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Family Law System Being Scrutinised to Better Meet the Needs of Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 17, 2010

Family Law System Being Scrutinised to Better Meet the Needs of Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Family Law System Being Scrutinised to Better Meet the Needs of Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has requested that the Family Law Council examine how the family law system can be improved to better meet the needs of Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients.

“It is imperative that our family law system meets the needs of all families,” Mr McClelland said.

“To ensure this I have asked the Family Law Council to conduct two references – one to look at the particular needs of Indigenous clients, and one to look at the needs of CALD clients.”

The Government has requested that the Council consider how the family law system, encompassing the Courts, legal assistance and family relationship services meet, or could better meet, the needs of these client groups.

The references also look at what considerations are taken into account when applying the Family Law Act 1975 to Indigenous and CALD clients.

The examination of these issues forms part of the Government’s commitment to improving access to justice for all Australians and is consistent with the Indigenous Law and Justice Framework developed by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General.

The Family Law Council will provide a report to the Attorney-General by November 2011.

The terms of reference are available at: www.ag.gov.au/flc


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