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The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a federal court of record established by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999. The Court is constituted by judges and exercises federal jurisdiction in family law and child support, bankruptcy, administrative law, consumer law, migration, industrial law, human rights, intellectual property, privacy and admiralty matters. The Court cannot deal with family law or child support matters in Western Australia, where there is a state family court. Staff of the Federal Circuit Court can provide advice on the procedures of the Court, but cannot give legal advice or assist in the conduct of proceedings.
The Attorney-General's Department was one of the original departments established at Federation in 1901. It serves the Attorney-General and the Minister for Home Affairs and provides policy advice and services to the Commonwealth in the following main areas: administrative, constitutional, civil, family and international law, international crime cooperation, Indigenous legal justice, law reform, bankruptcy estate administration and regulation, Commonwealth courts and tribunals, legal aid, native title, national and international human rights issues, censorship, criminal law and law enforcement, national security, emergency management, some aspects of customs and border control.
A statutory authority established by section 115 of the Family Law Act 1975. Advises and makes recommendations to the Attorney-General concerning the working of the Family Law Act and other legislation relating to family law, the working of legal aid in relation to family law, and any other matters relating to family law. Advice and recommendations to the Attorney-General may be either at Council's own instigation or in response to a referral by the Attorney-General.A process is currently underway to appoint new members to the Council.
The Secretariat provides administrative assistance to the Family Law Council. Council's role is to advise and make recommendations to the Attorney-General, either on its own motion or upon request made to it by the Attorney-General, concerning: a) the working of the Family Law Act 1975 and other legislation relating to family law; b) the working of legal aid in relation to family law; and c) any other matters relating to family law.
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