NOTE: The fees payable in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court are changing from 1 July 2016 as a result of the biennial increase. View the new fees.

NOTE: The fees payable in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court are changing from 1 July 2016 as a result of the biennial increase. View the new fees.

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia do not set the fees payable in the courts. Fees are set by Federal Government regulations - Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.

GST does not apply to court fees.

Family Court of Australia

FILING FEES
Application for consent orders $155
Application for decree as to nullity $1195
Application for decree as to nullity - reduced fee^ $395
Application as to validity of Marriage, Divorce Annulment $1195
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $320
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $430*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $530
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $640*
Response to initiating application (Final) $320
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $110
Notice of appeal to the full court including an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court $1270
Application for leave to appeal $1270
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $110
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $100
Issue subpoena $55
COURT EVENT FEES
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $805
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $805
Conciliation conference $370

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

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

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

  • Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial) $530 + Interim order application $110 = Total filing fee $640
  • Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final) $320 + Interim order application $110 = Total filing fee $430

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.

Payment for filing and event based fees can be made in registries via:

  • eftpos
  • debit card
  • credit card

or by mail using:

  • VISA and Mastercard

Some court filing fees can also be paid online when filing using the Commonwealth Courts Portal www.comcourts.gov.au

Court event fees can also be paid online (once you have received a statement with your PID number) via eservices.comcourts.gov.au

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the ‘Family Court and Federal Circuit Court’

Credit card payment form

You may need this form when making a payment.

This form must be included with any mailed application or request when you pay by credit card. Please do not fax this form unless you have been directly requested to do so by the Court. 

The Credit card payment form is available on the forms page.

The Credit card payment form is available on the forms page.

These fees apply from 1 July 2014 and are set by Federal Government regulations Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.