relation to an appeal under 
section 565 of the Fair Work Act or a proceeding in relation to an offence against a law of the 
Commonwealth. This item replaces the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
impact on the operation of the subsection. 
 
Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 
Item 404 – Subitem 16(1) of Schedule 16 (table) 
999.  Item 404 amends subitem 16(1) of Schedule 16 of the Fair Work (Transitional 
Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
, which provides a table outlining 
standing, jurisdiction and maximum penalties for the purposes of item 16 of Schedule 16. 
This item removes references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ wherever they occur within the 
table, and substitutes them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
The amendments reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 
2) and do not substantively impact on the operation of the subitem. 
Item 405 – Item 17 of Schedule 16 
1000.  Item 405 amends item 17 of Schedule 16, which provides that the Federal Court and 
the Federal Circuit Court may not make an order under Division 2 of Part 4-1 granting an 
injunction, or an interim injunction, to prevent, stop or remedy the effects of a contravention 
of certain instruments or legislation. This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit 
Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Division 2)’. This 
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amendment reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively impact on the operation of this item. 
Item 406 – Paragraphs 22(f), (g) and (h) of Schedule 17 
1001.  Item 406 amends paragraphs 22(f), (g) and (h) of Schedule 17. Item 22 provides the 
circumstances under which the jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Court under item 21 is to 
be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court. This item removes the 
references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in paragraphs 22(f), (g) and (h) and replaces those 
references with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively impact on the operation of the paragraphs. 
Item 407 – Item 25 of Schedule 17 (heading) 
1002.  Item 407 amends the heading to item 25 of Schedule 17. This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Conferring jurisdiction on the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 408 – Item 25 of Schedule 17 
1003.  Item 408 amends item 25 of Schedule 17. Item 25 of Schedule 17 provides that 
jurisdiction is conferred on the Federal Circuit Court in relation to any civil matter arising 
under the Act or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as it continues to apply because of the 
Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009. This item 
removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the 
operation of this item. 
Item 409 – Heading to item 26 of Schedule 17 
1004.  Item 409 amends the heading to item 26 of Schedule 17. This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Exercising jurisdiction in the 
Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 410 – Item 26 of Schedule 17 
1005.  Item 410 amends item 26 of Schedule 17. Item 26 of Schedule 17 outlines the 
circumstances for when jurisdiction conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is 
to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Circuit Court. This item omits the 
words ‘Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of 
the Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work Division of the 
Court’. Reference to ‘the Court’ means the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
impact on the operation of this section. 
 
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Item 411 – Paragraph 26(a) of Schedule 17 
1006.  Item 411 amends paragraph 26(a) of Schedule 17, which provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court if an application is made to the Federal Circuit Court 
under the Act or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as it continues to apply because of the 
Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009. Following 
the change made by item 410 above, item 411 now amends paragraph 26(a) of Schedule 17 to 
remove the words ‘Federal Circuit’. The new paragraph 26(a) reads ‘an application is made 
to the Court under this Act or the WR Act as it continues to apply because of this Act’. This 
amendment ensures that the correct court is referenced wherever appropriate, to reflect the 
change to the name of the Federal Circuit Court and its ongoing operation as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
Item 412 – Paragraph 26(b) of Schedule 17 
1007.  Item 412 amends paragraph 26(b) of Schedule 17, which provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court if an injunction is sought under section 15 of the 
Federal Circuit Court Act in relation to a matter arising under Fair Work (Transitional 
Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 
or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 
as it continues to apply because of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential 
Amendments) Act 2009
. Item 412 amends paragraph 26(b) to omit the words ‘section 15 of 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ and substitute them with ‘section 140 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and provides 
the legislative reference to the correct clause of the FCFC Bill. The new paragraph does not 
substantively impact on the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 413 – Paragraph 26(c) of Schedule 17 
1008.  Item 413 amends paragraph 26(c) of Schedule 17, which provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court if a declaration is sought under section 16 of the Federal 
Circuit Court Act in relation to a matter arising under Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and 
Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 
or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as it continues to 
apply because of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) 
Act 2009. 
Item 413 amends paragraph 26(c) of Schedule 17 to omit the words ‘section 16 of 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ and substitute them with ‘section 141 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and provides 
the legislative reference to the correct clause of the FCFC Bill. The new paragraph does not 
substantively impact on the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 414 – Paragraph 26(d) of Schedule 17 
1009.  Item 414 amends paragraph 26(d) of Schedule 17, which provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court if proceedings in relation to a matter arising under the 
Act, or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as it continues to apply because of the Fair Work 
(Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009
, are transferred to the 
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Federal Circuit Court from the Federal Court. Item 414 removes the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment ensures that the correct court is referenced wherever 
appropriate, to reflect the change to the name of the Federal Circuit Court and its ongoing 
operation as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 415 – Paragraph 26(e) of Schedule 17 
1010.  Item 415 amends paragraph 26(e) of Schedule 17, which provides that jurisdiction 
conferred on the Federal Circuit Court under item 25 is to be exercised in the Fair Work 
Division of the Federal Circuit Court if the High Court remits a matter arising under the Act 
or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 as it continues to apply because of the Fair Work 
(Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 
to the Federal Circuit 
Court. Item 415 removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment ensures that 
the correct court is referenced wherever appropriate, to reflect the change to the name of the 
Federal Circuit Court and its ongoing operation as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 416 – Item 27 of Schedule 17 
1011.  Item 416 repeals item 27 of Schedule 17 and replaces it with a new item. The heading 
of item 27 of Schedule 27 currently provides ‘No limitation on Federal Circuit Court’s 
powers’. The body of item 27 currently provides ‘to avoid doubt, nothing in this Act limits 
the Federal Circuit Court’s powers under section 14, 15 or 16 of the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia Act 1999
.’ The heading of new item 27 reads ‘No limitation on powers of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The body of new item 27 
provides ‘to avoid doubt, nothing in this Act limits the powers of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2) under section 139, 140 or 141 of the Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia Act 2019
.’ The new item appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and provides the 
legislative reference to the correct clauses of the FCFC Bill. The new item does not 
substantively depart from the operation of the existing item. 
 
Family Court of Western Australia (Orders of Registrars) Act 1997  
Item 417 – Section 11 
1012.  Item 417 amends section 11 of the Family Court of Western Australia (Orders of 
Registrars) Act 
1997. Section 11 currently provides that ‘Nothing in this Act applies to an 
order declared to be invalid by the Full Court of the Family Court before the commencement 
of the corresponding Western Australian Act’. This item clarifies that section 11 relates to the 
Family Court of Australia by replacing ‘Family Court’ with ‘Family Court of Australia’. The 
provision does not need to be amended to replace the reference to the Family Court with the 
FCFC (Division 1) as the section relates to orders declared to be invalid by the Full Court of 
the Family Court before the commencement of the relevant Western Australian legislation. 
 
 
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Item 418 – Subsection 12(1) 
1013.  Item 418 amends section 12(1), which currently confers jurisdiction on the Family 
Court and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. This item omits the first occurrence 
of ‘Family Court’ and substitutes it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1)’. This would have the effect of conferring jurisdiction on the FCFC (Division 1) 
and the FCFC (Division 1) for matters arising under the Family Court of Western Australia 
(Orders of Registrars) Act 1997. 

 
Federal Proceedings (Costs) Act 1981 
Item 419 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Family Court
1014.  Item 419 repeals the definition of ‘Family Court’ from section 3(1) of the Federal 
Proceedings (Costs) Act 1981

Item 420– Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (d) of the definition of Federal appeal
1015.  Item 420 omits ‘Family Court’ from paragraph (d) of the definition of ‘Federal 
appeal’ in subsection 3(1). It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family 
Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 421 – Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (fa) of the definition of Federal appeal
1016.  Item 421 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from the definition of ‘Federal appeal’ (fa) in 
subsection 3(1). Paragraph (fa) currently provides that ‘federal appeal’ means ‘an appeal to 
the Federal Court from a judgment of the Federal Circuit Court’. This item instead substitutes 
provision that a ‘federal appeal’ will includes an appeal to the Federal Court from a judgment 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 422 – Subsection 3(1) (subparagraph (ga)(ii) of the definition of Federal appeal
1017.  Item 422 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from subparagraph (ga)(ii) of the definition of 
‘Federal appeal’ in subsection 3(1). It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2). This amendment appropriately reflects the creation of the FCFC. 
Item 423 – Subsection 3(1) (paragraphs (j) to (k) of the definition of Federal appeal
1018.  Item 423 repeals paragraphs (j) to (k) of the definition of ‘Federal appeal’ in 
subsection 3(1). Currently, those paragraphs provide that a federal appeal is: an appeal to the 
Full Court of the Family Court from a judgment of the Family Court constituted otherwise 
than as a Full Court (paragraph (j)); an appeal to the Family Court from a judgment of the 
Federal Circuit Court (paragraph (ja)); and an appeal to the Family Court from a judgment of 
a court of a State, a court of an internal Territory (including the Northern Territory) or a court 
of Norfolk Island (paragraph (k)).  
1019.  Item 423 instead substitutes the following definition of ‘Federal appeal’ into new 
paragraphs ‘(j):an appeal to the Full Court of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1) from a judgment of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
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(Division 1) constituted by a single Judge; or (ja) an appeal to the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1) from a judgment of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2); or (k) an appeal to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 1) from a judgment of a court of a State, a court of an internal Territory (including 
the Northern Territory) or a court of Norfolk Island. This amendment reflects the fact that, as 
a result of the creation of the FCFC (Division 1) in the Federal Court, the FCFC will only 
hear appeals from decisions of courts of summary jurisdiction. 
Item 424 – Subsection 3(1) 
1020.  Item 424 inserts a definition of ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ into 
subsection 3(1) to ensure that a reference to the FCFC is a reference to either the FCFC 
(Division 1) or FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 425 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1021.  Item 425 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from subsection 3(1). 
Item 426 – Subsection 10(1) 
1022.  Item 426 omits the reference to the ‘Family Court, the Federal Circuit Court’ from 
subsection 10(1) and instead substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’. 
The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2), respectively. 
Item 427 – Schedule (table item dealing with the Family Court) 
1023.  Item 427 repeals the table item dealing with the Family Court in the schedule. The 
schedule sets out the prescribed maximum amount for a payment under the Act. Item 427 
retains the amount listed for the Family Court (being $2000) when substituting in a reference 
to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ into the table. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2), respectively. 
 
Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975  
Item 428 – Paragraph 99(3)(b) 
1024.  Item 428 amends paragraph 99(3)(b) of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 
1975
. For the purposes of Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014, 
subsection 99(3) of the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 prescribes the relevant 
courts in relation to the civil penalty provisions contained in the Foreign Acquisitions and 
Takeovers Act 1975
. Existing paragraph 99(3)(b) prescribes the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia. This item repeals this paragraph and replaces it with new paragraph (b) which 
prescribes the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 2). This amendment reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
 
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Item 429 – Subsection 132(1) 
1025.  Item 429 amends section 132, which relates to the powers of the courts to enforce the 
Treasurer’s orders. Currently, subsection 132(1) provides that, subject to the criteria in the 
subsection, the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or the Supreme Court of a State or 
Territory may make orders. This item amends section 132 to replace the reference to the 
Federal Circuit Court with the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Foreign Evidence Act 1994  
Item 430 – Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of superior court
1026.  Item 430 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ from paragraph (b) of the definition of 
‘superior court’ in subsection (3)(1) of the Foreign Evidence Act 1994. It instead substitutes 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. Under the new court structure, 
the FCFC (Division 1) will continue to be a superior court of record. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the 
continuation of the Court as a superior court. 
Item 431 – Division 2 of Part 2 (heading) 
1027.  Item 431 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from the heading of Division 2 of 
Part 2, which relates to the examination of witnesses abroad. It instead substitutes ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 432 – Section 9A (heading) 
1028.  Item 432 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from the heading of section 9A, which relates 
to orders for taking evidence abroad. It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 433 – Subsection 9A(1) 
1029.  Item 433 repeals subsection 9A(1) which relates to orders for taking evidence abroad 
in child support or family law matters. It instead substitutes a new subsection that has 
replaced references to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 1)’, and references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ 
with the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This new subsection 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 434 – Subsection 9A(2) 
1030.  Item 434 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from subsection 9A(2) which 
relates to orders for taking evidence abroad in matters other than child support or family law 
matters. It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
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This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 435 – Paragraph 11(1)(a) 
1031.  Item 435 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ from paragraph 11(1)(a) which relates to 
orders for taking evidence abroad in family law matters. It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 436 – Subsection 11(2) (paragraph (a) of the definition of appropriate court)  
1032.  Item 436 omits ‘Family Court of Australia’ from the definition of ‘appropriate court’ 
in subsection 11(2) which relates to orders for taking evidence abroad in family law matters. 
It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1). 
Item 437 – Subsection 12(1) 
1033.  Item 437 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from subsection 12(1) which 
relates to the use of evidence taken in an examination. It instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 438 – Paragraph 12(2)(a) 
1034.  Item 438 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s satisfaction or the inferior court’s 
satisfaction’ from paragraph 12(2)(a) which relates to the use of evidence taken in an 
examination. It instead substitutes ‘satisfaction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) or the inferior court’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 439 – Subsection 15(1) 
1035.  Item 439 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from subsection 15(1). 
Subsection 15(1) relates to a court’s power to exclude evidence obtained under Part 2 from 
the proceeding, even if it is otherwise permissible. Part 2 relates to the examination of 
witnesses abroad. This item instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Freedom of Information Act 1982  
Item 440 – Subsection 5(1B) (heading)  
1036.  Item 440 omits ‘Family Court Judges’ from the heading to subsection 5(1B) of the 
Freedom of Information Act 1982. Subsection 5(1B) provides that the Freedom of 
Information Act 1982 
does not apply to any request for access to a document of a court (other 
than a court of Norfolk Island) exercising powers or performing functions under 
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paragraph 21B(1A)(c) and subclause 21B(1B) of the Family Law Actor assisting in 
exercising those powers or performing those functions. This item instead substitutes ‘Judges 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 441 – Paragraph 5(1B)(a) 
1037.  Item 441 repeals paragraph 5(1B)(a). Subsection 5(1B)(a) provides that the Freedom 
of Information Act 1982 
does not apply to any request for access to a document of a court 
(other than a court of Norfolk Island) exercising powers or performing functions under 
paragraph 21B(1A)(c) and subclause 21B(1B) of the Family Law Act. This item substitutes 
new paragraphs under the FCFC Bill so that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 does not 
apply to any request for access to a document of a court (other than a court of Norfolk Island) 
exercising powers or performing functions under paragraph 47(2)(d) and subclause 48(1) of 
the FCFC Bill. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as 
the FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 442 – Subsection 5(1C) (heading) 
1038.  Item 442 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ from the heading to 
subsection 5(1C) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Subsection 5(1C) provides that the 
Bill does not apply to any request for access to a document of a court (other than a court of 
Norfolk Island) that relates to complaint handler (or a body consisting of complaint handlers) 
exercising powers or performing functions under paragraph 12(3)(c) and subclause 12(3AA) 
of the Federal Magistrates Act 1999 or assisting in exercising those powers or performing 
those functions. This item instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 443 – Paragraph 5(1C)(a) 
1039.  Item 443 repeals paragraph 5(1C)(a). Subsection 5(1C)(a) provides that the Bill does 
not apply to any request for access to a document of a court (other than a court of Norfolk 
Island) that relates to complaint handler (or a body consisting of complaint handlers) 
exercising powers or performing functions under paragraph 12(3)(c) and subclause 12(3AA) 
of the Federal Magistrates Act 1999. This item instead substitutes new paragraphs under the 
FCFC Bill so that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 does not apply to any request for 
access to a document of a court (other than a court of Norfolk Island) that relates to complaint 
handler (or a body consisting of complaint handlers) exercising powers or performing 
functions under paragraph 144(2)(d) and subclause 145(1) of the FCFC Bill. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 444 – Subsections 64(7) and (8) and 67(4) and (5) 
1040.  Item 444 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ (wherever occurring) from 
subsections 64(7) and (8) (which relates to the production of documents) and 67(4) and (5) 
(which currently provides for the automatic stay of an AAT decision to give access to a 
document where an agency or Minister institutes an appeal in the Federal Court against that 
decision.) Item 444 instead substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
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Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 
Item 445 – Section 3 
1041.  Item 445 omits the first two bullet points in section 3 and substitutes it with new text 
that replaces references to the Federal Circuit Court with references to the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2). Section 3 provides a simplified overview of the 
Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018. The substantive operation of the 
exiting section is not changed by the new section only references to the names of the courts.  
Item 446 – Section 4 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
1042.  Item 446 repeals the definition of the Federal Circuit Court which currently means the 
‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. This amendment reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court in the Federal Circuit and where reference is made to the Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2), that reference is made in full.  
Item 447 – Section 8  
1043.  Item 447 repeals section 8 and replaces section 8 with new text which replace 
references to the Federal Circuit Court with references to the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2). Section 8 provides a simplified outline of part 2 of the 
Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018. This amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively impact on the operation of the section.  
Item 448 – Subsection 9(1) and (2) 
1044.  Item 448 omits references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’, substitutes references to 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subsection 9(1) and (2) provide 
a mechanism for the courts to grant injunctions as a corrective measure to ensure that the 
procuring entity complies with the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules. These 
amendments appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively impact on the operation of the subsections. 
Item 449 - Paragraph 10(1)(a)  
1045.  Item 449 omits references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes references to 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 10 provides for the 
balance of interests being in favour of compensatory remedies rather than disruption to the 
procurement process where a public interest certificate is issued. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively impact on operation of the paragraph. 
Item 450 – Sections 11 and 14 
1046.  Item 450 omits references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 11 sets out the limitations on the 
courts to grant an injunction in relation to a convention or proposed contravention of the 
Commonwealth procurement Rules and section 14 provides that the injunction powers under 
this Part are additional to, not in replace of any other powers of the courts. These 
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amendments appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively impact on the operation of the sections. 
Item 451 – Section 15 
1047.  Item 451 repeals section 15 and replaces section 15 with new text which replace 
references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with references to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 16 provides a simplified outline for Part 3. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively impact on the operation of the sections. 
Item 452 – Section 16 
1048.  Item 452 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes this with a reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 16 provides the courts 
with the authority to order the payment of compensation as a remedy to a valid supplier 
procurement complaint. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively impact on the 
operation of the section. 
 
