As part of our commitment to the Government’s digital continuity policy, the Court is changing the way court orders are accessed.

The move to digital court orders commenced in July 2017 and from 1 January 2018 the Court will no longer post hard copies of sealed orders, including divorce orders by mail.

Court orders (except appeals and consent orders) are signed and sealed electronically and available to download from the Commonwealth Courts Portal (the Portal). The Portal provides users with secure web-based access to their court file and documents including divorce and court orders.

Note: Orders made on Appeal matters and Applications for Consent orders are not available via the Portal at this stage.

The following is a complete guide to registering for the Portal and accessing court orders, including divorce.

Select the relevant topic below for more information:

Go to www.comcourts.gov.au to create your individual username and password Image of the Registration link on the Commonwealth Courts Portal

Once you are registered, you will need to link yourself to your file. You will need your file number and client number. If you do not have your file number and/or client number contact us by Live Chat and provide your full name, date of birth and the name of the other party, then see Link to your file after you are registered below.

For more information about registering for the Commonwealth Courts Portal see: How do I register for the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

If you are registered for the Portal, but are not linked to your file, you will need your file number and client number. If you do not have your file number and/or client number contact us by Live Chat or Email and provide your full name, date of birth and the name of the other party, then see Link to your file after you are registered below.

If you are registered for the Portal and linked to your file log in to your Commonwealth Courts Portal account.

If you have previously filed with the court, once you are registered and you have your file number and client number available follow these steps to link yourself to your file:

  1. Log in.
  2. Select Your profile Image of the Your profile link to make changes to your details
  3. Select Request access to your file. Image showing Access to my files options: View my linked files and Request access to your file
  4. Enter your file number and client number then Submit Image of the File number, client number and submit button 

You will now be linked to your file. To access your file follow these steps:

Select the Available Files tab to locate your file Image of the Available Files tab

or search using the search bar. Image showing the Search for file form field

Note: Closed files will be available under the "All" tab.

Accessing orders

Under "Additional options for this file" - Select Image showing list of orders option

Select Image of the view orders optionin right hand column against appropriate court date. Orders will open for viewing.

Note: You will be able to see the View orders button only if orders have been uploaded on to the court's database. Orders before 1 July 2017 are not always available to be viewed on the portal. If the orders are not available, you can request to view the file at the registry by sending the Request for File Inspection form to the Registry to get a copy or if you wish to obtain a sealed copy of the orders, refer to the process — Application for sealed copy of orders.

Accessing divorce orders is different depending on where and when your divorce was granted. See: How do I prove I am divorced?