The Family Court has an official Twitter account — @FamilyCourtAU. Currently this is the only official social media account of the Court.
What you can expect from us
If you follow us on Twitter, you can expect short updates with the latest news, information, services and judgments (at least three times per week). This includes notification of:
- registry closures
- legislation and rules changes
- selected job vacancies
- new publications and forms and changes to existing ones, and
- media releases.
While the Court endeavours to ensure the information published on our Twitter feed is current and accurate at the time of publication, we advise you to always verify its currency and relevance for your purposes as it could be subject to change over time.
Remember, any posts you make on any social networking websites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are publicly viewable and searchable. Please be aware that what you post may remain online indefinitely and can be found through search engines and online archives.
We ask that you protect your personal privacy and the privacy of others by not posting personal information on the Court’s social networking account. Unlike other jurisdictions, very strict rules apply to repeating information about family law proceedings and the disclosure of personal or identifying information about parties to family law matters under the Family Law Act 1975 – SECT 121. Penalties of up to one year imprisonment can apply.
The Family Court records all information posted to the Court’s Twitter page and use that information for the purpose of administering the Twitter page and considering and/or addressing any comments made.
If you have a question about your personal circumstances, or want to make a formal enquiry, comment or provide feedback to the Court, contact the Court’s National Enquiry Centre by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 352 000.
Reporting and publication of family law matters
The Family Law Act restricts how court proceedings are recorded and what information can be published or broadcast, including on social networking sites.
Section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975 makes it an offence to publish proceedings or images that identify people involved in family law proceedings unless a Publication Order has been made or another s 121 exemption applies.
Section 97 of the Family Law Act provides that all proceedings are held in open court unless the Court decides otherwise.
Penalties of up to one year imprisonment can apply for breaches of s 121.
The Family Court respects your right to privacy and the security of your information. We ask that you protect your personal privacy and the privacy of others by not posting personal information on the Court’s Twitter feed or any other social networking accounts.
Postings will be regularly reviewed during business hours. Posts that contain personal information and/or inappropriate language and are potentially offensive or defamatory will be removed.
You can read more about the Court’s commitments and legal obligations in the fact sheet 'The Courts and your privacy'. The fact sheet includes details about information protection under the privacy laws and where privacy laws do not apply.
Social media disclaimer
Twitter is an external site and when using it you are bound by the terms and conditions of use of that site. We encourage you to review the legal policies of that site for further information. The Court does not endorse, and is not accountable for any views expressed by third parties using that site.
Court staff may use social media for personal and professional reasons, however are not representing the Court when doing so. All court staff are governed by the Court’s social media policy. The use of social media by public servants is also governed by the APS Values and Code of Conduct. Public servants are expected to maintain the same high standards of conduct and behaviour online as would be expected through other channels.