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and Other Matters) Act 
2018  

Item 453 – Paragraph 10(2)(b) of Schedule 2 
1049.  Item 453 replaces a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 10(2)(b) of 
Schedule 2 of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and 
Other Matters) Act 2019
. Section 10 provides that if the Commonwealth and a person do not 
agree to the amount of compensation payable by the Commonwealth, the person may institute 
proceedings for recovery in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively affect the operation of the paragraph. 
 
Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012  
Item 454 – Section 5 (paragraph (b) of the definition of issuing officer
1050.  Item 454 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ in section 5 of the 
Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012. Paragraph (b) provides that an 
issuing officer means ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. Item 454 instead 
substitutes ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
 
 
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Item 455 – Section 5 (paragraph (aa) of the definition of relevant court) 
1051.  Item 455 repeals paragraph (aa) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in section 5. 
Paragraph (aa) will be inserted by Schedule 7 of the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation 
Reform) Act 2017
, which will commence before the commencement day. Item 455 instead 
substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010  
Item 456 – Paragraphs 31C(3)(b), 31D(3)(b) and 31E(3)(b) 
1052.  Item 456 repeals paragraphs 31C(3)(b), 31D(3)(b) and 31E(3)(b) of the Healthcare 
Identifiers Act 2010
. For the purposes of civil penalty provisions (section 31C), enforceable 
undertakings (section 31D) and injunctions (section 31E), those paragraphs provide that a 
relevant court is the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Item 456 instead substitutes ‘the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Higher Education Support Act 2003 
Item 457 – Subclause 1(1) of Schedule 1 (paragraph (b) of the definition of applicable 
court
) 
1053.  Item 457 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘applicable court’ in subclause 1(1) 
of Schedule 1 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and replaces it with new paragraph 
(b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Subclause 1(1) of Schedule 1 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph 
(b) of the definition of ‘applicable court’ currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court is 
an applicable court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not affect the meaning of ‘applicable court’ 
in subclause 1(1). 
Item 458 – Subclause 1(1) of Schedule 1 (paragraph (c) of the definition of judicial 
officer
) 
1054.  Item 458 repeals paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘judicial officer’ of subclause 1(1) 
of Schedule 1 and replaces it with new paragraph (c), which refers to ‘a Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subclause 1(1) of Schedule 1 provides 
definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph (c) of the definition of ‘judicial officer’ 
currently provides that judicial officer means a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
 
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Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Act 2011 
Item 459 – Paragraph 13(11)(b) 
1055.  Item 459 repeals paragraph 13(11)(b) of the Horse Disease Response Levy Collection 
Act 2011
 and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 13(11)(b) is to be inserted by Schedule 8 
to the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017, and provides that the Federal 
Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to the levy law and to the information mentioned 
in subsection 13(2) for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation 
Provisions) Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively affect the operation of 
paragraph 13(11)(b). 
Item 460 – Subsection 19(2) 
1056.  Item 453 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 19(2). Section 19 is to be inserted 
by Schedule 8 to the Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017, and provides for 
Commonwealth compensation for acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on 
just terms. Subsection 19(2) currently provides that if the Commonwealth and the person do 
not agree on the amount of compensation, the person may institute proceedings in the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively affect the 
operation of subsection 19(2). 
 
Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2017 
Item 461 – Subitem 58(9) of Schedule 2 
1057.  Item 461 updates the reference to ‘or the Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘, the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ 
in subitem 58(9) of Schedule 2 of the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2017
Schedule 2 provides for amendment of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. 
Subitem 58(9) of Schedule 2 currently provides that certain amendments in relation to an 
application made to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under section 46PO of the 
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 will apply if the relevant complaint was 
lodged after the commencement of item 58. The amendment includes both the Federal Circuit 
Court and the FCFC (Division 2) to ensure all applications are captured. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 
Item 462 – Paragraph 21(5)(c) 
1058.  Item 462 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 21(5)(c) of the 
Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012. Paragraph 21(5)(c) currently provides that a Judge of 
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the Federal Circuit Court or a Judge of the Federal Court who has consented to act as an 
issuing officer for the purposes of the Act is an issuing officer in relation to the provisions 
mentioned in subsection 21(1) and the information mentioned in subsection 21(2) for the 
purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as 
Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not affect the operation of paragraph 21(5)(c). 
Item 463 – Paragraph 21(9)(b) 
1059.  Item 463 repeals paragraph 21(9)(b) and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which 
refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 21(9)(b) 
currently provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to the 
provisions mentioned in subsection 21(1) and the information mentioned in subsection 21(2) 
for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not affect the operation of paragraph 21(9)(b). 
Item 464 – Paragraph 22(4)(c) 
1060.  Item 464 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 22(4)(c). 
Paragraph 22(4)(c) currently provides that Judge of the Federal Circuit Court or a Judge of 
the Federal Court who has consented to act as an issuing officer for the purposes of the Act is 
an issuing officer in relation to evidential material that relates to a provision mentioned in 
subsection 22(1) for the purposes of Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) 
Act 2014
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not affect the operation of 
paragraph 22(4)(c). 
Item 465 – Paragraphs 22(8)(b) and 23(3)(b) 
1061.  Item 465 repeals paragraphs 22(8)(b) and 23(3)(b) and replaces them with new 
paragraph which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Paragraphs 22(8)(b) and 23(3)(b) currently provide that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant 
court in relation to the matters specified for the purposes of Parts 3 and 4, respectively of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 22(8)(b) and 23(3)(b). 
 
Imported Food Control Act 1992 
Item 466 – Paragraphs 22(11)(b) and 23(8)(b), 24(3)(b) and 26(3)(b) 
1062.  Item 466 repeals paragraphs 22(11)(b) and 23(8)(b), 24(3)(b) and 26(3)(b) and 
replaces them with new paragraphs which refer to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraphs 22(11)(b) and 23(8)(b), 24(3)(b) and 26(3)(b) currently 
provide that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to monitoring powers in 
relation to the Imported Food Control Act 1992. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
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continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of paragraphs 22(11)(b) and 23(8)(b), 24(3)(b) and 26(3)(b). 
 
Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 
Item 467 – Subsection 126-15(2) (example) 
1063.  Item 467 updates the reference to ‘The Family Court’ to ‘A court’ in the example to 
subsection 126-15(2) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Section 126-15 deals with a 
capital gains tax (CGT) event involving a company or a trustee. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the fact that the reference to the Family Court is no longer relevant, as 
the Family Court will continue in existence as the FCFC (Division 1), and that other courts 
can make such orders. The amendment does not alter the intent of the example to subsection 
126-15(2). 
 
Independent Contractors Act 2006 
Item 468 – Section 4 (definition of Court) 
1064.  Item 468 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 4 of the Independent 
Contractors Act 2006
. Section 4 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. 
Currently, the definition of ‘Court’ means ‘the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively affect the meaning 
of the definition of ‘Court’ in section 4. 
Item 469 – Subsection 12(1) (note) 
1065.  Item 469 repeals the note to subsection 12(1) and replaces it with a new note to 
subsection 12(1). Subsection 12(1) provides that an application may be made to a Court to 
review
 a services contract. The note currently provides legislative references for transferring 
proceedings from the Federal Circuit Court to the Federal Court. The new note appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and refers to 
the correct provisions for the transferring of matters from the FCFC (Division 2) to the 
Federal Court (including new section 32AC of the Federal Court Act, which allows the 
Federal Court to transfer a matter pending in the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court on 
its own motion or on the application of a party to the proceedings). 
Item 470 – Section 15 (note) 
1066.  Item 470 updates the reference to ‘Part 4 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 
1999
’ to be ‘Part 5 of Chapter 4 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 
2019
’ in the note to section 15. Section 15 provides for the powers of the Court in reviewing 
a services contract. The note to section 15 currently provides legislative references to 
alternative dispute resolution methods. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and updates the legislative 
reference to the correct part of the FCFC Bill. 
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Item 471 – Section 16 (note 2) 
1067.  Item 471 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in note 2 to section 16. 
Section 16 provides for the orders that a Court may make in relation to a services contract. 
Note 2 to section 16 currently provides the legislative reference for appeals to the Federal 
Court from judgments of the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Industrial Chemicals Act 2019  
Item 472 – Section 9 (paragraph (c) of the definition of issuing officer
1068.  Item 472 omits a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and substitutes 
it for a reference of ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 9 
provides a definition for issuing officer and paragraph (c) provides that if a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia or a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia has consented 
to act as an issuing officer for the purposes of this Act and that consent is in force then they 
are considered an issuing officer. This amendment will update references to the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia to the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 473 – Section 9 (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court
1069.  Item 473 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court and substitutes the 
text with ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2); or’. Section 9 
provides the definition of relevant court. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
impact on the operation of the section. 
 
Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 
Item 474– Paragraphs 83(3)(b), 85(9)(b) and 86(8)(b) 
1070.  Item 474 repeals paragraphs 83(3)(b), 85(9)(b) and 86(8)(b) of the Industrial 
Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989
 and replaces them with new paragraphs 
(b), which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Paragraphs 83(3)(b), 85(9)(b) and 86(8)(b) are to be inserted by Schedule 5 to the Regulatory 
Powers (Standardisation Reform) Act 2017, and currently provide that the Federal Circuit 
Court is a relevant court in relation to the matters specified for the purposes of Parts 7, 2 and 
3, respectively of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 83(3)(b), 85(9)(b) and 86(8)(b). 
 
 
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Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Act 2019  
Item 475 – paragraph 33(3)(b) 
1071.  Item 475 repeals the paragraph and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 33(3) provides that, for the purposes of Part 4 of the 
Regulatory Powers Act, each of the following will be a relevant court in relation to the civil 
penalty provisions in the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or a court of a State or 
Territory that has jurisdiction in relation to matters arising under the Bill. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Insurance Contracts Act 1984 
Item 476 – Subsection 11(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court
1072.  Item 476 repeals the paragraph and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2); or’. Subsection 11 provides the definition of relevant court. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
 
Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other 
Measures) Act 2018 

Item 477 – Subitem 223(2) of Schedule 2 
1073.  Item 477 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court and substitutes this with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subitem 223(2). Item 223 provides that the 
amendments made by this Part apply to infringements of the Plant Breeders Rights that occur 
on or after the commencement of that Part. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 478 – Subitem 237(2) of Schedule 2 
1074.  Item 478 omits ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2) into subitem 237(2) of Schedule 2. Item 237 provides that the 
amendments in this Part apply to infringement actions where the relevant conduct occurs on or 
after the commencement of that Part. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
Interactive Gambling Act 2001 
Item 479 – Section 4 (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
1075.  Item 479 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 4 of the 
Interactive Gambling Act 2001. Section 4 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the 
Act. Currently, the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ is defined as being the ‘Federal Circuit Court of 
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Australia’. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued 
as the FCFC (Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), 
the reference is provided in full. 
Item 480 – Paragraphs 64B(3)(b) and 64D(3)(b) 
1076.  Item 480 repeals paragraphs 64B(3)(b) and 64D(3)(b) and replaces them with new 
paragraphs (b), which refer to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. Paragraphs 64B(3)(b) and 64D(3)(b) currently provide that the Federal Circuit 
Court is a relevant court in relation to the matters specified for the purposes of Part 4 and Part 
7, respectively of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraphs 64B(3)(b) and 64D(3)(b). 
 
Judges (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 
Item 481 – Title 
1077.  Item 481 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the title of the Judges (Long 
Leave 
Payments) Act 1979. The title now reads ‘An Act to make provision for payments, in 
lieu of long leave, on the retirement or death of certain Judges (other than Justice of the High 
Court and Judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) and persons having the status of 
Judges’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 482 – Section 3 (paragraph (a) of the definition of Judge) 
1078.  Item 482 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ of paragraph (a) of the definition 
of ‘Judge’ in section 3. Section 3 provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. 
Paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘Judge’ currently provides that Judge means ‘a Judge of a 
federal court (other than the High Court or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the definition of ‘Judge’ in 
section 3. 
Item 483 – After section 3A 
1079.  Item 483 inserts new section 3B into the Act. The new section is an avoidance of 
doubt provision, which seeks to clarify that a person may satisfy the definition of ‘Judge’ 
even in circumstances where the person also holds office as a Judge of the FCFC (Division 
2). The provision confirms that a Judge with a dual commission to a federal court (other than 
the High Court) and the FCFC (Division 2) will be a ‘Judge’ for the purposes of the Judges 
(Long Leave Payments) Act 1979

 
 
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Judges’ Pensions Act 1968 
Item 484 – Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of appropriate current 
judicial salary

1080.  Item 484 updates paragraph references in paragraph (a) of the definition of 
‘appropriate current judicial salary’ in subsection 4(1) of the Judges Pensions Act 1968
Subsection 4(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph (a) provides 
that an appropriate current judicial salary in relation to a Judge who has retired or died, 
except for Judges referred to in paragraph (b), (c), (d) or (e), means a salary at the rate that 
would be payable to the Judge if he or she had not retired or died. The new paragraph 
references are to paragraphs (b), (ba), (bb), (c), (da), (db) or (e). The amendment 
appropriately reflects the introduction of paragraphs (ba), (bb), (da) and (dd) by items 485 
and 486.  
Item 485 – Subsection 4(1) (after paragraph (b) of the definition of appropriate current 
judicial salary

1081.  Item 485 inserts paragraphs (ba) and (bb) following paragraph (b) of the definition of 
‘appropriate current judicial salary’ in subsection 4(1). Subsection 4(1) provides definitions 
to assist in interpreting the Act. New paragraph (ba) ties the appropriate current judicial 
salary in relation to a former Chief Justice of the Family Court who has retired or died to the 
salary payable to the Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1). New paragraph (bb) ties the 
appropriate current judicial salary in relation to a former Deputy Chief Justice of the Family 
Court who has retired or died to the salary payable to the Chief Justice of the FCFC 
(Division 1). These additions appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 486 – Subsection 4(1) (after paragraph (d) of the definition of appropriate current 
judicial salary

1082.  Item 486 inserts paragraphs (da) and (db) following paragraph (d) of the definition of 
‘appropriate current judicial salary’ in subsection 4(1). Subsection 4(1) provides definitions 
to assist in interpreting the Act. New paragraph (da) ties the appropriate current judicial 
salary in relation to a former Senior Judge of the Family Court, other than a Chief Justice or 
Deputy Chief Justice, who has retired or died to the salary payable to a Senior Judge of the 
FCFC (Division 1). New paragraph (db) ties the appropriate current judicial salary in relation 
to a former Judge of the Family Court, other than a Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice or 
Senior Judge, who has retired or died to the salary payable to a Judge of the FCFC 
(Division 1). These additions appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1). 
Item 487 – Subsection 4(1) 
1083.  Item 487 inserts a new definition of the ‘Family Court of Australia’ into 
subsection 4(1). Subsection 4(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The 
new definition provides that ‘Family Court of Australia means the federal court known, 
immediately before the commencement of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 2019
as the Family Court of Australia’.  
 
