The fees payable in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court are changing from 1 July 2018.

The table below shows the current fees payable and the new fees from 1 July.

Family Court of Australia

FILING FEES Current Fees New Fees
from 1 July
Application for consent orders $160 $165
Application for decree as to nullity $1225 $1275
Application for decree as to nullity - reduced fee^ $410 $425
Application as to validity of Marriage, Divorce Annulment $1225 $1275
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $330 $345
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $445* $465*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $545 $565
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $660* $685*
Response to initiating application (Final) $330 $345
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $115 $120
Notice of appeal to the full court including an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court $1305 $1360
Application for leave to appeal $1305 $1360
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $115 $120
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $105 $110
Issue subpoena $55 $55
COURT EVENT FEES    
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $825 $860
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $825 $860
Conciliation conference $380 $395

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

FILING FEES Current Fees New Fees
from 1 July
Application for divorce $845 $900
Application for divorce — reduced fee^ $280 $300
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $320 $345
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $430* $465*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $530 $565
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $640* $685*
Response to initiating application (Final) $320 $345
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $110 $120
Issue subpoena $55 $55
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $110 $120
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $100 $110
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $590 $630
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $590 $630
Conciliation conference $370 $395

* Initiating applications that seek interim AND final orders also attract the interim order fee. Example:

  • Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial) $565 + Interim order application $120 = Total filing fee $685
  • Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final) $345 + Interim order application $120 = Total filing fee $465

If you hold certain Government concession cards or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be eligible for:
^ a reduced fee for an application for divorce (both parties must be eligible if filing a joint application) or decree of nullity.

For all other applications you may be eligible for an exemption of fees. See the Guidelines for exemption of court fees at www.familycourt.gov.au and www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

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