The Courts accept payments for fees in different ways depending on whether the matter is family law, or general federal law (eg. migration, fair work, bankruptcy). Select the type of matter you need to pay for below, to find out information on how to pay your fees:

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court accepts the following types of payment for family law matters:

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).

* The courts no longer accept cheque (and money order) payments.

NOTE: If you DO NOT have a credit/debit card you can buy a pre-paid debit card from various retail outlets for a nominal fee.

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 can only be used for Family Law payments and 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.

The Federal Circuit Court accepts the following types of payment for general federal law matters (eg. migration, bankruptcy, fair work):

Payment type

Instructions

Credit/debit card (VISA, Mastercard and American Express)

Accepted online, by mail and in person.

Eftpos (CHQ or SAV)

Only accepted if paid in person

Cheque

Accepted by mail and in person.

* The courts no longer accept cash payments.

Filing fees

For payments relating to filing fees, these payments can be made via eLodgment  or over the counter. Information about eLodgment payments  is available on the eLodgment section of the Court’s website.

Other fees

For making payments to the Court for other fees such as hearing fees, file inspection fees, etc. you can go to the Online Payments page linked below and pay by credit card using a secure online payment system.

Use this form to pay an invoice issued by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - General Federal Law.

This form CANNOT be used to file documents or pay filing fees. Use eLodgment  for this purpose.

This form CANNOT be used to pay departmental invoices such as video conferencing fees. For these payments, follow the instructions on the invoice.

Pay invoice by credit card 

NOTE: this facility should only be used AFTER you have been issued with an invoice number by the Court