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Item 488 – Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of Judge) 
1084.  Item 489 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph (a) of the definition 
of ‘Judge’ in subsection 4(1). Subsection 4(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the 
Act. Paragraph (a) of the definition of Judge currently provides that ‘a Justice or Judge of a 
federal court (other than the Federal Circuit Court of Australia)’ is a Judge. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of the definition of ‘Judge’ in subsection 4(1). 
Item 489 – Subsection 4(1) (at the end of the definition of Judge) 
1085.  Item 489 inserts a note at the end of the definition of ‘Judge’ in subsection 4(1). The 
note refers to section 5 to assist in determining whether a person is captured by the definition 
of ‘Judge’ in circumstances where a person holds more than one judicial office.  
Item 490 – At the end of section 5 
1086.  Item 490 inserts new subsection (3) in section 5. Section 5 provides for Judges serving 
in more than one judicial office. The new subsection is an avoidance of doubt provision, 
which seeks to clarify that a person may satisfy the definition of ‘Judge’ even in 
circumstances where the person also holds office as a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2). The 
provision confirms that a Judge with a dual commission to a federal court and the FCFC 
(Division 2) will be a ‘Judge’ for the purposes of the Judges’ Pensions Act 1968. 
 
Judicial and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Allowances) Act 1984 
Item 491 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Chief Justice of the 
Family Court of Australia, column 1) 

1087.  Item 491 amends Part 2 of the Schedule of the Judicial and Statutory Officers 
(Remuneration and Allowances) 
Act 1984 by repealing the cell dealing with the ‘Chief 
Justice of the Family Court of Australia’ and substituting with a reference to the ‘Chief 
Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not alter the substantive operation of the provision. 
Item 492 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Deputy Chief Justice of 
the Family Court of Australia, column 1)
 
1088.  Item 492 amends Part 2 of the Schedule by repealing the cell dealing with the ‘Deputy 
Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia’ and substituting with a reference to the 
‘Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and does not alter the substantive operation of the provision. 
Item 493 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Judge assigned to the 
Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia (other than the Chief Justice or the 
Deputy Chief Justice))
 
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1089.  Item 493 amends Part 2 of the Schedule by repealing the item dealing with ‘Judge 
assigned to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia (other than the Chief Justice 
or the Deputy Chief Justice)’. This amendment reflects that Judges will no longer be assigned 
to an Appeal Division of the FCFC (Division 1). While the FCFC (Division 2) retains the 
Family Court’s appellate jurisdiction, it will not have an Appeal Division. 
Item 494 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Senior Judge of the 
Family Court of Australia)
 
1090.  Item 494 amends Part 2 of the Schedule by repealing the cell dealing with ‘Senior 
Judge of the Family Court of Australia’ and substituting with a reference to ‘Senior Judge of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not alter the substantive operation of the provision. 
Item 495 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Any other Judge of the 
Family Court of Australia, column 1)
 
1091.  Item 495 amends Part 2 of the Schedule by repealing the cell dealing with ‘Any other 
Judge of the Family Court of Australia’ and substituting with a reference to ‘Any other Judge 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does 
not alter the substantive operation of the provision. 
Item 496 – Part 2 of the Schedule (cell at table item dealing with Judicial Registrar of 
the Family Court of Australia, column 1)
 
1092.  Item 496 amends Part 2 of the Schedule by repealing the table item dealing with 
‘Judicial Registrar of the Family Court of Australia’. This amendment appropriately reflects 
the discontinuation of the role of Judicial Registrar of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1). 
 
Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012  
Item 497 – Section 4 
1093.  Item 497 amends section 4 of the Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity 
(Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012 
by omitting the current opening paragraph to the 
section and substituting a new paragraph. Section 4 provides an overarching guide to the Act, 
the first paragraph of which provides that under the Act, the Houses of Parliament may each 
pass a resolution, in the same session, establishing a Commission to investigate an allegation 
of misbehaviour of a Commonwealth judicial officer (being a High Court judge, or a judge of 
the Federal Court, the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court.  
1094.  This item inserts a new paragraph which replaces the references to the Family Court 
of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia with references to the FCFC (Division 
1) and the FCFC (Division 2), respectively. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2), and does not change the substantive operation of the provision. 
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Items 498 and 499 – Paragraphs 19(6)(b) and (c) 
1095.  Items 498 and 499 amend paragraphs 19(6)(b) and (c) of the Act, by repealing 
paragraph 16(6)(b), and by omitting the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia 
Act 1999’
 and substituting ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’
Paragraph 19(6)(b) provides that an official investigation under the Act includes an 
investigation into a complaint about a Judge within the meaning of the Family Law Act, and 
paragraph 19(6)(c) provides the equivalent within the meaning of the Federal Circuit Court 
Act . This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1), the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
substantive operation of the provisions. 
 
Judiciary Act 1903 
Item 500 – Paragraph 23(2)(a) 
1096.  Item 500 removes the words ‘the Family Court of Australia’ from paragraph 23(2)(a) 
of the Judiciary Act 1903and substitutes the words the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1). Paragraph 23(2)(a) provides for the situation where Justices of the 
High Court are sitting as a Full Court and are divided in opinion, the decision of superior 
courts or a Judge of such a court will be affirmed. The amendments reflect the continuation 
of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not otherwise substantively impact on 
the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 501 – Paragraph 39B(1EA)(a) 
1097.  Item 501 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit 
Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ in 
paragraph 39B(1EA)(a). See item 505 for further guidance on the definition of the FCFC. 
Subsection 39B(1EA) currently provides for the jurisdiction of the courts mentioned in 
paragraphs 39B(1EA)(c) and (d) in relation to an appeal specified in paragraphs 39B(1EA)(a) 
and (b). The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 502 – Paragraph 39B(1EA)(b) 
1098.  Item 502 substitutes the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ in paragraph 39B(1EA)(b). See item 505 for further 
guidance on the definition of the FCFC. Subsection 39B(1EA) provides for the jurisdiction of 
the courts mentioned in paragraphs 39B(1EA)(c) and (d) in relation to an appeal specified in 
paragraphs 39B(1EA)(a) and (b). The amendment reflects the new federal court appeal 
structure which allows both the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2) to hear appeals 
arising from family law proceedings in a court of summary jurisdiction under sections 25 and 
102 of the FCFC.  
Item 503 – Subparagraphs 39B(1EA)(d)(i) and (ii) 
1099.  Item 503 repeals subparagraphs 39B(1EA)(d)(i) and (ii) and substitutes them with 
new subparagraphs. New subparagraph 39B(1EA)(d)(i) updates the reference to the ‘Family 
Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ and 
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new subparagraph 39B(1EA)(d)(ii) updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively 
alter the operation of subparagraphs 39B(1EA)(d)(i) and (ii). 
Item 504 – Subsection 39B(2) 
1100.  Item 504 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court of Australia’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 39B(2). Subsection 39B(2) 
currently provides that references to an officer or officers of the Commonwealth under 
subsections 39B(1), (1B), (1C) and (1D) do not include references to a Judge or Judges of the 
Family Court of Australia. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 39B(2). 
Item 505 – Subsection 39B(3) 
1101.  Item 505 inserts a definition of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ 
into subsection 39B(3). Subsection 39B(3) provides definitions to assist in interpreting 
section 39B. The new definition provides that the FCFC means the FCFC (Division 1) or the 
FCFC (Division 2). A reference to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’ 
throughout the Act is to be taken to refer to either the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC 
(Division 2) or both. The definition assists in interpreting the reference to the FCFC 
throughout section 39B. 
 
Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-vesting) Act 
Item 506 – Paragraph (b) of the Preamble 
1102.  Item 506 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph (b) of the Preamble of the Jurisdiction 
of Courts (Cross-vesting) Act 1987
. The preamble describes the purpose of the Act and 
paragraph (b) lists the courts to which the Act applies. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not alter the intent of 
the preamble. 
Item 507 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Family Court) 
1103.  Item 507 repeals the definition of the ‘Family Court’ in subsection 3(1). Subsection 
3(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. The definition currently provides 
that ‘Family Court means the Family Court of Australia’. The definition is no longer required 
as the Family Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 1). Where references in the Act 
are made to the FCFC (Division 1), the reference is provided in full.  
Items 508 and 509 – Paragraphs 4(1)(a) and (2)(b) and subsection 4(3) 
1104.  Items 508 and 509 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in section 4. Section 4 invests or confers additional 
jurisdiction on certain courts. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
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Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
paragraphs 4(1)(a) and (2)(b), and subsection 4(3). 
Items 510 to 513 – Subparagraph 5(1)(b)(i), subparagraphs 5(1)(b)(ii) and (iii), 
subsection 5(1) and paragraphs 5(4)(a) and (5)(a)
 
1105.  Items 510 to 513 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in section 5. Section 5 provides for transfers of 
proceedings. Subsection 5(1) currently provides for transfers of proceedings from a Supreme 
Court of a State or Territory to the Federal Court or the Family Court. Subsection 5(4) 
provides for transfers of proceedings from the Federal Court or the Family Court to the 
Supreme Court of a State or Territory. Subsection 5(5) provides for transfers of proceedings 
between the Federal Court and the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflect the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of subparagraphs 5(1)(b)(i), (ii) and (iii), subsection 5(1) and paragraphs 5(4)(a) 
and (5)(a). 
Item 514 – Paragraph 6(2)(b) 
1106.  Item 514 updates the first occurring reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 6(2)(b). Section 6 provides 
that proceedings or part of proceedings which involve a special federal matter must be 
transferred in whole or in part to an appropriate federal or State family court. Paragraph 
6(2)(b) currently provides that if a matter for determination in the proceeding is a matter 
under section 60G of the Family Law Act being heard in a court other than the Family Court 
of Western Australia or the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, and the Court orders 
that a proceeding or part of proceedings be transferred, the proceeding or part thereof must be 
transferred to the Family Court, the Family Court of Western Australia or the Supreme Court 
of the Northern Territory as appropriate. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter 
the operation of paragraph 6(2)(b).  
Items 515 and 516 – Subsection 6A(2), and subsection 6A(3) 
1107.  Items 515 and 516 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in section 6A. Section 6A provides that in limited, 
specified circumstances, State and Territory Supreme Courts are not obliged to transfer a 
special federal matter to the Federal Court, as would ordinarily be the case under section 6. In 
appropriate cases, the Federal Court is able to transfer such matters to State and Territory 
Supreme Courts. Subsection 6A(2) currently provides that the Federal Court or the Family 
Court may transfer matters to the Supreme Court of a State if there is a related proceedings 
currently before the Supreme Court. Subsection 6A(3) provides that if a federal matter 
proceeding is pending in the Supreme Court of a State and the State matter proceeding is 
pending in any court of that State, the Supreme Court is not required to transfer the federal 
matter to the Federal Court or the Family Court, but it may do so if it is appropriate. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 6A(2) and (3). 
 
 
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Item 517 – Subsection 7(1) 
1108.  Item 517 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 7(1). Subsection 7(1) currently provides 
that a decision of a single judge of the Federal Court or Family Court cannot be appealed to 
the Full Court of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 7(1). 
Item 518 – Subsection 7(2) 
1109.  Item 518 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 7(2). Subsection 7(2) currently provides 
that appeals from decisions of the Federal Court or the Family Court shall not be heard by the 
other of those courts. The amendments reflect the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1), and appropriately reflect the continued arrangements that decisions of the 
Federal Court and FCFC (Division 1) cannot be not heard by the other of those courts.  
Items 519 and 520 – Paragraph 7(5)(a) and subsection 7(7) 
1110.  Items 519 and 520 update references to ‘of the Family Court’ to be ‘of the FCFC 
(Division 1)’ in subsections 7(5) and (7). Paragraph 7(5)(a) currently provides for an appeal 
from a decision of a single judge of a Supreme Court of a State or Territory in relation to a 
matter arising under an Act listed in the Schedule to be heard by the Full Court of the Federal 
Court or the Family Court. Subsection 7(7) provides for the situation when the Full Court of a 
Supreme Court of a State or Territory starts hearing an appeal and then transfers it to the Full 
Court of the Federal Court or the Family Court. The amendments appropriately reflect 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraph 7(5)(a) or subsection 7(7).  
Item 521 – Subparagraph 8(1)(b)(i) 
1111.  Item 521 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subparagraph 8(1)(b)(i). Section 8 currently allows 
the Supreme Court of a Territory to transfer a matter from another court or tribunal of that 
Territory to the Supreme Court if that matter arises out of or is related to another proceeding 
pending in the Federal Court, the Family Court, or the Supreme Court of a State or another 
Territory. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subparagraph 8(1)(b)(i).  
Item 522 – Subsection 9(3) 
1112.  Item 522 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 9(3). Section 9 provides that the Act 
does not override or limit the operation of a State law relating to cross-vesting of jurisdiction. 
Subsection 9(3) currently provides that the Federal Court or the Family Court may exercise 
jurisdiction conferred on the Court by the Act or by a law of the Australian Capital Territory 
or the Northern Territory relating to cross-vesting of jurisdiction, and hear and determine a 
proceeding transferred to the Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of 
subsection 9(3). 
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Item 523 – Paragraph 10(a) 
1113.  Item 523 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in paragraph 10(a). Section 10 currently deals with 
the transfer of certain matters arising under the Australian Consumer Law from the Federal 
Court, the Family Court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory to a court of a State or 
Territory other than the Supreme Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter 
the operation of paragraph 10(a). 
Item 524 – Subsection 11(2) 
1114.  Item 524 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 11(2). Section 11 provides for the 
conduct of proceedings in matters transferred under the Act or by a State law relating to 
cross-vesting of jurisdiction. Subsection 11(2) currently provides that, in relation to the 
Federal Court or Family Court, a reference to the State or Territory in which any matter for 
determination in the proceeding was first commenced in or transferred to that court. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 
1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 11(2).
Items 525 and 526 – Subsection 14(1) and subsection 14(3) 
1115.  Items 525 and 526 update references to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in section 14. Section 14 currently provides for the 
enforcement and effect of a judgment of the Federal Court, the Family Court or the Supreme 
Court of a Territory when exercising jurisdiction conferred by a law or laws relating to cross-
vesting of jurisdiction in a Territory. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation 
of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subsections 14(1) and (3). 
Item 527 – Subsection 16(4) 
1116.  Item 527 updates the reference to the ‘Family Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 1)’ in subsection 16(4). Section 16 provides for the 
suspension or cessation of the operation of the Act by the Governor-General. Subsection 
16(4) currently provides that the Governor-General may declare that the Act ceases to be in 
force when satisfied that State Acts relating to cross-vesting of jurisdiction are not effective 
to confer jurisdiction of the Supreme Courts of the States on the Federal Court or the Family 
Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 16(4). 
Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006  
Item 528 – Subsection 5(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1117.  Item 528 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 5(1) of the 
Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006. The definition provides that the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ means the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The definition is no longer 
required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
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of Australia (Division 2)’. Where references in the Act are made to the ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ the title of that Court is provided in full.  
Item 529 – Subparagraph 5(1) (subparagraph (a)(ia) of the definition of issuing officer) 
1118.  Item 529 amends subparagraph (a)(ia) of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ in 
section 5(1) of the Act. Paragraph (a)(ia) currently provides that an issuing officer (in relation 
to an investigation warrant) means a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia sitting in 
Chambers. The item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and 
replaces it with a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the nomenclature changes associated with the new 
court structure and the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the 
FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 530 – Paragraph 96AD(2)(b) 
1119.  Item 530 amends paragraph 96AD(2)(b) of the Act, which deals with the Court’s 
powers to order disclosure and to ensure a fair trial. Paragraph 96AD(2)(b) provides that 
subsection 96AD(1) applies to a federal court (other than the Family Court of Australia) or a 
court of a State or Territory in circumstances other than where the witness has been charged 
with a related offence before a federal court or a court of a State or Territory (in which case 
96AD(1) applies to that court). The item omits the reference to the Family Court of Australia 
and replaces it with a reference to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
1). The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court as the FCFC 
(Division 1) and does not substantively alter the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 531 – Subsection 103(1) (note 2) 
1120.  Item 531 amends note 2 of subsection 103(1), which outlines that a person may apply 
for assistance in respect of an application to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 for an order of review in 
respect of a matter arising under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006. The 
item removes the reference to the Federal Circuit Court in note 2 and replaces it with a 
reference to the FCFC (Division 2). This amendment reflects the nomenclature changes 
associated with the new court structure and does not change the intent of the note. 
Item 532 – Subsection 103(2) (note) 
1121.  Item 532 amends the note at subsection 103(2), which provides that a person may 
apply for assistance in respect of an application to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 for an order of review 
in respect of a matter arising under this Act. This item removes the reference to the Federal 
Circuit Court in note 2 and replaces it with a reference to the FCFC (Division 2). This 
amendment reflects the nomenclature changes associated with the new court structure and 
does not change the intent of the note. 
Item 533 – Paragraph 109(7)(b) 
1122.  Item 533 repeals paragraph 109(7)(b) and replaces it with a new paragraph. Section 
109 deals with the circumstances in which a search warrant may be issued. Subsection 
109(7)(b) provides that subsections 109(5) and (6) do not apply if the issuing officer is a 
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Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. New paragraph (b) provides that subsections 
109(5) and (6) do not apply if the issuing officer is a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2). This 
amendment reflects the nomenclature changes associated with the new court structure and the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 534 – Subparagraph 201(g)(i) 
1123.  Item 534 amends subparagraph 201(g)(i). Section 201 provides that the annual report 
prepared by the Integrity Commissioner and given to the Minister under section 46 of 
the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for a period must include 
the specified matters. Subparagraph 201(g)(i) provides that the annual report must include 
details of the number and results of applications made to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 for orders of 
review in respect of matters arising under this Act.’ This item amends this subparagraph by 
removing the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing it with a reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of subparagraph. 
Item 535 – Subsections 221(1) and (2) 
1124. 
Item 536 amends subsections 221(1) and (2), which deal with legal and 
financial assistance in relation to applications for administrative review. The item 
removes the references to the Federal Circuit Court from both subsections and replaces 
them with references to the FCFC (Division 2). The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsections. 
 
Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2014  
Item 536 – Section 9, paragraph (b) (definition of relevant court
1125.  Item 536 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in section 9 of the 
Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Act 2014. The definition currently 
provides that the Federal Circuit of Australia is a relevant court. The item substitutes a new 
paragraph (b), which replaces the reference to ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with 
‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect the nomenclature 
changes associated with the new court structure. The amendment does not substantively alter 
the operation of definition. 
 
Marriage Act 1961  
Item 537 – Subsection 5(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of Judge
1126.  Item 537 repeals paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘Judge’ in subsection 5(1) of the 
Marriage Act 1961 and replaces it with a new paragraph. Paragraph (a) currently provides 
that a Judge, in relation to the performance of a function under this Act in a State or Territory, 
means a person who is a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, or a Judge of the Federal 
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Circuit Court of Australia, who is appointed by the Minister to be a person authorised to 
perform that function. New paragraph (a) provides that a ‘Judge, in relation to the 
performance of a function under this Act in a State or Territory, means a Judge of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1), or a Judge of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2), who is appointed by the Minister to be a person 
authorised to perform that function’. This amendment removes the references to the Family 
Court and the Federal Circuit Court, and replaces them with the updated nomenclature of the 
FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), respectively. The new paragraph does not 
substantively depart from the operation of the existing paragraph. 
Item 538 – Subsection 9A(1) 
1127.  Item 538 amends subsection 9A(1), which provides that persons who may exercise 
certain powers may be restricted by a Proclamation issued by the Governor-General. In 
particular, the amendment updates references to the Family Court to the FCFC (Division 1) 
and the Federal Circuit Court to be the FCFC (Division 2). The amended subsection will 
provide that the Governor-General may, by Proclamation, declare that, on and after a date 
fixed by the Proclamation, a power or function under the Act that is specified in the 
Proclamation, being a power or function expressed by the Act to be exercisable by a Judge, or 
by a Judge or magistrate, is not to be exercised, or is not to be exercised in a specified part of 
Australia, otherwise than by a Judge who is a Judge of the FCFC (Division 1), the FCFC 
(Division 2) or the Family Court of a State. This amendment reflects the nomenclature 
changes associated with the new court structure and does not substantively alter the operation 
of the subsection. 
Item 539 – Subsection 92(1) 
1128.  Item 539 updates the reference to the Family Court to be the FCFC (Division 1) and 
the Federal Circuit Court to be the FCFC Division 2 in subsection 92(1). Subsection 92(1) 
provides that a person may apply to the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court 
of Australia, a Family Court of a State or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory for an 
order declaring that the person is the legitimate child of his or her parents or that the person 
or his or her parent or child or a remoter ancestor is or was a legitimated person. The Court 
may, in its discretion, make the order. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 92(1). 
 
Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017  
Item 540 – After subitem 6(6) of Schedule 4 
1129.  Item 540 inserts a new subitem 6A after subitem 6(6) of Schedule 4 of the Marriage 
Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017
. Subitem 6 deals with proceedings 
pending under the Family Court Act 1997 (WA) before 9 December 2017. Subitem 6(6) 
provides that if the proceedings were an appeal instituted in, or made to, the Court of Appeal 
under Part 7 of the Family Court Act 1997 (WA), that Court may, on the application of a 
party or of its own motion, refer the appeal to a Full Court of the Family Court of Australia.  
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1130.  New subitem 6A is an avoidance of doubt provision which provides that on and after 
the day Schedule 1 to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential 
Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2019 
commences, an appeal mentioned in 
subitem (6) may not be referred to the FCFC (Division 1).  
 
Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973  
Item 541 – Paragraph 5(3)(ba) 
1131.  Item 541 repeals paragraph 5(3)(ba) of the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth 
Employees) Act 1973
 and replaces it with a new paragraph. Paragraph 5(3)(ba) currently 
provides that the Act does not apply to or in relation to a person who is a Judge of the Federal 
Circuit Court of AustraliaNew paragraph 5(3)(ba) provides the Act does not apply to or in 
relation to a person who is a person who is a Judge of the FCFC (Division 2). The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as 
Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of paragraph. 
 
Migration Act 1958 
Item 542 – Subsection 5(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of eligible court) 
1132.  Item 542 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘eligible court’ and replaces it with 
new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ in subsection 5(1) of the Migration Act 1958 (the Migration Act). 
Subsection 5(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Act. Paragraph (b) of the 
definition of ‘eligible court’ currently provides for the Federal Circuit Court to be an eligible 
court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the intent of the definition of ‘eligible court’ in 
subsection 5(1). 
Item 543 – Subsection 5(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court) 
1133.  Item 543 repeals the definition of the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 5(1). 
Subsection 5(1) provides definitions to assist in interpreting the Migration Act. ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ is currently defined as being the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. The 
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC 
(Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’, the reference is provided in full. 
Item 544 – Subparagraph 42(2A)(e)(ii) 
1134.  Item 544 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subparagraph 42(2A)(e)(ii). Subsection 42(1) 
provides that a non-citizen must not travel to Australia without a visa that is in effect. 
Subsection 42(2A) provides that subsection 42(1) does not apply to a non-citizen in relation 
to travel to Australia in certain circumstances. Subparagraph 42(2A)(e)(ii) currently provides 
for the situation when a non-citizen has been removed under section 198 and before the 
removal, the High Court, the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court had made an order in 
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relation to the non-citizen, or the Minister had given an undertaking to one of those courts in 
relation to the non-citizen. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subparagraph 42(2A)(e)(ii). 
Item 545 – Section 91X (heading) 
1135.  Item 545 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 91X. The heading now 
reads ‘Names of applicants for protection visas not to be published by the High Court, 
Federal Court or Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 546 – Subsections 91X(1), 114(1) and 153(2) 
1136.  Item 546 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 91X(1), 114(1) and 153(2). Subsection 
91X(1) currently provides that the High Court, the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
must not publish the names of applicants for protection visas or protection-related bridging 
visas, or persons whose protection visa or protection-related bridging visa has been cancelled. 
Subsection 114(1) currently provides that if the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or 
the Administrative Appeals Tribunal sets aside a decision to cancel a person’s visa under 
section 109, the visa is taken never to have been cancelled. Subsection 153(2) currently 
provides that the removal or deportation of a non-citizen is not permitted if it would be in 
breach of an order of the High Court, the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 91X(1), 114(1) and 
153(2). 
Item 547 – Section 476 (heading) 
1137.  Item 547 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 476. The heading now 
reads ‘Jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2). 
Item 548 – Subsections 476(1), (2) and (3) 
1138.  Item 548 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 476(1), (2) and (3). Section 476 
provides for the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court. Subsection 476(1) currently 
provides that the Federal Circuit Court has the same original jurisdiction under paragraph 
75(v) as the High Court in relation to migration decisions. Subsection 476(2) currently 
provides that the Federal Circuit Court has no jurisdiction in relation to the decisions listed. 
Subsection 476(3) currently provides that any jurisdiction the Federal Circuit Court may have 
to hear matters in relation to non-privative clause decisions under the Administrative 
Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
 or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1977 is not 
affected by section 476. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subsections 476(1), (2) and (3). 
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Item 549 – Paragraph 476A(1)(a) 
1139.  Item 549 repeals paragraph 476A(1)(a) and replaces it with new paragraph (a) 
incorporating subparagraphs (i) and (ii). Section 476A provides for the limited jurisdiction of 
the Federal Court. Subsection 476A(1) currently provides for matters in which the Federal 
Court has original jurisdiction in relation to a migration decision, including where the Federal 
Circuit Court has transferred a matter to it under section 39 of the Federal Circuit Court Act.  
1140.  New subparagraph 476A(1)(a)(i) provides for transfers made under clause 153 of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and new subparagraph 
476A(1)(a)(ii) provides for the Federal Court to confirm the transfer under section 32AD of 
the Federal Court Act. Clause 153 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 
2019
 provides the FCFC (Division 2) with the power to transfer matters to the Federal Court 
as currently provided for in section 39 of the Federal Circuit Court Act. The Federal Court 
must confirm such a transfer under new section 32AD of the Federal Court Act as required 
for all matters transferred under section 153. See item 220 of Schedule 1 of this Explanatory 
Memorandum for further guidance. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and updates the legislative reference.  
Item 550 – After subsection 476A(1) 
1141.  Item 550 inserts new subsection 476A(1A) following subsection 476A(1). 
Subsection 476A(1) provides for matters in which the Federal Court has original jurisdiction 
in relation to migration decisions. New subsection 476A(1A) provides that the Federal Court 
does not have original jurisdiction in relation to a migration decision if the proceedings have 
been transferred to the Federal Court under section 32AC of the Federal Court Act. This is 
consistent with the current original jurisdiction of the Federal Court in relation to a migration 
decision. Section 32AC of the Federal Court Act provides the Federal Court a new power to 
transfer matters to itself, other than proceedings relating to family law matters, on its own 
initiative or on the application of a party from the FCFC (Division 2). See the explanation for 
item 220 in Schedule 1 of this Explanatory Memorandum for further guidance.  
Item 551 – Paragraph 476A(3)(a) 
1142.  Item 551 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 476A(3)(a). Section 476A provides 
for the limited jurisdiction of the Federal Court. Paragraph 476A(3)(a) currently provides that 
an appeal may not be brought to the Federal Court from a judgment of the Federal Circuit 
Court that makes an order or refuses to make an order under subsection 477(2). See item 554 
for further guidance on subsection 477(2). The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of paragraph 476A(3)(a). 
Item 552 – Subsections 476B(1) and (2) 
1143.  Item 552 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 476B. Section 476B provides for the 
remittal of matters by the High Court. Subsections 476B(1) and (2) currently provide that the 
High Court must only remit matters, or any part of a matter, relating to migration decisions to 
the Federal Circuit Court if the Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction in relation to the matter 
or part of a matter under section 476. See item 548 for further guidance on section 476. The 
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amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 476B(1) and (2).  
Item 553 – Section 477 (heading) 
1144.  Item 553 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 477. The heading now 
reads ‘Time limits on applications to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 554 – Subsections 477(1) and (2) and 480(2) 
1145.  Item 554 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 477(1) and (2) and 480(2). 
Subsection 477(1) currently provides that an application to the Federal Circuit Court for a 
remedy to be granted in exercise of the court’s original jurisdiction under section 476 in 
relation to a migration decision must be made to the court within 35 days of the date of that 
decision. See item 548 for further guidance on section 476. Subsection 477(2) currently 
provides that the Federal Circuit Court may, by order, extend that 35 day period in 
appropriate circumstances. Subsection 480(2) currently provides that if the Attorney-General 
intervenes in a proceeding referred to in section 477 or 477A, the Federal Circuit Court or 
Federal Court may make such orders as to costs against the Commonwealth as the court 
thinks fit. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 477(1) 
and (2) and 480(2).  
Item 555 – Section 484 (heading) 
1146.  Item 555 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 484. The heading now 
reads ‘Exclusive jurisdiction of High Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 556 – Subsections 484(1) and (2) and 486B(1) 
1147.  Item 556 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 484(1) and (2) and 486B(1). 
Subsections 484(1) and (2) currently provide that the High Court, Federal Court and Federal 
Circuit Court have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to migration decisions. Subsection 
486B(1) currently applies section 486B to all migration proceedings in the High Court, 
Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court that raise an issue in connection with visas, 
deportation, taking, or removal of unlawful non-citizens. The amendments appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsections 484(1) and (2) and 486B(1). 
Item 557 – Section 486C (heading) 
1148.  Item 557 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 486C. The heading now 
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reads ‘Persons who may commence or continue proceedings in the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2) or the Federal Court’. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2).  
Item 558 – Subsection 486C(1) 
1149.  Item 558 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 486C(1). Section 486C provides for 
which persons may commence or continue proceedings in relation to certain issues. 
Subsection 486C(1) currently provides that only persons mentioned in section 486C may 
commence proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court which raises an 
issue in connection with visas, deportation, taking, or removal of non-citizens and relates to 
the validity, interpretation or effect of a provision of the Act or the regulations. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not affect the operation of subsection 486C(1). 
Item 559 – Subsection 486C(3) 
1150.  Item 559 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’s jurisdiction’ to be 
‘jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 
486C(3). Section 486C provides for which persons may commence or continue proceedings 
in relation to certain issues. Subsection 486C(1) currently provides that only persons 
mentioned in section 486C who may commence proceedings in the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court which raises an issue in connection with visas, deportation, taking, or 
removal of non-citizens and relates to the validity, interpretation or effect of a provision of 
the Act or the regulations. Subsection 486C(3) provides that section 486C applies to 
proceedings within the Federal Circuit Court’s jurisdiction. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively affect the operation of subsection 486C(3). 
Item 560 – Subsection 486C(3A) 
1151.  Item 560 repeals subsection 486C(3A) and replaces it with new subsections 486C(3A) 
and (3B). Section 486C provides for which persons may commence or continue proceedings 
in relation to certain issues. Current subsection 486C(3A) provides for application of section 
486C to proceedings transferred to the Federal Court from the Federal Circuit Court under 
section 39 of the Federal Circuit Court Act or where the Federal Court has original 
jurisdiction under subsections 476A(1)(b) or (c) of the Migration Act 1958.  
1152.  New paragraph 486C(3A)(a) applies section 486C to proceedings that are transferred 
to the Federal Court under section 153 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
Act 2019 
and are confirmed by the Federal Court under section 32AD of the Federal Court 
Act. See item 250 of Schedule 1 and item 540 above for further guidance. New paragraph 
486C(3A)(b) applies section 486C to proceedings in which the Federal Court has jurisdiction 
under paragraphs 476A(1)(b) or (c). New subsection 486C(3B) provides that section 486C 
does not apply to proceedings that are transferred to the Federal Court if the Federal Court 
transfers the proceeding from the FCFC (Division 2) under section 32AC of the Federal 
Court Act.  
1153.  Section 32AC of the Federal Court Act provides the Federal Court with the power to 
transfer matters to itself, other than proceedings relating to family law matters, on its own 
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initiative or on the application of a party from the FCFC (Division 2). See item 250 of 
Schedule 1 and item 541 above for further guidance. The amendments ensure that the new 
appeal provisions relating to the Federal Court are taken into account, while also ensuring 
that the current operation of section 486C is not substantively changed. 
Item 561 – Subsection 486D(1)  
1154.  Item 561 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 486D(1). Subsection 486D(1) 
currently provides that a person commencing a proceeding in the Federal Circuit Court in 
relation to a tribunal decision must disclose to the court any judicial review proceeding 
already brought by the person in relation to that decision. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively affect the operation of subsection 486D(1). 
Item 562 – Subsection 486D(5) (paragraph (a) of the definition of judicial review 
proceeding
) 
1155.  Item 562 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 486D(5). Subsection 486D(5) 
provides definitions to assist in interpreting section 486D. Paragraph (a) of the definition of 
‘judicial review proceeding’ currently provides that a judicial review proceeding, in relation 
to a tribunal decision, means a proceeding in the Federal Circuit Court in relation to the 
tribunal decision. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the intent of the definition of 
‘judicial review proceeding’ in subsection 486D(5). 
Item 563 – Section 487A (paragraph (b) of the definition of issuing officer) 
1156.  Item 563 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ in section 487A 
and replaces it with new paragraph (b), which refers to ‘a Judge of the Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 487A provides definitions to assist in 
interpreting Part 8E of the Act. Paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ currently 
provides that a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court is an issuing officer. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not alter the intent of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ in section 487A. 
Item 564 – Paragraph 500(6)(d) 
1157.  Item 550 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 500(6)(d). 
Paragraph 500(6)(d) currently provides that where an application has been made to the AAT 
for the review of an order for the deportation of a person under section 200, the order shall 
not be taken for the purposes of section 253 to have ceased or to cease to be in force by 
reason only of any order that has been made by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or a 
Judge of the Federal Circuit Court under section 44A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 
Act 1975
. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 
500(6)(d). 
 
