Evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms

Report – December 2009

Acronyms, abbreviations and glossary

ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
AGD Attorney-General's Department
AIFS Australian Institute of Family Studies
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AJFL Australian Journal of Family Law
ATSI Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
AV Audiovisual
AVO Apprehended Violence Order
BITSEA Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment
CAC Case Assessment Conference
CALD Culturally and linguistically diverse
CBS Call Back Service
CCS Children's Contact Service
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CFC 2003 Caring for Children after Parental Separation Survey 2003
CLC Community Legal Centre
COTA Council on the Aging
CRP Child Responsive Program
CSA Child Support Agency
CSS Child Support Scheme
DV Domestic violence
DVO Domestic Violence Order
EDST Education and Skills Training
EIS Early intervention services
FaCSIA Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FaHCSIA Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FCS 2003 Family Characteristics Survey 2003
FCS 2007 Family Characteristics and Transitions Survey 2007
FDR Family dispute resolution
FRAL Family Relationship Advice Line
FRC Family Relationship Centre
FRO Family Relationships Online
FRSP Family Relationship Services Program
FV Family violence
GP General practitioner
HILDA Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey
ICL Independent children's lawyer
LAT Less adversarial trials
LSAC Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
MFRS Men and Family Relationships Service
OLS Ordinary least squares
PDR Primary dispute resolution
POP Parenting Orders Program
PPVT Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
PSCP Post-Separation Cooperative Parenting
PSS Post-separation services
RFDR Regional family dispute resolution
SCSP Supporting Children after Separation Program
SDQ Strengths and Difficulties Scale
SFVS Specialised Family Violence Service
SSAT Social Security Appeals Tribunal
TDRS Telephone Dispute Resolution Service
Family Law Evaluation projects
FLS 2006 Family Lawyers Survey 2006
FLS 2008 Family Lawyers Survey 2008
  Families Project
GPPS 2006 General Population of Parents Survey 2006
GPPS 2009 General Population of Parents Survey 2009
GSFS 2009 Family Pathways: The Grandparents in Separated Families Study, 2009
LBS 2009 Family Pathways: The Looking Back Survey, 2009
LCP Legislation and Courts Project
LSSF W1 2008 Family Pathways: The Longitudinal Study of Separated Families, Wave 1, 2008
LSSF W2 2009 Family Pathways: The Longitudinal Study of Separated Families, Wave 2, 2009
  Online Survey of FRSP Staff 2008
  Online Survey of FRSP Staff 2009
QSLSP 2008 Qualitative Study of Legal System Professionals, 2007-08
QSLSP 2009 Qualitative Study of Legal System Professionals, 2009
  Qualitative Study of FRSP Staff 2008
  Qualitative Study of FRSP Staff 2009
SPP Service Provision Project
  Survey of FRSP Clients 2009
FCoA Family Court of Australia
FCoWA Family Court of Western Australia
FMC Federal Magistrates Court
  Child Support Amendment Act 2006
  Family Court Act 1997 (WA)
  Family Law Amendment (Defacto Financial and Other Measures) Act 2008 (Cth)
FLA 1975 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Reform Act 1995 Family Law Reform Act 1995
SPR Act 2006 Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cth)
Judicial abbreviations
CJ Chief Justice
DCJ Deputy Chief Justice
FM Federal Magistrate
J Justice
Care-time descriptions
Care-time arrangement Percentage of nights
Father never sees child Mother 100% of the time
Father with daytime-only care Mother 100%, father sees daytime only
Most nights with mother* Mother 66-99%, father 1-34%
Shared care time involving more nights with mother Mother 53-65%, father 35-47%
Equal care time Equal time 48-52%
Shared care time involving more nights with father Mother 35-47%, father 53-65%
Most nights with father* Mother 1-34%, father 66-99%
Mother with daytime-only care Mother sees daytime only, father 100%
Mother never sees child Father 100% of the time

Note: * Where the child spends most nights with one parent and attention is directed to the other parent, the latter parent is described as having a minority of care nights.