Grace period for forms ended

The three month grace period provided for filing old Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia forms, after the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCOA) on 1 September 2021, has ended.

From Monday 29 November 2021 only the new, approved FCFCOA versions of court forms can be filed.

All FCFCOA forms are available from the website –

Work has continued to improve the new forms since they were first published, including minor amendments and corrections.

We always recommend accessing forms directly from the website, to ensure you are using the most up-to-date version.


Documents to be filed to initiate family law proceedings

The FCFCOA is currently considering the number of documents to be filed when initiating family law proceedings, balancing the need for judicial officers to have relevant details about the issues in dispute, including risk and safety concerns, with the overarching purpose of conducting family law proceedings as quickly, inexpensively and efficiently as possible.

The Court will provide further updates in this regard in due course.

Please note you are required to comply with pre-action procedures before you initiate Court proceedings. For more information about the Court’s expectations, pre-action procedures and dispute resolution, see the Court’s website.


This update is also available from the Court’s website:

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