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Item 565 – Subsections 503A(4A) and (5A) 
1158.  Item 565 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 503A. Section 503A protects the disclosure 
of confidential information communicated to an authorised migration officer by a gazetted 
agency that is relevant to the exercise of a power under section 501, 501A, 501B, 501BA, 
501C or 501CA (other than in certain limited circumstances). Subsection 503A(4A) currently 
provides that if information is divulged to a Commonwealth officer in accordance with a 
declaration under subsection 503A(3), the officer must not be required to communicate the 
information to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court, or give the information in 
evidence before either Court. The information may be considered by either Court if a fresh 
disclosure of the information is made by a ministerial declaration under subsection 503A(3) 
or subsection 503B(6). See items 560 and 561 for further guidance on subsection 503B(6). 
Subsection 503A(5A) currently provides for the situation when the information is disclosed 
to a tribunal. A tribunal member must not be required to communicate the information to the 
Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court, or give the information in evidence before either 
Court. The information may be considered by either Court if a fresh disclosure of the 
information is made by a ministerial declaration under subsection 503A(3) or subsection 
503B(6). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of subsections 
503A(4A) and (5A).  
Item 566 – Section 503B (heading) 
1159.  Item 566 updates the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 503B. The heading now 
reads ‘Protection of confidential information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)-permanent non-disclosure orders’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2).  
Item 567 – Subsection 503B(1) 
1160.  Item 567 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 503B(1). Section 503B currently deals 
with the protection of confidential information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal Circuit 
Court through the making of non-disclosure orders. Subsection 503B(1) currently provides 
that the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may make orders to ensure the non-disclosure 
of confidential information to an applicant in relation to the substantive proceedings, a legal 
representative of the applicant or to any other person. The amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsection 503B(1). 
Item 568 – Subsection 503B(2) 
1161.  Item 568 updates the reference to ‘the Federal Court’s or Federal Circuit Court’s 
orders’ to be ‘the orders of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 503B(2). Section 503B currently deals with the 
protection of confidential information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court 
through the making of non-disclosure orders. Subsection 503B(2) currently provides for the 
orders the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court may make in relation to non-disclosure of 
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confidential information disclosed to the Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 503B(2). 
Items 569 and 570 – Paragraph 503B(2)(c), and subsections 503B(4), (5), (6), (7), (8), 
(10) and (11)
 
1162.  Items 569 and 570 update references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in section 503B. Section 503B currently 
deals with the protection of confidential information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal 
Circuit Court through the making of non-disclosure orders. Paragraph 503B(2)(c) currently 
provides for the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court to make an order ensuring that no 
person has access to a file or record of the Court that contains the information, without the 
consent of the Court. Subsection 503B(4) currently provides that the powers of the Federal 
Court and Federal Circuit Court under section 503B are to be exercised by a single Judge of 
each respective Court. Subsection 503B(5) currently lists criteria to which the Federal Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court must have regard for making a non-disclosure order. Subsections 
503B(6) and (7) currently provide for the disclosure of information to the Federal Court or 
the Federal Circuit Court for the purposes of deciding whether or not to make a non-
disclosure order in relation to that information. Subsection 503B(8) currently provides that 
the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may, by order, vary or revoke a non-disclosure 
order made under subsection 503B(1) if both the Minister and the applicant in the substantive 
proceedings consent. Subsections 503B(10) and (11) relate to declarations made by the 
Minister under subsection 503A(3). The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the 
operation of paragraph 503B(2)(c), and subsections 503B(4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10) and (11). 
Item 571 – Subsection 503B(14) (table item 1, column headed ‘In the case of these 
proceedings…’)
 
1163.  Item 571 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’s jurisdiction’ to be 
‘jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the table in 
subsection 503B(14). Section 503B currently deals with the protection of confidential 
information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court through the making of 
non-disclosure orders. Subsection 503B(14) provides a table identifying the applicant for 
different types of proceedings that may be brought under the Act for the purposes of section 
503B. Table item 1 currently provides for proceedings within the Federal Circuit Court’s 
jurisdiction under section 476. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation 
of table item 1 in subsection 503B(14). 
Item 572 – Section 503C (heading) 
1164.  Item 572 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the heading to section 503C. The heading now 
reads ‘Protection of confidential information disclosed to Federal Court or Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)-interim non-disclosure orders’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
 
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Item 573 – Subsection 503C(1) 
1165.  Item 573 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 503C(1). Subsection 503C(1) 
currently provides that the Minister must give the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
written notice at least 7 days in advance of making an application for a permanent 
non-disclosure order under subsection 503B(1). The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of subsection 503C(1). 
Item 574 – Subsection 503C(3) 
1166.  Item 574 omits ‘the Federal Circuit Court may, on application by the Minister, make 
such orders as the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court considers appropriate for the 
purpose of ensuring that, in the event that the subsection 503B(1) application is made and the 
information is disclosed to the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes ‘the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) may, on application by the 
Minister, make such orders as the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) considers appropriate for the purpose of ensuring that, in the event that 
the subsection 503B(1) application is made and the information is disclosed to the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ Subsection 503C(3) 
currently provides that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make interim 
non-disclosure orders to protect confidential information before considering an application 
for a permanent non-disclosure order, or to not interfere with the Minister’s consideration of 
whether to authorise disclosure of the information to the courts. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of subsection 503C(3). 
Item 575 – Paragraph 503C(3)(c) 
1167.  Item 575 repeals paragraph 503C(3)(c) and replaces it with new paragraph (c), which 
refers to ‘the consideration of the subsection 503B(1) application by the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subsection 503C(3) provides for 
an interim non-disclosure order. Paragraph 503C(3)(c) currently provides that the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make orders to ensure the non-disclosure of certain 
information in circumstances that might undermine, prejudice or pre-empt consideration of 
the matter by the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of paragraph 503C(3)(c). 
Item 576 – Paragraph 503C(3)(d) 
1168.  Item 576 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 503C(3)(d). Subsection 503C(3) 
provides for an interim non-disclosure order. Paragraph 503C(3)(d) currently provides that 
the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make orders to ensure the non-disclosure 
of certain information in circumstances that might undermine, prejudice or pre-empt 
consideration by the Minister as to whether to make a declaration under subsection 503A(3) 
authorising the disclosure of the information to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
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the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 
503C(3)(d). 
Item 577 – Subsection 503C(4) 
1169.  Item 577 updates the reference to ‘the Federal Court’s or the Federal Circuit Court’s 
orders’ to be ‘the orders of the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’ in subsection 503C(4). Subsection 503C(4) currently provides orders 
that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make to ensure the non-disclosure of 
certain information in circumstances that might undermine, prejudice or pre-empt 
consideration of the relevant matter by the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or the 
Minister. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court 
as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of subsection 
503C(4). 
Item 578 – Paragraph 503C(4)(c) 
1170.  Item 578 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 503C(4)(c). Subsection 503C(4) 
currently provides for orders that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make to 
ensure the non-disclosure of certain information in circumstances that might undermine, 
prejudice or pre-empt consideration of the relevant matter by the Federal Court, the Federal 
Circuit Court or the Minister. Paragraph 503C(4)(c) currently provides for the Federal Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court to make an order ensuring that no person has access to a file or 
record of the Court that contains the information, without consent from the Court. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of paragraph 503C(4)(c). 
Item 579 – Subsections 503C(6) and (7) 
1171.  Item 579 updates references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ to be ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in subsections 503C(6) and (7). Subsection 503C(6) 
currently provides that the powers of the Federal Court are to be exercised by a single Judge 
of the Federal Court and the powers of the Federal Circuit Court are to be exercised by a 
single Judge of the Federal Circuit Court. Subsection 503C(7) provides that the Federal Court 
or the Federal Circuit Court may, by order, vary or revoke an interim non-disclosure order 
made under subsection 503C(3) if both the Minister and the applicant in the substantive 
proceedings consent. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of 
subsections 503C(6) and (7). 
 
Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 
Item 580 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge
1172.  Item 580 repeals the definition of ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ in 
subsection 3(1) of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987. Subsection 3(1) 
provides definitions of expressions used in the Act. This definition will be replaced by use of 
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the term ‘eligible Judge’ throughout provisions in the Act under which Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia can perform functions (see item 581). 
1173.  This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court 
Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 581 – Subsection 3(1) 
1174.  Item 581 inserts a definition of ‘eligible Judge’ in subsection 3(1). Subsection 3(1) 
provides definitions of expressions used in the Act. An ‘eligible Judge’ will mean a ‘Judge of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The expression ‘eligible 
Judge’ will be used throughout provisions in the Act under which FCFC (Division 2) Judges 
can perform functions. This item operates with item 580, which removes the definition of 
‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’. 
1175.  The new expression ‘eligible Judge’ will not alter the nature of the functions which 
are conferred under the legislation on Federal Circuit Court Judges under their new title.  
Item 582 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of executing officer
1176.  Item 582 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in the definition of ‘executing officer’ in subsection 3(1). Section 3 provides 
definitions of expressions used in the Act. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in 
the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal 
Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 583 – Paragraphs 13(2)(a) and (b) 
1177.  Item 583 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in paragraphs 13(2)(a) and (b). Section 13 provides for the taking of evidence 
or production of documents by an eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge. The expression 
‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not alter the powers or functions conferred under section 13. 
Item 584 – Subsections 13(2A), (2B), (2C), (2D), and (4) to (5) 
1178.  Item 584 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subsections 13(2A), (2B), (2C), (2D) and (4) to (5). Section 13 provides 
for the taking of evidence or production of documents by an eligible Federal Circuit Court 
Judge. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges 
of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the powers or functions conferred under section 
13. 
Item 585 – Subsection 13AA(1) 
1179.  Item 571 replaces the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with 
‘eligible Judge’ in subsection 13AA(1). Section 13AA provides for the enforcement of orders 
relating to the conduct of proceedings under subsection 13(2). The expression ‘eligible 
Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the 
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continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
alter the powers or functions conferred under section 13AA. 
Item 586 – Subsection 13AA(2) 
1180.  Item 586 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in subsection 13AA(1). It also replaces the reference to ‘Rules of Court made under 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999’ with ‘Rules of Court made under Chapter 4 
of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. It further replaces the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘Federal Circuit Court and Family 
Court of Australia’. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). 
These amendments appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2)and 
do not alter the powers or functions conferred under section 13AA. 
Item 587 – Paragraphs 13AB(1)(a) and (b) 
1181.  Item 587 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in paragraphs 13AB(1)(a) and (b). Section 13AB makes provision for laws applying 
for the purposes of proceeding under section 13. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
powers or functions conferred under section 13AB. 
Item 588 – Section 15 
1182.  Item 588 replaces the reference to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ with ‘eligible 
Judge’ in section 15. Section 15 provides for the Attorney-General to authorise a police 
officer to apply to an eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge for search warrants. The expression 
‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not alter the powers or functions conferred under section 15. 
Item 589 – Subsections 25(2), 31(2), 38C(1) and (2), 38D(1), (3) and (4), 38I(1), 38K(5) 
and 38N(7) 

1183.  Item 589 amends subsections 25(2), 31(2), 38C(1) and (2) and 38D(1), (3) and (4), 
38H(1) and (4), 38I(1), 38K(5) and 38N(7) of the Act. This item removes the words ‘eligible 
Federal Circuit Judge’ from these subsections and replaces them with ‘eligible Judge’. The 
expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not alter the powers or functions conferred under the subsections. 
Item 590 – Section 38Z 
1184.  Item 590 amends section 38Z, which provides for offences relating to telephone 
warrants. Item 590 removes all references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Judge’, and replaces 
them with ‘eligible Judge’. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see 
item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court 
Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the powers or functions 
conferred under the section. 
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Item 591 – Paragraph 38ZB(1)(a) 
1185.  Item 591 amends paragraph 38ZB(1)(a), which provides (subject also to paragraph 
(b)) the grounds on which a police officer may, without warrant, arrest a person. Item 591 
amends this paragraph by removing the reference to the ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ 
and replacing it with ‘eligible Judge’. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the 
Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit 
Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the powers or functions 
conferred under the provision. 
Item 592 – Subsection 38ZB(2) 
1186.  Item 592 amends subsection 38ZB(2). Subsection 38ZB(2) provides that a person 
arrested under subsection 38ZB(1) must, as soon as practicable, be brought before a 
Magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge. Item 592 removes the words ‘eligible 
Federal Circuit Court Judge’ and replaces them with ‘eligible Judge’. The expression 
‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not alter the requirements of the subsection. 
Item 593 – Section 38ZC (heading) 
1187.  Item 593 amends the heading to section 38ZC by replacing the reference to ‘Federal 
Circuit Court Judges’ with ‘Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)—consent to nomination’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 594 – Subsections 38ZC(1) and (2) 
1188.  Item 594 amends subsections 38ZC(1) and (2). Subsection 38ZC(1) provides that a 
Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia may, by writing, consent to be nominated by 
the Attorney-General under subsection (2). Subsection 38ZC(2) provides that the 
Attorney-General may, by writing, nominate a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia 
in relation to whom a consent is in force under subsection (1) to be an eligible Federal Circuit 
Court Judge for the purposes of the Act. Item 594 removes the references to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ in both subsections and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of the subsections. 
1189.  The validity of existing consents and nominations would not be affected by these 
amendments by virtue of item 18 of Schedule 5 
Item 595 – Subsection 38ZC(2) 
1190.  Item 595 amends subsection 38ZC(2) to omit the words ‘eligible Federal Circuit 
Court Judge’ and substitutes them with ‘eligible Judge’. This amendment makes the 
necessary nomenclature revisions to this subsection. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be 
defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
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Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the 
requirements of the subsection. 
Item 596 – Section 38ZD (heading) 
1191.  Item 5965 amends the heading to section 38ZD, which currently reads ‘Magistrates 
and Federal Circuit Court Judges—personal capacity’. Item 596 omits the reference to 
‘Federal Circuit Court Judges’ and replaces it with ‘Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The new heading will read ‘Magistrates and Judges of the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)—personal capacity’. This 
amendment makes the necessary nomenclature revisions to this heading. 
Item 597 – Subsections 38ZD(1) and (3) 
1192.  Item 597 amends subsections 38ZD(1) and (3). Subsection 38ZD(1) provides that a 
function or power conferred on a Magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge by this 
Act is conferred on the Magistrate or Judge in a personal capacity and not as a court or a 
member of a court. Subsection 38ZD(3) provides that a Magistrate or eligible Federal Circuit 
Court Judge has, in relation to the performance or exercise of a function or power conferred 
on the Magistrate or Judge by this Act, the same protection and immunity as if he or she were 
exercising that function or power as, or as a member of, the Court of which the Magistrate or 
Judge is a member. This item omits the references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judge’ 
and replaces them with ‘eligible Judge’. The expression ‘eligible Judge’ will be defined in the 
Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Federal Circuit 
Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not alter the powers or functions 
conferred under the subsections. 
Item 598 – Paragraph 44(c) 
1193.  Item 598 amends paragraph 44(c) of the Act. Paragraph 44(c) provides that the 
Governor-General may make regulations prescribing the practice and procedure in relation to 
the performance by Magistrates or eligible Federal Circuit Court Judges of functions under 
this Act. The item omits all references to ‘eligible Federal Circuit Court Judges’ in the 
paragraph and replaces these references with ‘eligible Judges’. The expression ‘eligible 
Judge’ will be defined in the Act (see item 581). This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of Federal Circuit Court Judges as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
alter the power to make regulations. 
 
