The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court accepts the following types of payment:

Payment type Instructions
Credit/debit card
(VISA and Mastercard)
Accepted online, by mail and in person.
NOTE: Proof of divorce can only be paid online and cannot be paid by mail or in person.
Eftpos (CHQ or SAV) Only accepted if paid in person
Direct debit (registered accounts only) Direct debit accounts are only available for lawyers and law firms and can be used for filing fees payable using the portal, by mail and in person (see below).

* From 1 March 2017 the courts no longer accept cheque (and money order) payments. For more information see the Changing the way you pay page.

* From 1 March 2017 the courts no longer accept cheque (and money order) payments. For more information see the Changing the way you pay page.

NOTE: If you DO NOT have a credit/debit card you can buy a pre-paid debit card from the Post Office for a nominal fee. For more information on Load & Go Reloadable pre-paid VISA cards visit the Australia Post website.

Online payments when eFiling

When you eFile (using the Portal - www.comcourts.gov.au) you will be required to pay the filing fee online by credit/debit card (VISA and Mastercard) in order to file your application/documents.

See note above about pre-paid debit card options if you do not have a credit card.

Lawyers can set up direct debit account for efiling, see information below.

Online payment of court event fees

Court event fees can be paid online. Once you receive a statement with your PID number, you can go to Online Payments and pay by credit/debit card (VISA and Mastercard) using our secure online payment system.

Credit card payment form

This form must be included with any mailed documents. Please do not fax this form unless you have been directly requested to do so by the Court.

This form must be included with any mailed documents. Please do not fax this form unless you have been directly requested to do so by the Court.

NOTE: This form cannot be used for payment for proof of divorce. You must use the online interactive form or contact the NEC by live chat.

Direct debit accounts for lawyers and firms

Lawyers and firms can set up a direct debit account by completing the direct debit request form. Direct debit accounts are NOT available for individuals.

NOTE: Direct debit can only be used for payment of filing fees. Payments for court event fees should be made via eservices and payments for proof of divorce should be made via the request proof of divorce online interactive form.

Things to remember

  • For proof of divorce you must use the online interactive form. You cannot pay for proof of divorce in person or by mail.
  • If you are making a payment for the Court to find and copy documents, allow 7-10 working days from receipt of your payment to the delivery of your documents. This does not include mail time.
  • When collecting documents in person, a receipt of payment must be shown before the documents will be provided.
  • If you are paying with a credit card through the mail, you must complete the Credit Card Payment Form.
  • If you are paying with a credit card through the mail, you must complete the Credit Card Payment Form.