My Health Records Act 2012  
Item 599 – Paragraphs 45C(1)(b), 50C(1)(b), 79(3)(b), 80(3)(b) and 81(3)(b) 
1194.  Item 599 repeals paragraphs 45C(1)(b), 50C(1)(b), 79(3)(b), 80(3)(b) and 81(3)(b) of 
the My Health Records Act 2012 and replaces them with new paragraphs.  
1195.  Paragraph 45C(1)(b) provides that if any person suffers loss or damage as a result of 
anything done by an entity that contravenes section 45A or 45B, the person may bring an 
action for the amount of the loss or damage against the entity in the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia. Paragraph 50C(1)(b) provides that if any person suffers loss or damage as a result 
of anything done by an entity that contravenes section 50A or 50B, the person may bring an 
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action for the amount of the loss or damage against the entity in the Federal Circuit Court of 
Australia. Paragraph 79(3)(b) provides that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a relevant 
court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the Act, for the purposes of Part 4 of the 
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. Paragraph 80(3)(b) provides that the 
Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a relevant court in relation to the provisions of the Act, 
for the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
Paragraph 81(3)(b) provides that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a relevant court in 
relation to the provisions of the Act, for the purposes of Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
.  
1196.  This item repeals each of these paragraphs and replaces them with new paragraphs, 
which replace the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with references to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendments appropriately 
reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
substantively alter the operation of subsections. 
 
Narcotic Drugs Act 1967  
Item 600 – Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court) 
1197.  Item 600 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in subsection 4(1) 
of the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967. The definition currently provides that the Federal Circuit of 
Australia is a relevant court for the purpose of the Act. Item 600 substitutes a new paragraph, 
which replaces the reference to ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of the definition. 
 
National Cancer Screening Register Act 2016  
Item 601 – Paragraph 24(3)(b) 
1198.  Item 601 amends paragraph 24(3)(b) of the National Cancer Screening Register Act 
2016
, which provides that the Federal Circuit Court of Australia is, for the purposes of Part 4 
of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014, a relevant court in relation to the 
civil penalty provisions of the National Cancer Screening Register Act 2016. Item 
601removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit 
and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ to reflect the nomenclature changes associated 
with the new court structure. 
 
National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009  
Item 602 – Subsection 5(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1199.  Item 602 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in subsection 5(1) of the 
National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009. The definition provides that the ‘Federal 
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Circuit Court’ means the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. The definition is no longer 
required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court 
of Australia (Division 2)’. Where references in the Act are made to the ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ the title of that Court is provided in full. 
Item 603 – Subsection 5(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of lower court
1200.  Item 603 repeals paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘lower court’ in subsection 5(1), 
which currently refers to the Federal Circuit Court, and replaces it with new paragraph (a) 
which refers to the FCFC (Division 2). This appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 604 – Subsection 5(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of relevant superior court
1201.  Item 604 amends the definition of paragraph (a) of ‘relevant superior court’ in 
subsection 5(1). Currently paragraph (a) provides that in relation to the Federal Circuit Court, 
relevant superior court means the Federal Court. This item amends paragraph (a) to replace 
the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 605 – Section 185 
1202.  Item 605 amends section 185, which provides a guide to Part 4-3 of the Act relating to 
the jurisdiction and procedure of the Courts. This item replaces the paragraph of the guide 
which refers to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and with a revised paragraph referring to the 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item606 – Subsection 187(1) (cell at table item 2, column headed ‘Court on which civil 
jurisdiction is conferred’) 

1203.  Item 606 amends the table in subsection 187(1), which confers jurisdiction on certain 
courts in relation to civil matters arising under the Act and places specified limits of the 
exercise of that jurisdiction. In particular, this item amends the table by replacing the 
references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in item 2 of the table with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not change the operation of the 
subsection. 
Item 607 – Section 189 (table) 
1204.  Item 607 amends the table in section 189, which provides for the appeal avenues from 
each of the specified courts. In particular, this item replaces references to the ‘Federal Circuit 
Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
change the operation of the subsection. 
Item 608 – Subsection 191(2) 
1205.  Item 608 amends subsection 191(2), which currently provides that Subdivision C of 
Part 43 of the Act does not apply to a transfer between the Federal Court and the Federal 
Circuit Court, except as provided by paragraph 192(2)(b). This item replaces the reference to 
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the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ 
to make the necessary nomenclature change to reflect the new court structure. 
Item 609 – Subsection 191(2) (note 1) 
1206.  Item 609 amends note 1 to subsection 191(2) by replacing the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not change the intention of note 1. 
Item 610 – Subsection 191(2) (note 2) 
1207.  Item 610 repeals and replaces note 2 to subsection 191(2), which currently provides 
that transfers from the Federal Court are covered by section 32AB of the Federal Court Act 
and that transfers from the Federal Circuit Court are covered by section 39 of the Federal 
Circuit Court Act. As a result of the court reforms, the Federal Circuit Court Act will be 
repealed, with most of the substantive provisions in that Act being moved into the proposed 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019. This item repeals note 2 to 
subsection 191(2) of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 to replace ‘Federal 
Circuit Court are covered by section 39 of the Federal Circuit Court Act’ with ‘section 153 of 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019’. Section 153 of the Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2019
 contains the relevant transfer provisions from 
the FCFC (Division 2), and will result in no change to the current intention of note 2. 
Item 611 – Paragraph 199(1)(a) 
1208.  Item 611 amends paragraph 199(1)(a), which relates to applications for small claims 
procedures. In particular, item 611 replaces the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not change the 
operation of the paragraph. 
 
National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013  
Item 612 – Subparagraphs 73ZE(3)(e)(ii) and 73ZF(2)(e)(ii) 
1209.  Item 612 repeals subparagraphs 73ZE(3)(e)(ii) and 73ZF(2)(e)(ii) of the National 
Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
 and replaces them with new paragraphs. Subparagraph 
73ZE(3)(e)(ii) provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to Part 3A 
of the Act for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 
2014
. Subparagraph 73ZF(3)(e)(ii) provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court 
in relation to evidential material that relates to a provision mentioned in subsection 73ZF(1) 
for the purposes of Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The new 
subparagraphs provide that the FCFC (Division 2) is a relevant court for the purposes of the 
relevant sections. The new subparagraphs appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively change the operation of the 
subparagraphs. 
 
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Item 613 – Paragraph 73ZJ(3)(b) 
1210.  Item 613 updates the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be 
‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in paragraph 73ZJ(3)(b) by 
repealing the paragraph and replacing it with a new one. Section 73ZJ provides for the 
Commonwealth to pay compensation in specified circumstances for damage to electronic 
equipment operated as mentioned in section 73ZG or 73ZH of the Act. Paragraph 73ZJ(3)(b) 
provides that if the Commonwealth and the owner or user fail to agree, the owner or user may 
institute proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of section 73ZJ. 
Item 614 – Paragraphs 73ZK(3)(b), 73ZP(3)(b) and 73ZQ(3)(b) 
1211.  Item 614 repeals and replaces paragraphs 73ZK(3)(b), 73ZP(3)(b) and 73ZQ(3)(b). 
The new paragraphs update the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ to be the 
‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Paragraph 73ZK(3)(b) 
provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty 
provisions of Part 3A of the Act for the purposes of Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
. Paragraph 73ZP(3)(b) provides that the Federal Circuit 
Court is a relevant court in relation to the provisions of the National Disability Insurance 
Scheme Act 2013 
for the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) 
Act 2014
. Paragraph 73ZQ(3)(b) provides that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in 
relation to the provisions of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 for the 
purposes of Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The new 
paragraphs appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively change the operation of the paragraphs. 
 
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007  
Item 615 – Section 7 (paragraph (b) of the definition of court
1212.  Item 615 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘court’ in section 7 of the National 
Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2017
. Paragraph (b) provides that ‘court’ means the 
Federal Circuit of Australia. Item 615 substitutes a new paragraph, which replaces the 
reference to ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ with ‘the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This item makes the necessary nomenclature change to 
reflect the new court structure and does not substantively alter the operation of the definition. 
 
National Health Act 1953  
Item 616 – Subparagraph 134D(2)(b)(ii) 
1213.  Item 616 amends subparagraph 134D(2)(b)(ii) of the National Health Act 1953 by 
repealing the subparagraph containing a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ 
and substituting a new paragraph which refers to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. Section 134D of the National Health Act 1953 was inserted by the 
Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Act 
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2018 and which took effect on 1 July 2018. It provides the relevant courts for the purposes of 
Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act 2014. This item appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of the provision. 
 
National Health Security Act 2007  
Item 617 – Subsections 62(1) and 79A(3) 
1214.  Item 617 amends subsections 62(1) and 79A(3) of the National Health Security Act 
2007
. Subsection 62(1) provides that if a person has engaged, is engaging, or is about to 
engage in any conduct that is or would be an offence against the Part 3 of the Act, the Federal 
Court or the Federal Circuit Court may, on the application of the Secretary, grant an 
injunction restraining the person from engaging in the conduct. Subsection 79A provides for 
the Commonwealth to pay compensation in specified circumstances for damage to electronic 
equipment operated as mentioned in section 67 or 70A of the Act. Subsection 79A(3) 
provides that if the Commonwealth and the owner or user fail to agree, the owner or user may 
institute proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. This item removes the 
references in both subsections to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces them 
with ‘Federal Circuit and Federal Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The item makes the 
necessary nomenclature change to reflect the new court structure and does not substantively 
alter the operation of the subsections. 
 
National Measurement Act 1960  
Item 618 – Section 18LL 
1215.  Item 618 amends section 18LL of the National Measurement Act 1960, which 
provides an overview of Division 4 of Part VIII of the Act. The item omits paragraph (3) of 
the section which provides that the Secretary may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court for an injunction to restrain a person from conduct that would be an offence 
under Part IV, V, VI or VII of the Act. Item 618 replaces this paragraph with a new 
paragraph that provides the Secretary may apply to the Federal Court or the FCFC 
(Division 2) for an injunction to restrain a person from conduct that would be an offence 
under Part IV, V, VI or VII. This amendment reflects the updated nomenclature associated 
with the new court structure and does not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
Item 619 – Subsections 18LN(1), 18LO(1) and 18QE(1) 
1216.  Item 619 amends subsections 18LN(1), 18LO(1) and 18QE(1). Subsection 18LN(1) 
deals with enforcing undertakings and provides that if the Secretary considers that a person 
who gave an undertaking under section 18LM has breached a term of the undertaking, the 
Secretary may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order under 
subsection 18LM(2).  
1217.  Subsection 18LO(1) deals with injunctions and provides that if a person has engaged, 
is engaging or is proposing to engage in conduct that constituted, constitutes or would 
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constitute an offence against Part IV, V, VI or VII, the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court may, on the application of the Secretary, grant a specified injunction.  
1218.  Subsection 18QE(1) provides that if the Secretary considers that a licensee who gave 
an undertaking under section 18QD has breached a term of the undertaking, the Secretary 
may apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order under 
subsection 18QE(2).  
1219.  This item removes all references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ in the 
subsections and replaces them with references to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. These amendments reflect the updated nomenclature associated with 
the new court structure and does not substantively alter the operation of the subsections. 
Item 620 – Section 19K (heading) 
1220.  Item 620 amends the heading to section 19K. The heading currently reads 
‘Jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’. 
The item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces it 
with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The new heading reads 
‘Jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. 
Item 621 – Section 19K 
1221.  Item 621 amends section 19K. Section 19K provides that jurisdiction is conferred on 
the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court in respect of matters arising under 
section 18LN, section 18LO, section 18MR (only in relation to the Federal Court of 
Australia), and section 18QE.  
1222.  This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and 
replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Federal Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment reflects the updated nomenclature associated with the new court structure and 
does not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
 
National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2019 
Item 622 – Paragraph 190(3)(b) 
1223.  Item 622 amends paragraph 190(3)(b) of the National Redress Scheme for 
Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
, which provides that for the purposes of Part 4 of 
the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014, the Federal Circuit Court is a 
relevant court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the National Redress Scheme for 
Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
. This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court of Australia’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Federal Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment reflects the updated nomenclature associated with 
the new court structure and does not substantively alter the operation of the paragraph. 
 
 
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National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 
Item 623 – Section 3 (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1224.  Item 6239 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 3 of the National 
Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
, which provides definitions for terms 
contained within the Act. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court 
will be continued as ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Where 
references in the Act are made to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’ the title of that Court is provided in full. 
Item 624 – Section 3, paragraph (b) (definition of issuing officer) 
1225.  Item 624 amends paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘issuing officer’ in section 3. 
Paragraph (b) currently provides that an issuing officer means a Judge of the Federal Circuit 
Court in relation to whom a consent under subsection 91(1) and a nomination under 
subsection 91(2) are in force. This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
amendment does not have an effect on the operation of this definition, and reflects the 
continuation of Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2). 
Item 625 – Section 91 (heading) 
1226.  Item 625 amends the heading to section 91 by replacing the reference to ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading 
will now read ‘Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)—
consent to nomination’. 
Item 626 – Subsections 91(1) and (2) and 92(2) 
1227.  Item 626 amends subsections 91(1) and (2) and 92(2) by removing the references to 
the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. These sections relate to the powers of issuing officers. This item 
allows these subsections to appropriately reflect the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2), and does not impact on the operation of 
these subsections. 
Item 627 – Section 137 (heading) 
1228.  Item 627 amends the heading to section 137 by replacing the reference to ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading 
will now read ‘Federal Court or Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) 
may impose pecuniary penalty’. 
Item 628 – Subsections 137(1), (2), (3) and (4) 
1229.  Item 628 amends subsections 137(1), (2), (3) and (4) by removing references to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. These subsections deal with the ability of the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court to impose pecuniary penalty where a person has breached a civil 
penalty provision. This item amends these subsections to appropriately reflect the 
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continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), and does not impact on 
the operation of the subsections.  
Item 629 – Section 139 
1230.  Item 629 amends section 139 by removing the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
and replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 
139 deals with the recovery of a pecuniary penalty by the Commonwealth. This amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not impact on the operation of the section.  
Item 630 – Subsections 140(4), 141(2) and (4) 
1231.  Item 630 amends subsections 140(4), 141(2) and (4) by removing the references to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. These subsections deal with the gathering of information by the 
National VET Regulator in relation to an application for a pecuniary penalty, and continuing 
and multiple contraventions of civil penalty provisions. This item makes the necessary 
nomenclature changes to these subsections and does not impact on the operation of the 
subsections.  
Item 631 – Section 142 
1232.  Item 631 amends section 142 by removing the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
and replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 
142 provides that the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court must not order a person to 
pay a pecuniary penalty for contravening a civil penalty provision if the person has been 
convicted of an offence against the Act constituted by conduct substantially the same as the 
conduct constituting the contravention. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not impact on 
the operation of this section. 
Item 632 – Paragraph 147(1)(b) 
1233.  Item 632 amends paragraph 147(1)(b) which provides that if the National VET 
Regulator considers that a person who gave an undertaking under section 146 has breached 
any of its terms, the Regulator may apply to the Federal Circuit Court. This item repeals 
paragraph (b) which refers to ‘the Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with new paragraph 
(b) which reads ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This
amendment makes the necessary nomenclature changes to this paragraph.
Item 633 – Sections 150, 151, 152 and 153 
1234.  Item 633 amends sections 150, 151, 152 and 153 by removing all references to 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replacing these with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. These sections deal with injunctions, which the National VET 
Regulator may apply for if a person has engaged, is engaging or proposing to engage, in any 
conduct that would be in contravention of the Act. This item allows these subsections to 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2), 
and does not impact on the operation of these sections. 
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Item 634 – Section 154 (heading) 
1235.  Item 634 amends the heading to section 154 by replacing the reference to ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The heading 
will now read ‘Other powers of the Federal Court or Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2) unaffected’. 
Item 635 – Section 154 
1236.  Item 635 amends section 154 by removing the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ 
and replacing it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Section 154 provides that the powers conferred on the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit 
Court under this Division are in addition to, and not instead of, any other powers of the Court, 
whether conferred by the Act or otherwise. This amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not impact on 
the operation of this section.  
Item 636 – Paragraph 232B(b) 
1237.  Item 636 amends paragraph 232B(b), which provides that a charge imposed by the 
National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Act 2012 is recoverable as 
a debt due to the Commonwealth in the Federal Circuit Court. This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This amendment makes the necessary nomenclature changes 
to the paragraph. 
 
Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 
Item 637 – Section 7 (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1238.  Item 637 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 7 of the Offshore 
Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
, which provides definitions for terms 
contained within the Act. The definition of Federal Circuit Court is no longer required as the 
Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC (Division 2). Where reference is made to 
the FCFC (Division 2) in the Act, the reference is provided in full. 
Item 638 – Subparagraphs 216(6)(b)(ii), 398(2)(b)(ii), 572D(3)(b)(ii), 572E(3)(b)(ii), 
572F(2)(b)(ii), 577(3)(b)(ii), 577A(2)(b)(ii), 583(2)(b)(ii), 589(4)(b)(ii) and (5)(b)(ii), and 
587(4)(b)(ii) and (5)(b)(ii) 

1239.  Item 638 repeals subparagraphs 216(6)(b)(ii), 398(2)(b)(ii), 572D(3)(b)(ii), 
572E(3)(b)(ii), 572F(2)(b)(ii), 577(3)(b)(ii), 577A(2)(b)(ii), 583(2)(b)(ii), 589(4)(b)(ii) and 
(5)(b)(ii), and 597(4)(b)(ii) and (5)(b)(ii) and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2); or’. These subparagraphs set out forums in which various 
debts due to the Commonwealth can be recovered. These amendments appropriately reflect 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not affect the 
operation of these subparagraphs. 
 
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Item 639 – Subsection 602C(6) 
1240.  Item 639 amends subsection 602C(6), which provides that for the purposes of Part 2 
of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014, a magistrate, or a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court, is an issuing officer in relation to the listed National Offshore 
Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) laws and the 
information mentioned in subsection 602C(2). This item removes the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of Judges of the Federal 
Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of the subsection. 
Item 640 – Paragraph 602C(8)(b) 
1241.  Item 640 repeals paragraph 602C(8)(b) and replaces it with a new one. Paragraph 
602C(8)(b) currently provides that for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
, the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court in relation to the 
listed NOPSEMA laws and the information mentioned in subsection 602C(2). New paragraph 
602C(8)(b) replaces the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 641 – Subsection 602D(5) 
1242.  Item 614 amends subsection 602D(5), which provides that for the purposes of Part 3 
of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014, a magistrate, or a Judge of the 
Federal Circuit Court, is an issuing officer in relation to evidential material that relates to an 
offence or civil penalty provision mentioned in subsection 602D(1). This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
Judges of the Federal Circuit Court as Judges of the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of the subsection. 
Item 642 – Paragraphs 602D(7)(b), 611B(3)(b) and 611J(3)(b) 
1243.  Item 642 repeals paragraphs 602D(7)(b), 611B(3)(b) and 611J(3)(b), which reference 
the ‘Federal Circuit Court’, and replaces them with new paragraphs. Paragraphs 602D(7)(b), 
611B(3)(b) and 611J(3)(b) provide that the Federal Circuit Court is a relevant court for the 
purposes of Parts 3, 4 and 7, respectively of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 
2014
. The new paragraphs refer to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the 
paragraphs. 
Item 643 – Paragraph 611N(3)(b) 
1244.  Item 643 repeals paragraph 611N(3)(b) and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit Court and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2);’. These subparagraphs set out forums in which 
various debts due to the Commonwealth can be recoverable. This amendment appropriately 
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reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
affect the operation of these provisions. 
Item 644 – Paragraph 634(3)(b) 
1245.  Item 644 repeals paragraph 634(3)(b) and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit Court and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2); or’. These subparagraphs set out forums in which 
various debts due to the Commonwealth can be recoverable. This amendment appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not 
affect the operation of these provisions. 
Item 645 – Subparagraphs 685(3)(b)(ii), 686(5)(b)(ii), 687(7)(b)(ii), 688(5)(b)(ii), 
688A(5)(b)(ii), 688B(5)(b)(ii), 688C(5)(b)(ii), 695L(3)(b)(ii) and 695M(7)(b)(ii) 

1246.  Item 645 repeals subparagraphs 685(3)(b)(ii), 686(5)(b)(ii), 687(7)(b)(ii), 
688(5)(b)(ii), 688A(5)(b)(ii), 688N(5)(b)(ii), 688C(5)(b)(ii), 695L(3)(b)(ii) and 
695M(7)(b)(ii) and substitutes ‘the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2); or’. These subparagraphs set out forums in which various debts due to the 
Commonwealth can be recoverable. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation 
of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and do not affect the operation of these 
provisions. 
 
Ombudsman Act 1976  
Item 646 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of chief executive officer) 
1247.  Item 646 inserts a new definition of ‘chief executive officer’ into subsection 3(1) to 
the Ombudsman Act 1976. The definition largely replicates the effect of the current definition 
of ‘chief executive officer of a court or tribunal’ in the Act, with one key difference. Under 
the new court structure, the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Circuit Court 
and will be abolished. The Chief Justice of the FCFC (Division 1) and the Chief Judge of the 
FCFC (Division 2) will now be supported by the Chief Executive Officer and Principal 
Registrar of the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 1). This change is reflected in the 
new definition. The item also includes some minor stylistic changes compared with the 
current wording of the definition, which clarify that the ‘chief executive officer’ means a 
specific person in relation to a specified court or tribunal. 
Item 647 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of chief executive officer of a court or tribunal) 
1248.  Item 647 repeals the definition of ‘chief executive officer of a court or tribunal’ in 
subsection 3(1). Due to the amendments made by item 646 above, inserting a new definition 
of ‘chief executive officer’, this definition is no longer necessary.  
Item 648 – Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (bb) of the definition of prescribed authority
1249.  Item 648 repeals paragraph (bb) of the definition of ‘prescribed authority’ in 
subsection 3(1) of the Act. Currently, paragraph (bb) of the definition of prescribed authority 
means a chief executive officer of a court or tribunal. Following the amendments made by 
item 646 above, item 647 substitutes a new paragraph (bb) of the definition, which provides 
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‘a chief executive officer, in relation to a court or tribunal’. The amendment is consequential 
and does not change the meaning of the definition.  
Item 649 – Subsection 3(1) (subparagraph (c)(i) of the definition of prescribed authority
1250.  Item 649 repeals subparagraph (c)(i) of the definition of ‘prescribed authority’ in 
subsection 3(1), and substitutes it with a new subparagraph (c)(i). The new subparagraph 
provides that the definition of prescribed authority means the person holding or performing 
the duties of an office established by an enactment other than the chief executive officer, in 
relation to a court or tribunal, or a person who, for the purposes of the Act, is to be taken to be 
a member of the staff of a court or tribunal. This follows the amendment made by item 648 
above. The amendment is consequential and does not change the meaning of the definition. 
Item 650 – Paragraph 3(14)(a) 
1251.  Item 650 repeals paragraph 3(14)(a) and replaces it with a new paragraph. Paragraph 
3(14)(a) provides that for the purposes of the Act the officers (other than the chief executive 
officer) of a court or tribunal are taken to be members of the staff of the chief executive 
officer of the court or tribunal. The item inserts a new paragraph 3(14)(a) which, when read 
with item 651, provides that for the purposes of the Act the officers of a court or tribunal 
(other than the chief executive officer) are to be taken to be members of the staff of the court 
or tribunal. This amendment in this particular item is a stylistic change and does not change 
the operation of paragraph (a). 
Item 651 – Subsection 3(14) 
1252.  Item 651 amends subsection 3(14). Subsection (14) currently provides that for the 
purposes of the Act the persons specified are taken to be members of the staff of the chief 
executive officer of the court or tribunal. The item amends this section to provide that, for the 
purposes of the Act, the persons specified are taken to be members of the staff of the court or 
tribunal. This amendment is made to more accurately reflect the functions of the persons 
specified. 
Item 652 – Paragraph 3(16)(a) 
1253.  Item 652 repeals paragraph 3(16)(a), which provides that in relation to anything that 
concerns a chief executive officer of a court or tribunal a reference to which this subsection 
applies has effect in accordance with subsection 3(18). The item inserts a new paragraph (a), 
which provides that in relation to anything that concerns a chief executive officer of a court 
or tribunal a reference to which this subsection applies has effect in accordance with 
subsection 3(18). The amendment is consequential and does not change the operation of the 
paragraph. 
Item 653 – Paragraph 3(18)(a) 
1254.  Item 653 repeals paragraph 3(18)(a), which provides that a reference to which 
subsection 3(16) applies is to be read in the case of the chief executive officer of a court as a 
reference to the chief justice or chief judge (however described) of the court. The item 
substitutes a new paragraph 3(18)(a), which provides that ‘in the case of the chief executive 
officer, in relation to a court, the reference is to be read as a reference to the chief justice or 
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chief judge (however described) of the court’. The amendment is consequential and does not 
change the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 654 – Paragraph 3(18)(c) 
1255.  Item 654 amends paragraph 3(18)(c). Paragraph (c) provides that a reference to which 
subsection 3(16) applies is to be read, in the case of the chief executive officer of a tribunal 
other than the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as a reference to the president or principal 
member (however described) of the tribunal or, if the tribunal consists of a single member, as 
a reference to that member. The item omits the words ‘chief executive officer of a tribunal 
other than the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’ and substitutes them with ‘chief executive 
officer, in relation to a tribunal (other than the Administrative Appeals Tribunal)’. This 
amendment is a stylistic change and does not change the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 655 – Paragraph 5(2)(ba) 
1256.  Item 655 amends paragraph 5(2)(ba), which provides that the Ombudsman is not 
authorised to investigate action by the chief executive officer of a court or by a person who, 
for the purposes of the Act, is to be taken to be a member of the staff of the chief executive 
officer of a court when exercising a power of the court when performing a function, or 
exercising a power, of a judicial nature. The item removes the words ‘chief executive officer 
of a court or by a person who, for the purposes of this Act, is to be taken to be a member of 
the staff of the chief executive officer of a court’. The item substitutes the words ‘chief 
executive officer, in relation to a court, or by a person who, for the purposes of this Act, is to 
be taken to be a member of the staff of a court’. This amendment is a stylistic change and 
does not change the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 656 – Subsection 16(5) 
1257.  Item 656 amends subsection 16(5), which relates to the operation of subsections 16(1) 
to (3) in the case of an Ombudsman’s report relating to a prescribed authority constituted by 
the chief executive officer of a court or tribunal. The item omits the words ‘chief executive 
officer of a court’ in the opening of the section and replaces them with ‘chief executive 
officer, in relation to a court or tribunal’. This amendment is a stylistic change and does not 
change the operation of the paragraph. 
Item 657 – Paragraph 16(5)(a) 
1258.  Item 657 amends paragraph 16(5)(a), which provides that, for the purposes of 
subsection (5), if an Ombudsman’s report relates to the chief executive officer of a court, a 
reference to the Prime Minister is to be read as a reference to the chief justice or chief judge 
(however described) of the court, as the case requires. The item omits the words ‘chief 
executive officer of a court’ and substitutes them with ‘chief executive officer, in relation to a 
court’. This amendment is a stylistic change and does not change the operation of the 
paragraph. 
Item 658 – Paragraph 16(5)(c) 
1259.  Item 658 amends paragraph 16(5)(c) of the Act, which provides that, for the purposes 
of subsection (5), if the report relates to the chief executive officer of a tribunal other than the 
Administrative Appeals Tribunal a reference to the Prime Minister is to be read as a reference 
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to the president or principal member (however described) of the tribunal or, if the tribunal 
consists of a single member, as a reference to that member. The item omits the words ‘chief 
executive officer of a tribunal other than the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’ and substitutes 
them with ‘chief executive officer, in relation to a tribunal (other than the Administrative 
Appeals Tribunal)’. This amendment is a stylistic change and does not change the operation 
of the paragraph. 
 
Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989  
Item 659 – Section 7 (paragraph (b) of the definition of designated court
1260.  Item 659 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘designated court’ within section 7 
of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989. Paragraph (b) 
currently provides a reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’. The item substitutes a new 
paragraph (b) which replaces this reference with ‘the Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2); or’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the 
Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantially change the operation of the 
definition. 
Item 660 – Section 7 (paragraph (b) of the definition of designated court
1261.  Item 660 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from section 7. The 
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as FCFC 
(Division 2). Where reference is made to the FCFC (Division 2) in the Act, the reference is 
provided in full. 
 
Paid Parental Leave Act 2010  
Item 661 – Section 6 (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1262.  Item 661 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from section 6 of the Paid 
Parental Leave Act 2010
. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court 
will be continued as FCFC (Division 2). Where reference is made to the ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’ in the Act, the reference is provided in full. 
Item 662 – Paragraph 147(3)(b) 
1263.  Item 662 repeals paragraph 147(3)(b), which provides that the Federal Circuit Court is 
a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty provisions of the Act for the purposes of Part 4 
of the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014. The item substitutes a new 
paragraph 147(3)(b), which removes the reference to the Federal Circuit Court and replaces it 
with a reference to the FCFC (Division 2). The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of paragraph 147(3)(b). 
 
 
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Item 663 – Subsection 156(5) 
1264.  Item 663 amends subsection 156(5), which provides that the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court may order a person to comply with a request under subsection 156(1) in 
a specified way. Only the Secretary may apply to the court for an order under subsection 
156(5). This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with a 
reference to ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and does not substantively alter the operation of the subsection. 
Item 664 – Subsection 200D(1) (note) 
1265.  Item 664 amends the note at subsection 200D(1), which provides that Subdivision E, 
Division 7A, of Part 4-3 of the Act deals with appeals to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court against the making of departure prohibition orders. This item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
intentions of the note. 
Item 665 – Subsection 200N(1) 
1266.  Item 665 amends subsection 200N(1), which provides that a person aggrieved by the 
making of a departure prohibition order may appeal to the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court against the making of the order. Item 665 removes the reference to the ‘Federal 
Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the subsection. 
Item 666 – Section 297 
1267.  Item 666 amends section 297, which provides a guide to the interpretation of Part 6-3 
of the Act. The item omits the words ‘Division 3 confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court 
and the Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them with ‘Division 3 confers jurisdiction on the 
Federal Court and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
Item 667 – Section 301 (heading) 
1268.  Item 667 amends the heading to section 301, which reads ‘Jurisdiction of Federal 
Circuit Court’. The item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it 
with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The new heading reads 
‘Jurisdiction of Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’.  
Item 668 – Section 301 
1269.  Item 668 amends section 301, which provides that jurisdiction is conferred on the 
Federal Circuit Court in relation to civil matters arising under the Act. The item removes the 
reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
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the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively alter the 
operation of the section. 
 
Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017  
Item 669 – Section 5 (paragraph (b) of the definition of relevant court
1270.  Item 669 repeals paragraph (b) of the definition of ‘relevant court’ in section 5 of the 
Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017. Section 5 provides definitions for terms in the 
Act. The item substitutes a new paragraph (b), which replaces the reference to the Federal 
Circuit Court with the FCFC (Division 2). The amendment appropriately reflects the 
continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively 
alter the operation of the definition. 
 
Personal Property Securities Act 2009  
Item 670 – Section 10  
1271.  Item 670 repeals the definitions of ‘Family Court’ and ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in 
section 10 of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009. Section 10 provides definitions for 
terms contained within the Act. The definition of Family Court is no longer required as the 
Family Court will be continued as FCFC (Division 1). Similarly, the definition of Federal 
Circuit Court is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the 
FCFC (Division 2). Where reference is made to the FCFC (Division 1) or the FCFC 
(Division 2) in the Act, the references are provided in full.  
Item 671 – Section 205 
1272.  Item 671 amends section 205, which provides a guide to Part 6.2 of the Act relating to 
judicial proceedings generally. The item omits the paragraph of the guide which refers to the 
Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. It substitutes a revised paragraph which replaces 
the references to those courts with references to the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 
2). This reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2), respectively. 
Item 672 – Section 206(1)(b) 
1273.  Item 672 amends section 206(1)(b), which deals with the scope of Part 6.2 in relation 
to judicial proceedings. This item replaces the reference to the Federal Circuit Court with the 
FCFC (Division 2). This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively change the operation of 
the section. 
Item 673 – Section 207 (after table item 1) 
1274.  Item 673 amends the table in section 207, which confers jurisdiction on certain courts 
in relation to civil matters arising under the Act and places specified limits on the exercise of 
that jurisdiction. This item inserts a new item 1A after item 1 of the table, including the 
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FCFC (Division 1) in the column titled ‘Court on which jurisdiction is conferred’ and 
provides that this court has ‘No specified limits’ in the column titled ‘Limits of jurisdiction’. 
This amendment replaces item 4 of the table, which provides that the Family Court has no 
specified limits in its jurisdiction. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of 
the Family Court as the FCFC (Division 1) and does not substantively change the operation 
of the table. 
Item 674 – Section 207 (cell at table item 2, column headed ‘Court on which jurisdiction 
is conferred’) 

1275.  Item 674 amends the table in section 207, which confers jurisdiction on certain courts 
in relation to civil matters arising under the Act and places specified limits of the exercise of 
that jurisdiction. This item removes the reference to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ at item 2 in 
the column titled ‘Court on which jurisdiction is conferred’ and replaces it with a reference to 
the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively change the operation of the table.  
Item 675 – Section 207 (table item 4) 
1276.  Item 675 amends the table in section 207, which confers jurisdiction on certain courts 
in relation to civil matters arising under the Act and places specified limits of the exercise of 
that jurisdiction. This item removes item 4 of the table. This is because item 673 inserts a 
new table item 1A, which outlines the jurisdiction for the FCFC (Division 1). As the Family 
Court continues to operate as the FCFC (Division 1), item 4 of the table is no longer 
necessary.  
Item 676 – Section 208 (table) 
1277.  Item 676 amends the table in section 208, which prevents cross-jurisdiction in certain 
courts on appeals relating to civil matters arising under the Act. This item repeals the table 
and inserts a new table which contains no references to the Family Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court. The table contains new references to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 1)’ and ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), respectively.  
1278.  This item inserts new item 1 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of the Federal Court to the FCFC (Division 1) to the FCFC 
(Division 2), or to a State or Territory Court. 
1279.  This item inserts new item 2 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of the FCFC (Division 1) to the Federal Court, the FCFC (Division 
2), or to a State or Territory Court. 
1280.  This item inserts new item 3 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of the FCFC (Division 2) to a State or Territory Court. 
1281.  This item inserts new item 4 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of a court of a State (other than a State Family Court) to the Federal 
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Court, the FCFC (Division 1), the FCFC (Division 2), to a State or Territory Court, or to a 
State Family Court of the same State.  
1282.  This item inserts new item 5 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of a court of the Australian Capital Territory to the Federal Court, 
the FCFC (Division 1), the FCFC (Division 2), to a State Court, or to the Court of another 
Territory.  
1283.  This item inserts new item 6 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of a court of the Northern Territory to the Federal Court, the FCFC 
(Division 1), the FCFC (Division 2), to a State Court, or to the Court of another Territory. 
1284.  This item inserts new item 7 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of a court of an external Territory to the FCFC (Division 1), the 
FCFC (Division 2), or to a Court of a State or another Territory (whether internal or external). 
1285.  This item inserts new item 8 of the table which provides that an appeal may not be 
instituted from a decision of a State Family Court to the Federal Court, the FCFC (Division 
2), to the Supreme Court of the same State, or to a Court of another State or Territory.  
Item 677 – Subsection 210(2) (table) 
1286.  Item 677 amends the table in subsection 210(2), which deals with the application of 
Division 3 of Part 6.2 of the Act. Item 677 repeals the table and inserts a new table which 
contains no references to the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. The table replaces 
these references with references to the FCFC (Division 1) and FCFC (Division 2). This 
appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, as 
the FCFC (Division 1) and the FCFC (Division 2), respectively.  
1287.  This item also introduces a new line in the table, providing that other legislation 
applies when the Federal Court is both the transferring court and the receiving court. 
Amendments will be made to the Federal Court Act to introduce a new provision 
(section 32AC) allowing the Federal Court to transfer a matter, either on the application of a 
party or on the Court’s own initiative, from the FCFC (Division 2) to the Federal Court. This 
will allow the Federal Court to uplift matters from the FCFC (Division 2) where it considers 
it is appropriate to do so. 
Item 678 – Subsection 210(2) (note 1) 
1288.  Item 678 amends note 1 of subsection 210(2) by replacing the reference to the 
‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. 
Note 1 provides that the Federal Circuit Court can transfer a matter to the Federal Court with 
a recommendation that the Federal Court transfer the matter to a superior court other than the 
Federal Court. The amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit 
Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively change the intention of the note. 
Item 679 – Subsection 210(2) (note 2) 
1289.  Item 679 repeals note 2 of subsection 210(2) and replaces it with a new note 2. Note 2 
gives further detail as to which legislation is in scope for the operation of the subsection. New 
note 2 refers to the correct provisions relating to transfers between the courts specified in 
subsection 210(2).  
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Item 680 – Subsection 211(3) (paragraph (a) of the definition of lower court
1290.  Item 680 amends subsection 211(3), which deals with the exercise of transfer powers 
between courts. It repeals paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘lower court’ under subsection 
211(3), defined as the ‘Federal Circuit Court’, and replaces it with a new definition which 
refers to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This appropriately 
reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively change the operation of the definition. 
Item 681 – Subsection 211(3) (paragraph (a) of the definition of relevant superior court
1291.  Item 681 amends subsection 211(3), which deals with the exercise of transfer powers 
between courts. It amends the definition of ‘relevant superior court’ under subsection 211(3), 
which is defined as the Federal Court in relation to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’, and provides 
that it is the Federal Court in relation to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2)’. This appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively change the operation of the definition. 
Item 682 – Subsection 211(3) (after paragraph (a) of the definition of superior court
1292.  Item 682 amends subsection 211(3), which deals with the exercise of transfer powers 
between courts. It inserts new paragraph (aa) in the definition of ‘superior court’, providing 
that ‘superior court’ means the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1); 
or’. This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as 
the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively change the operation of the definition. 
Item 683 – Subsection 211(3) (paragraph (c) of the definition of superior court
1293.  Item 683 repeals subsection 211(3), which deals with the exercise of transfer powers 
between courts. It repeals paragraph (c) under the definition of ‘superior court’, which refers 
to the Family Court. This change appropriately reflects the continuation of the Family Court 
as the FCFC (Division 1), which is inserted as new paragraph (aa) in the definition of 
‘superior court’ by item 682 above.  
Item 684 – Subsections 221(3) and 222(3) 
1294.  Item 684 amends both subsections 221(3) and 222(3) which deal with civil penalty 
provisions and enforceable undertakings, respectively. This item repeals paragraphs (b) under 
both subsections which currently refer to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’, and 
substitutes them with new paragraphs (b) which refer to the ‘Federal Circuit and Family 
Court of Australia (Division 2);’. This appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal 
Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not substantively change the operation of 
these subsections. 
 
Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017  
Item 685 – Subparagraphs 33(2)(f)(ii) and 35(2)(b)(ii) 
1295.  Item 685 amends subparagraphs 33(2)(f)(ii) and 35(2)(b)(ii) of the Petroleum and 
Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017
. Subparagraph 33(2)(f)(ii) provides that the Federal Circuit 
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Court of Australia is a relevant court for the purposes of Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers 
(Standard Provisions) Act 2014
, as that Part applies in relation to the information mentioned 
in subsection (1). Subparagraph 35(2)(b)(ii) deals with civil penalty provisions and provides 
the Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a relevant court in relation to the civil penalty 
provisions of the Act for the purposes of Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers (Standard 
Provisions) Act 2014
. This item removes the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from 
both subparagraphs and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia 
(Division 2);’. This appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) and does not substantively change 
the operation of these paragraphs. 
 
Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994  
Item 686 – Subsection 3(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1296.  Item 686 repeals the definition of ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in section 3. Section 3 
provides definitions of expressions used in the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994. The 
definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be continued as the FCFC 
(Division 2). Where references in the Act are made to the FCFC (Division 2), the reference is 
provided in full. 
Item 687 – Paragraphs 39(5)(b) and 50(7)(b) 
1297.  Item 687 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 39 provides provisional protection to 
applicants for a plant breeder’s right, whose rights may cease to apply due to a variety of 
circumstances outlined in subsection 39(2). Section 50 provides circumstances in which the 
Secretary must or may revoke a plant breeder’s right. Paragraphs 39(5)(b) and 50(7)(b) 
clarify that nothing in section 39 or 50 affects the powers of the Federal Court, the Federal 
Circuit Court, or a Judge of those courts, under subsections 44A(2) or 44A(2A) of the 
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, respectively. This is a consequential amendment 
to reflect the new name of the Court and does not alter the powers or functions conferred 
under section 39 or 50. 
Item 688 – Subsections 54(1) and 55(1) 
1298.  Item 688 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Section 54 provides actions that can be taken in the 
event of an infringement of a plant breeder’s right. Section 55 provides for the circumstances 
and procedure for a declaration as to non-infringement of a plant’s breeder’s right that may 
be applied for. Both an action for infringement and an application for a declaration as to non-
infringement were able to be made to the Federal Circuit Court, which can now be made to 
the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2). This is a consequential 
amendment to reflect the new name of the Court and does not alter the powers or functions 
conferred under section 54 or 55. 
 
 
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Item 689 – Subsections 56(1) (note) 
1299.  Item 689 repeals the note in subsection 56(1) and inserts two notes to clarify that a 
matter may be transferred to the Federal Court by the FCFC (Division 2) under clause 153 of 
the FCFC Bill, and that a matter may be transferred from the FCFC (Division 2) by the 
Federal Court under section 32AC of the Federal Court Act.  
Item 690 – Paragraph 56(2)(a) 
1300.  Item 690 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This is a consequential amendment to reflect the new 
name of the Court and does not alter the jurisdiction of the Federal Court conferred under 
section 56(2). 
Item 691 – Section 56A (heading) 
1301.  Item 691 replaces the reference to ‘Federal Circuit Court’ with ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. This is a consequential amendment to reflect the new 
name of the Court. This amendment reflects further amendments that are made in this bill to 
subsections of section 56A. 
Item 692 – Subsections 56A(1), (3), (3A) and (4) 
1302.  Item 692 amends subsections 56A(1), (3), (3A) and (4) of the Act, which deal with 
the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court. Subsection 56A(1) provides that the Federal 
Circuit Court has jurisdiction with respect to matters in which actions may, under Part 5 of 
the Act, be begun in the Federal Circuit Court. Subsection 56A(3) provides that the relief that 
the Federal Circuit Court may grant in an action or proceeding for infringement of a plant 
breeders’ right includes an injunction (subject to such terms, if any, as the Federal Circuit 
Court thinks fit) and, at the option of the plaintiff, either damages or an account of profits. 
Subsection 56A(3A) provides that the Federal Circuit Court may include an additional 
amount in an assessment of damages if it considers it appropriate to do so. 
1303.  Subsection 56A(4) provides that the regulations may make provision in relation to the 
practice and procedure of the Federal Circuit Court in actions under this Act, including 
provision prescribing the time within which any action may be begun, or any other act or 
thing may be done, and providing for the extension of any such time. This item removes the 
references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in these subsections and replaces them with ‘Federal 
Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendment appropriately reflects 
the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) and does not 
substantively alter the operation of the subsections. 
Item 693 – Subsection 56A(5) 
1304.  Item 693 repeals and replaces subsection 56A(5), which provides that 
subsection 56A(4) does not limit the power of the Judges of the Federal Circuit Court, or a 
majority of them, to make Rules of Court under section 81 of the Federal Circuit Court Act 
that are consistent with the regulations referred to in that subsection.  
1305.  New subsection 56A(5) provides that subsection (4) does not limit the power of the 
Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) to make Rules of Court under Chapter 4 of the FCFC 
Bill that are consistent with the regulations referred to in that subsection. The amendment 
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reflects the proposed new power of the Chief Judge of the FCFC (Division 2) to make Rules 
of Court for the FCFC (Division 2), rather than the Judges or a majority of Judges. The 
amendment also refers to the correct provision for the rule-making power for the FCFC 
(Division 2).  
Item 694 – Subsections 57A(1) and (2) 
1306.  Item 694 omits the words ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and substitutes ‘Federal Circuit and 
Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. Subsections 57A(1) and (2) outlines what recourse a 
person is threatened by another with proceedings for infringing the Plant Breeder’s Rights 
has in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court. It also outlines what constitutes threats. 
This amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and do not affect the operation of these provisions. 
Items 695 and 696 – Section 57B and Section 72 
1307.  Items 695 and 696 amend section 57B and section 72 respectively. Section 57B 
outlines the powers of the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court to grant relief sought by an 
applicant under section 57A. Section 72 provides subject to any other law of the 
Commonwealth, including Rules of Court of the High Court, the Federal Court or the Federal 
Circuit Court, an application, a written submission or any other document may be prepared or 
lodged, and any business may be transacted, for the purposes of this Act, by one person on 
behalf of another person.  
1308.  These items remove the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them 
with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The amendments 
appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC (Division 2) 
and do not substantively alter the operation of the subsections. 
 
Privacy Act 1988  
Item 697 – Subsection 6(1) (definition of Federal Circuit Court
1309.  Item 697 repeals the definition of the Federal Circuit Court in subsection 6(1) of the 
Privacy Act 1988. The definition is no longer required as the Federal Circuit Court will be 
continued as Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2). Where reference is 
made to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) in the Act, the 
reference is provided in full.  
Item 698 – Section 19 
1310.  Item 698 amends section 19, which provides a guide to the interpretation of Part IIIA 
of the Act. This item omits the words ‘Division 7 provides for compensation orders, and 
other orders, to be made by the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces them 
with ‘Division 7 provides for compensation orders, and other orders, to be made by the 
Federal Court or Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2).’. The 
amendment appropriately reflects the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and does not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
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Item 699 – Subsections 25(1) and 25A(2) 
1311.  Item 699 amends subsections 25(1) and 25A(2). Subsection 25(1) provides the 
circumstances in which the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may order an entity to 
compensate a person for loss or damage (including injury to the person’s feelings or 
humiliation) suffered by the person. Subsection 25A(2) provides that the Federal Court or the 
Federal Circuit Court may make such orders as the Court considers appropriate against the 
entity to compensate the person or prevent or reduce the loss or damage suffered by the 
person. This item removes the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ in both subsections 
and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
Item 700 – Section 55A (heading) 
1312.  Item 700 amends the heading to section 55A, which reads ‘Proceedings in the Federal 
Court or Federal Circuit Court to enforce a determination’. The item removes the reference to 
the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ and replaces it with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of 
Australia (Division 2)’. The heading will now read ‘Proceedings in the Federal Court or 
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) to enforce a determination’. 
Item 701 – Subsections 55A(1) and 62(1) and (2) 
1313.  Item 701 amends subsections 55A(1), 62(1) and (2). Subsection 55A(1) specifies who 
may commence proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order to 
enforce a determination. Subsections 62(1) and (2) deal with the enforcement of 
determinations against an agency. Subsection 62(1) provides that if an agency fails to comply 
with section 58, an application may be made to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court 
for an order directing the agency to comply. Subsection 62(2) provides that if the principal 
executive of an agency fails to comply with section 59, an application may be made to the 
Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for an order directing the principal executive to 
comply. This item removes the references to the Federal Circuit Court from these subsections 
and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)’. The 
amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the FCFC 
(Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
Item 702 – Paragraphs 63(2)(a) and (b) 
1314.  Item 702 amends paragraphs 63(2)(a) and (b), which deal with legal assistance. 
Paragraph 63(2)(a) provides that a person who has commenced or proposes to commence 
proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under section 55 may apply to 
the Attorney-General for the provision of assistance under section 63 in respect of the 
proceedings. Paragraph 63(2)(b) provides that a person who has engaged in conduct or is 
alleged to have engaged in conduct in respect of which proceedings have been commenced in 
the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under section 55 may apply to the 
Attorney-General for the provision of assistance under section 63 in respect of the 
proceedings. This item removes the references to the ‘Federal Circuit Court’ from both 
paragraphs and replaces them with ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 
2)’. The amendments appropriately reflect the continuation of the Federal Circuit Court as the 
FCFC (Division 2) and do not substantively alter the operation of the section. 
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